Never had an interest in the cultural artefact that is Lady Gaga until I started cresting on the wave of work whose spectral shadow had threatened to bury me deep down in a shallow grave. Then the desultory nature of my soul led me into the ephemeral wasteland of pop culture, where irresponsible cool masquerades as intellectual blow.
When you look at Gaga as any other ‘pop star’, she’s just plain weird. But when you look at her as a performer, she’s brilliant. But I wonder if she has considered in full the consequences of being the object of super-fandom. The probabilities of train wrecks and comings to grief, for example, when drug use is portrayed as a mandatory pitstop to fame and fortune. Though maybe I’m being too harsh — maybe she’s just riffing on an old, old theme.
So I enjoy her videos as works of art, how she’s all Warholian in her art-factory-white-tower, conscientiously set apart from the clones and drones, though ultimately she sucks in the cash from the same veins, doesn’t she? Her music … veers so close to being the apotheosis of scarring songs by Aqua and its ilk. But her actual, insane ‘disco stick’, now tickles me silly, and that Paparazzi video is superb (psycho Minnie Mouse = brilliant). This song’s my favourite though, quoting as it does so very many elements I’ve enjoyed, from riffs to moves:
Oh, but it looks like I distracted myself again, away from proper gratitude for why the wave has been crested, with the end in sight — it was brought to my sudden attention through the goodness of fellowship that these verses have been made manifest in my life:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.
(Proverbs 3:5–8 NRSV)
No, it hasn’t been smooth sailing, and there haven’t been much by way of easy pies, but my Strength and my Shield, my Friend and my Brother, my ”Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace“, has been with me, and has indeed ”done all things well“. Thank you, Lord.