Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Why Gaga's dance moves and lyrics speak louder than jerks

Have you ever heard of Lady Gaga? If the answer is no, all my love goes to you, because it means you've just lost your internet virginity, so if I were you, I would click on the left hand corner button which says next blog, where you'll probably find more interesting things, like how your avatar would look like, or how easy it is to win an Ipad.

If your answer however is yes, please bear with me. During the next few lines, I will try to explain the answer to the extremely long title of this post. Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga)has managed to achieve in 3 years what took Julius Caesar 51 years, make history. With this I´m not trying to compare Lady Gaga´s achievements with Caesar's, just highlight an obvious fact.

Lady Gaga is undeniable an icon, be that good or bad, but an icon nonetheless. Now, how many people do you know who can say that of themselves? None, right? That's my point. In a time when being original and the market leader has become an obsession for wannabes and a nightmare for big corporations, a 26 year old singer/pianist/songwriter/... has left us all in awe with her charm and magnetism.

If you're not a big fan, or actually, if you simply can't stand her, don't leave this page still. I will now try to delve into the forces that have caused this phenomenon to arise from a sea of popping heads. Everyone who has heard of her, has at one point asked themselves ; "why her?". Well, like everyone else, I don't have a definite answer, but I think I'm not too far away from it.

What is the secret? the secret, like with any food recipe, is mixing the right amount of ingredients. Those ingredients are: "talent, hard work, knowing the right people, intelligence, ambition, social skills, malleability, marketability, adaptability, charisma, and having a big team of compromised, discreet, hard working and ambitious people working with you and for you".

If combined in the right doses, we might be in front of a new world sensation. But, the hard thing is not making sure someone has the perfect combination, what's crucial is to survive in the medium to long term in a display cabinet. All of the above ingredients can be developed, but being prepared to deal with all the consequences that come with fame, fortune and power, that's a tough one.

Stefani Germanotta, ticks all of the above requisites, which is why today we all know her as Lady Gaga. Her family plays a vital role in this too, but I don't want to bore you with annexes. In Stefani's case, there is one ingredient which in my opinion overpowers the rest; ambition. Is being ambitious a bad thing? well, it depends on what you ambition.

Fortunately for us, her ambitions are, like that of some great leaders, of a social nature. Her ambitions go way beyond her music career, Stefani works and fights for a change, a global change. And she is lucky, because Lady Gaga is in the perfect position to carry that out. Through her lyrics, dance moves, videos, interviews, concerts, tv appearances,... she is causing a massive impact.

If you were just analysing the first layer, your conclusion would be : "she´s an attention seeking wh***". But like a chocolate coulant, the best part comes after getting rid of the outside coat. Dig deeper, and you will find something much more interesting. Underneath all that make up and chopped raw meat, lives someone trying to infuse air and scent into many souls.

People from all over the world are changed by what she does. They look at themselves in the mirror, and see beyond their spectrum, they perceive the light and potential stored in them. Those lucky to be touched by her actions are not ashamed of their insecurities and fears, they celebrate them! They are fortunate to have someone showing them a new meaning of love, respect, and most importantly of tolerance.

For those who accuse her of just being an illuminati puppet, and manipulating the crowds, of indoctrinating teenagers, of controlling their actions and inundating their thoughts, I ask: "is pointing in the right direction manipulative? Is showing the true meaning of respect manipulative?Is freeing political slaves from their chains manipulative?" If the answer is yes, then, I for one can't wait to become a Gaga puppet.

So Gaga, keep on living your dream, and fueling your little monster's fantasies!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Orgullo Galego

I know what you´re thinking. This girl can´t make up her mind as to what language to use in her posts. Indeed you´re right, but only up until "what". Today I have decided to write a special post. Because today, in fact, yesterday before falling asleep, I realised I´d never had the chance to express my gratitude. So now, keyboard in hand, I shall proceed to honour a man who changed my life before I was even born.

This gentleman is my grandfather, Pepe, who just turned 90, but whose spirit and desire to keep on learning could easily beat that of a high school nerd. I guess, now that the introduction is on the table, or rather, the screen, it´s time for me to explain what this fuss is all about.

Pepe, José, El Galleguiño, or simply Abuelo is the breathing example of that Spanish saying " Lo bueno siempre viene en frascos pequeños". Born and raised in the solitude of the fields in Candai, he soon realised his potential was too big to be an exclusive treasure of his cows, so before his neighbours had time to get his hopes down, he fled to college.

There, not only would he feed from books and lectures, but he would also fall into the claws of an equally brilliant intellect, that of his wife to be, Lola. And so, time went by, and El Galleguiño, like a more tanned version of El Quijote, fought tooth and nail to bring down the walls of prejudice and jealousy he encountered along his way.

He walked down the road less travelled, picking up gems along the way, that would turn his world and that of those around him upside down. Pepe then discovered spirituality, the mother gem, and bought a one way ticket to the land of ॐ. Carrying a light backpack, he made his way through pebbled alleyways, collecting pieces of truth along the journey.

With a will and sacrifice only reserved to the most select creatures, he made history, and was so good at it, he made it in a silent, almost imperceptible way. So now, here I am, in my early twenties, trying to bring down my own barriers, only now, it´s easier, because I´m carrying the most powerful weapon known to humankind, herdanza.