Gaga Wisdom: Words from the Lady
Pop music critic Ann Powers is sharing tidbits from her recent, revealing interview with the primal force known as Lady Gaga leading up to her three sold-out performances at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Dec. 21-23. Check Pop & Hiss daily for another pearl from the girl. Today, she discusses the emotional evolution that led up to the writing of the eight new songs featured on the reissue of her bestselling album "The Fame" -- the repackaged version is known as "The Fame Monster" -- and how it influenced her elaborate touring production, the Monster Ball.
Lady Gaga on her emotional evolution: "I’m in a deeper, more compassionate place than where I was when I wrote 'The Fame.' The truth about 'The Fame' is that so much of myself as a woman is hinged on the idea that I can self-empower. I do that with my views and my passions and with the way I choose to carry myself, with the way that I treat other people, with the way that I operate from a place of, I don’t care if you love me, I care if you love yourself.
"But it’s meant to be this ironic juxtaposition in the Monster Ball. I talk endlessly about my fans and then I writhe around on the floor and say, 'Do you wanna [have sex with] me?' It’s asking the question, 'What is it that we really love about stars?' If the beckoning question is always, 'Why don’t you love me?,' there’s something off about that."
-- Ann Powers
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