What I love about the art inspired looks for Artpop is that Gaga’s choices really explain her thoughts and intentions about the album.
Venus represents a celebration of femininity/feminine power, rebirth, and love/sex. This really meshes with Gaga’s references in several songs to her past trauma & how she has recovered.
Dali is synonymous with surrealism and Gaga paints her lyrics with broad, strange, surreal strokes, often more impressions than statements.
Picasso’s cubist pieces show the viewer many facets of the same object at once, just as Gaga gives us songs than can be seen and interpreted from many different perspectives simultaneously. After all, her artpop could mean anything.
Lastly, the Mona Lisa is a world-famous portrait that is highly debated and enigmatic. Is she smiling? What’s up with that background? Is it actually a portrait of da Vinci? Obviously Gaga wants people to have a dialogue about meaning and interpretations.
Making a collection of acoustic Gaga songs to give to my grandparents to tide them over until the Tony Bennett/Gaga album (their late christmas present). Hopefully this will make Gaga seem more accessible because they are so straight-laced and homophobic.
So why was Artpop not just a (far superior to the studio version) rockin’ piano duet with Elton John to begin with??
I’ll never forget that time at MSG when I met a R+ fan at the merch stand who said in a nasal voice:
"I love RAMMSTEEN, they’re my favorite band!"
While I was trying not to facepalm (thinking *surely if they’re your faves you can pronounce-) I asked him what is favorite album was and he replied enthusiastically:
How. What. I.
Does it get any cuter than peach-flavored gummi penguins?? X3
Ten years of Rammfandom later, I am on the train to New York, listening to Sehnsucht, and it feels like I have come full circle.
In 2003, I came to New York for the first time with a copy of Sehnsucht in my CD player and spun it so many times that weekend, I burned it into my soul.
Three years ago almost to the day, I returned to New York City to see Rammstein live for the first time at Madison Square Garden. It was utterly unforgettable and moving to finally see them in the exact place it started.
Ten years and three live shows later, i love Sehnsucht and Rammstein possibly even more than ever. Though my constant listening has slowed down somewhat, it always feels like coming home. Rammstein’s music will always be a part of my life. Für immer!