One of my readers emailed last year to ask what I thought of Lady Gaga. She was worried about her preteen daughter, and the messages she was being exposed to. Lady Gaga was under scrutiny because of her theatrical performances. She was worried that her daughter might be influenced by Lady Gaga, and asked if I sensed any negative energy in her music and persona. I can see where she's coming from, just think of the theatrical performances, some of the dance scenes, and the clothing. She is clearly channeling some of Madonna's shock appeal from the 80's and 90's. Millions of people love it, and this lady was asking me why.
I'm not a parent, and I wasn't looking to give parenting advice. It was up to her to decide what her kids listen to, assuming they were still young enough for her to control that. I did tell her that I am a fan of Lady Gaga's, and that I don't sense any negative energy in her music. Quite the opposite! I really like some of her songs, especially Bad Romance and Alejandro. I also told her that not everything dark is evil. Sometimes we need a little darkness to embrace our shadow side. I think Lady Gaga appeals to so many people because they see a little bit of their own darkness reflected in her work. And it's OK. The thought reminds me of a class on Spirit Guides and Angels, the teacher told us that not everything dark is bad, and not everything bright is good. One of my Spirit Guides is pitch black in color, but he has a very benevolent feeling to him. What matters is how they make you feel, and what your intuition tells you. My intuition tells me Lady Gaga's visual art appeals to the masses because she helps them accept their shadow side. I think that is the 1st step in any healing process. It is also knowing we are perfect, just as we are.
As you may have noticed, I spend a lot of time online looking for fresh inspiration. One of the things I discovered lately is the Born This Way Foundation. It was created by Miss Gaga and her mother in 2011. Their mission is "to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world." It helps youngsters accept aspects of themselves that other people might use against them like race, sexuality, ethnicity, etc. It applauds those who have shown courage to stand up for themselves or others. That sounds like one heck of a mission to me. I found the idea really inspiring, and I also happen to like the song. As a whole, this video is a great blend of the dark and light that we tend to find in Lady Gaga's work. I also think its fitting that she's not wearing much, as this song essentially says "This is me, get over it." Let me know what you think!