Confession time: I love Lady Gaga.
I can’t get enough of her creativity and infectious music, and to be honest I think she’s a total genius. Yesterday I caught an interview with her on Fuse and while I was totally enamored by every word she said, my husband was just confused.
“How is she genius?” he asked me.
“Are you kidding? LOOK at her!” I told him, disgusted that he couldn’t appreciate her freakish awesomeness.
“Is she crazy or something?” he asked. He was tinkering with his Droid during this conversation, so I was even more bothered that he wasn’t really absorbing Gaga’s message.
But I’ll be honest– I get his confusion. Lady Gaga isn’t “normal” (whatever normal even is.) But what makes her so brilliant is that her songs have depth to them. She writes her own music the way any other artist approaches his or her art: with the understanding that there is more being said or relayed than what is immediately presented. When I write a short story, I know that I’m really saying more than the page explicitly states, but that’s up to you to interpret. Poets, painters, songwriters, musicians– it’s all the same. When creating something, the artist both consciously and unconsciously adds layers of depth and meaning. This is why Gaga is so brilliant! She can sit there and tell how each song is created, envisioned, born, revised and in addition to that, she can tell you what her songs are saying besides the obvious.
I love her.
I also love this quote. This is what she has taught me about writing:
“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.”
Yes! She gets it. She’s saying that whatever you’re writing (or painting or whatever-ing) about, whatever that idea is, you need to get down and dirty with it. You have to find its potential in the ugly places, because that is really what makes art good. And when you get this close and this involved with your idea, you become connected to it in a way that prevents you from walking away until it’s fully realized and until it breathes all on its own.
So, Lady Gaga has taught me that as I go forward on this writing venture of mine (since I can’t not write), I have to take my ideas and get close to them, mess around with them and give them the opportunity to be incredible and also heartbreaking. That is where art lives, don’t you think?
I love Gaga. Seriously.
Here’s the first part of her interview on Fuse where the above quote is mentioned and where she talks about creativity and her process a bit. She’s fascinating, no?
What is your take on creativity and inspiration in your writing or your art form? Do you think Gaga is on the money, or just a nut?