I have found myself enjoying Lady Gaga's new album alot more than I would have thought. There are these two songs that I cannot seem to stop listening to. These songs are “Fun Tonight” and “911”. “Fun Tonight” seems to be my more favourite among these two. It has this “Edge of Glory” reminiscence. Which should come to no shock, since both seem to come from a similar emotion. On of course being that of the love of her grandparents (with one of them having died while the surviving spouse hovered over him) and the other being out of sadness from a past failed relationship.
Of course, this is not to compare both pains, but they do both come from pain, nonetheless. But this then opens up the dialogue of why some female artists receive more criticism over their biographical lyrics than others. As if it were not bad enough that women tend to face more disdain then men in this aspect from the beginning. But of course, this topic is for another day.
But this is post is more of why most songs about pain or whose origin come from pain are so popular, especially heartbreak. It really comes down to relatability, everyone suffers and everyone experiences heartbreak. Death and a broken heart seem to be the two things that are impossible to avoid in life. I am pretty sure that there are even psychopaths out there who have had their heart broken. But the one thing I like about songs like “Fun Tonight” is that even though it speaks of a past failed relationship, the beat and melody balance out the emotions one will have when listening to the song.
Melody is such an important aspect of a song. I mean I cannot possibly be the only one out there to hear some songs only for the melody, not even realising that sometimes the lyrics are less than desirable. Even though there are songs out there that have both heartbreak lyrics and a heartbreak melody, it is songs like “Fun Tonight” that make you want to move pass that heartbreak and not want to indulge in the melancholy of the failed relationship. Lady Gaga is among the few artists that both can achieve this desire of wanting to pick yourself and not receive such harsh criticism for writing about past relationships.
Chromatica, despite being so heavily about pain, lifts one’s spirit and I find it somehow empowering. Of course, that could just be the fact that I find Lady Gaga empowering and a prime example of not conforming to societal norms of being a strong woman behind a strong man. This is why “Dance in the Dark” is my most favourite song by Lady Gaga. ;) I bet you did not see that twist.