sábado, 21 de julio de 2012

THE HARD BEGINNINGS


Behind every artist there’s a life, and in the case of the singers that compose their songs as the three main artists of this blog, we can know some of the things that have happened to them by listening to the lyrics of their songs. We can also find it out through the interviews or comments they make.

Michael Jackson, Madonna and Lady Gaga had hard youths, and maybe all the difficulties they suffered pushed them to fight for their dreams in a stronger way than other people.

The case of Michael Jackson was typical for every black person living in America at the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s: Every black family was discriminated and underestimated. A part from that, his father, Joe, used to attack and hit him. Joe introduced his children to the world of music, but Michael was too young for that and the press scandals and the pressure to be successful in a world of white singers marked him for life.

On the other hand, Madonna lost her mother with five years old and had to get used to see her father with another woman, a fact that in her youth she didn’t accept at all. In school, she tried to show her talent in dancing to the others or simply draw attention of her classmates because of her loneliness. When she grew up she decided to go to New York to get any artistic job, but she was alone there and without money, so she had to do things as pornographic photos to earn a living. In the streets of the city she was sexually abused too.
"It was the first time I'd ever taken a plane, the first time I'd ever gotten a taxi cab. I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I'd ever done."
*Encyclopedia Madonnica, Matthew Rettenmund, Pg. 45

Lady Gaga hadn’t a good youth either. In the secondary school she started to be bullied by some classmates. In the MTV program Behind The Music she told that one day in the street some of the students of her school put her in a garbage container. Because of her loneliness she started to consume cocaine or induce herself vomiting, but her dream was to be singer, so with a few months she left this bad behavior.
                                 
Maybe this hard way to live taught them to be strong and follow their dreams. Perhaps without these experiences they wouldn’t have considered themselves strong enough to fight in the difficult world of music. Despite all these bad experiences, now the people that underestimated them just admire their work. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT A PART OF SOCIETY REFUSED THEM AND NOW THEY ARE ADMIRED ALL OVER THE WORLD?

domingo, 8 de julio de 2012

THE BEST PERFORMANCES ON TELEVISION

In their performances, these artists always surprise us, either with a good show or with a sentimental performance.

There are polemics with the singing because of the lip sync. Lady Gaga has never done it, but Madonna has lip synced in some TV programs, although she always sings live at their tours. Maybe she focuses her efforts trying to draw attention to the public on other things. Other artists like Michael Jackson used to combine the playback with the voice because of the extreme choreographies, a technique that the other two women have used in some cases.

“Just in case any of you wonder if I ever lip sync during my shows, the answer is no. I never lip sync, I’ve never lip synced and I never will […] as long as you pay money to buy a ticket to see my show […]” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol1gjqp-5gQ&feature=related (from 0:15)
*Lady Gaga at the Monster Ball Tour, Honda Center of Anaheim (March 31st, 2011).

Apart from this, the performances are often striking and innovative and in some cases full of polemics, as you can check in the video below.

As we can see in the results so far of one of the surveys of this blog, the people that have voted think that to be successful in pop music the best way to achieve fans is to offer a powerful show with a big choreography. In fact, these three stars used to do this type of performances in their beginnings, but as time has gone by they have changed them to more simple and sentimental shows.

Everybody has seen in some occasion their performances on television and probably you will have your favourites. In this video you can see some of them, but of course there are many more.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE PERFORMANCE ON A TELEVISION SHOW OF EACH SINGER AND WHY? (Not necessarily have to be from the video) You can leave a comment below or in the video channel. If you want, you can leave the video link too. Thank you.
THE BEST TV PERFORMANCES BY MADONNA, MICHAEL JACKSON AND LADY GAGA from Sergi Ibor on Vimeo.