During the Grammy's Sunday night I had a new found friend tell me that life will repeat itself on the Best Album of the Year category. One...that I have to be honest....was hoping Miss Lady Gaga would take home yet lost to Taylor Swift (who did deserve it). Why? Why am I so moved by Miss Lady Gaga, well, because of her social statements that she makes every time she hits the stage. Is this new or is history repeating itself? Hmmm...if you know history well...as this kind friend pointed out...you know that Madonna set this platform for her...and of Madonna's time...she was the unknown misfit creating contrevorsy much like Lady Gaga is today. I begged to differ...perhaps hoping that he was wrong and that the world had changed...and unlike when Madonna made these statements and were denied the Music Industry's awards ..I was hoping that now their would be support for an artist who stretches current boundries...however, I quickly realized that down deep...he was right. A women of the 2010 current concept of making face on social issues of our time...she has made a definite place for herself in the music industry...wowing and shocking the world. Her death scene during her PAPARAZZI song at the VMA's...screams...MADONNA's sacrifice on the cross. Similar platforms - different times.
As I have taught Master Classes across the country - I continue to be wowed by the talent. But a common thread that I find across the country is sadly not sitting with me very well...and this is how unfamiliar the NOW generation is bringing only current material or popular material to the table. If we do not understand the past or history of music...we are cutting ourselves out of opportunity and knowledge - this makes one look naive and unprofessional. Also, by understanding the past we are better artists and individuals in our craft of music. SO LEARN YOUR HISTORY...AND SING OUT YOUR HISTORY (20's, 30/40's, 50/60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and today).
Knowledge and Understanding is POWER!