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Lady Gaga Was Reborn This Way, Baby
Gaga shares some very personal insights on songs from ‘Cheek To Cheek’ in her interview with Jordan Miller of BreatheHeavy.com
On ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’

“[…]An interesting backstory for ‘Bang Bang’ is that my ex-boyfriend, Luc Carl, was also the best friend of Brian Newman (the trumpet player who she plays that song with). We haven’t seen or spoken to [Luc] in almost two years, so that performance is extremely emotional for us. It was a romance, a goodbye… extremely painful. I think that’s what makes the performance very honest. You have his ex-girlfriend and his ex-best friend playing to one another, and there was something that was quite heart wrenching about it for both of us.”

On ‘Lush Life’

“I have not shied away from being honest about struggling with needing to drink or taking drugs since I was a young 19-year-old girl. I have found my sobriety through my relationship with Tony Bennett, because he helped me to heal through singing these songs. I could probably get through ‘Lush Life’ when we were singing it, but he just told me to breathe and allow the story to come through in the music. That way, you can no longer beat yourself up about your weaknesses. Your weaknesses become your triumphs.”

On being sober and focusing on pop music

“[…]I think it’s a daily struggle for anyone that has gone through this sort of thing. And, I’m not entirely sober. I am practicing meditation and self-control. I am very focused on my career. I feel like it’s ‘The Fame’ all over again. I have that hunger in my belly, especially since this is a new genre for me. It’s almost like it’s putting out my first record. I want to make Tony so proud, and I certainly will continue to write pop songs. I consider jazz to be pop.”

On how solitude affects her art

“Fear not! It is not the music that controls my expression of my solitude. It is me, and I feel very happy with my loneliness. My solitude is something that strengthens my art. I’ve embraced it. I feel very liberated, very happy. Like a tiger let out of the cage, or a bird flying for the first time, in a long time. Maybe like the Phoenix. My wings aren’t broken anymore.”
“I’ve worked hard towards this moment, and I think it’s an important message to tell my fans: even if you’re going through a dark time… don’t ever give up. You can always make your way back to the other end of that circle and find your happiness again.”

On success

“I think success comes in a lot of different forms. Chart success is incredible, and when it happens… my gosh… it’s life changing for the artist. It’s a humbling experience. I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for the tremendous record sales I’ve had over the years. But when an album doesn’t sell as much I think that the success is in its influence. I’ve been very excited to see that ‘ARTPOP’ has influenced other things. That sense of creative freedom – that was more important to me then anything. It’s always about the message. No matter what happens I’m happy with the outcome because I feel blessed to have a career at all. I feel happy that I have a voice in the world, and happy I get to make music every day and be with my fans.”

And a message for Little Monsters

“I want to thank [my fans] for their loyalty and devotion, for their open mind, for sharing creativity and talent and inspiring me by staying by my side through all the ups and downs and supporting me as I take a turn into jazz. I feel gratitude for that every day. A big I love you to them and I wish everyone on your site, Gaga fans and non-Gaga fans, a lot of happiness and peace. I wish for this industry to be old school with the happiness I’ve been feeling with Tony Bennett; a lot of class and elegance and a dash of charm.”
“Who’s to say when the next jazz record is out, but just know this won’t be my last. I’ll see you soon. Chin up, and whoever broke your heart… fuck it.”

You can read the rest of the interview here.

gagaroyale:

Lady Gaga Was Reborn This Way, Baby

Gaga shares some very personal insights on songs from ‘Cheek To Cheek’ in her interview with Jordan Miller of BreatheHeavy.com

On ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’

“[…]An interesting backstory for ‘Bang Bang’ is that my ex-boyfriend, Luc Carl, was also the best friend of Brian Newman (the trumpet player who she plays that song with). We haven’t seen or spoken to [Luc] in almost two years, so that performance is extremely emotional for us. It was a romance, a goodbye… extremely painful. I think that’s what makes the performance very honest. You have his ex-girlfriend and his ex-best friend playing to one another, and there was something that was quite heart wrenching about it for both of us.”

On ‘Lush Life’

“I have not shied away from being honest about struggling with needing to drink or taking drugs since I was a young 19-year-old girl. I have found my sobriety through my relationship with Tony Bennett, because he helped me to heal through singing these songs. I could probably get through ‘Lush Life’ when we were singing it, but he just told me to breathe and allow the story to come through in the music. That way, you can no longer beat yourself up about your weaknesses. Your weaknesses become your triumphs.”

On being sober and focusing on pop music

“[…]I think it’s a daily struggle for anyone that has gone through this sort of thing. And, I’m not entirely sober. I am practicing meditation and self-control. I am very focused on my career. I feel like it’s ‘The Fame’ all over again. I have that hunger in my belly, especially since this is a new genre for me. It’s almost like it’s putting out my first record. I want to make Tony so proud, and I certainly will continue to write pop songs. I consider jazz to be pop.”

On how solitude affects her art

“Fear not! It is not the music that controls my expression of my solitude. It is me, and I feel very happy with my loneliness. My solitude is something that strengthens my art. I’ve embraced it. I feel very liberated, very happy. Like a tiger let out of the cage, or a bird flying for the first time, in a long time. Maybe like the Phoenix. My wings aren’t broken anymore.”

“I’ve worked hard towards this moment, and I think it’s an important message to tell my fans: even if you’re going through a dark time… don’t ever give up. You can always make your way back to the other end of that circle and find your happiness again.”

On success

“I think success comes in a lot of different forms. Chart success is incredible, and when it happens… my gosh… it’s life changing for the artist. It’s a humbling experience. I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude for the tremendous record sales I’ve had over the years. But when an album doesn’t sell as much I think that the success is in its influence. I’ve been very excited to see that ‘ARTPOP’ has influenced other things. That sense of creative freedom – that was more important to me then anything. It’s always about the message. No matter what happens I’m happy with the outcome because I feel blessed to have a career at all. I feel happy that I have a voice in the world, and happy I get to make music every day and be with my fans.”

And a message for Little Monsters

“I want to thank [my fans] for their loyalty and devotion, for their open mind, for sharing creativity and talent and inspiring me by staying by my side through all the ups and downs and supporting me as I take a turn into jazz. I feel gratitude for that every day. A big I love you to them and I wish everyone on your site, Gaga fans and non-Gaga fans, a lot of happiness and peace. I wish for this industry to be old school with the happiness I’ve been feeling with Tony Bennett; a lot of class and elegance and a dash of charm.”

“Who’s to say when the next jazz record is out, but just know this won’t be my last. I’ll see you soon. Chin up, and whoever broke your heart… fuck it.”

You can read the rest of the interview here.