So I know that this is super old news in the media, but I can not let it go. I keep hearing about it in parodies and youtube videos and it’s driving me B-A-N-A-N-A-S. I can not even watch one of Gaga’s videos anymore without seeing some Madonna lover, Gaga basher comment.
So if you live under a rock, or simply do not care about this stupid argument (good for you) the whole idea of it is that Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” song is apparently a copycat of Madonna’s “Express Yourself”. Seriously? Have people even heard these two songs? One is painfully slow and does not match it’s instrumental background. One is super fast and makes everyone wanna dance and shimmy across the dance floor like a zombie on drugs. You can decide which one is which, in your own opinion.
Tell you what I think. You know what “Express Yourself” sounds like? “Vogue”. You know who sings “Vogue”? Madonna. I didn’t even ever care enough to notice until I was listening to “Express Yourself” to hear any Gaga in there and I couldn’t help but want to Vogue. That was weird. So really the only person who’s songs sound like Madonna’s are Madonna’s. I mean I am not saying there is anything wrong with this. Mostly because I am unsure if plagiarizing yourself is wrong to do. I don’t think it should be, but I’m sure many [profs] would argue that.
I do not think that these songs sound enough alike to make it an issue. Am I crazy? I even listened to a mix up (no, it was definitely not a mash up) of the two songs, meant to make people hear the similarities, and I still do not hear it. I still hear “Vogue”. Maybe I love Gaga more than I thought. Who knows.
Ok so maybe if you still want to argue that there are like some instrumental parts that are similar (which I still don’t hear, but anyway) isn’t almost every song the same then?
And for that matter, what about the 90s. Gosh, that era of music was just full of the same crap being pumped out by different people all decade long. Every pop song from the 90s that we all love (yes you do) sounds the same. Super banging “bass”, electronic-y voices, extra fast beat (so as to be perfect to play at the raves) just some fist pumping madness. I listen to AOL RADIO on the 90s pop station so, I know this stuff.
So, couldn’t one argue that anything ever written could relate to something that was written before it. After all, we are all human (even if you believe you are not) and we are all inspired or influenced by other people. How many sounds can you actually make? I bet that the person who is credited for “inventing” music isn’t really the one who invented it at all. I am pretty sure that the story of music starts with the first real creation of an instrument, but there was probably someone years before that who took some rocks and jingled them. Or someone knew about the blowing on the blade of grass in between your thumbs thing way before we did.
I don’t know. All I know is that I don’t think Lady Gaga stole Madonna’s “sound” at all. I think Gaga’s response was something to the effect of liking her growing up so maybe that’s where her inspiration came from. LEGIT possible. I’m just saying. Also, I don’t even know if Madonna cared about this whole thing, but I really don’t really care either.
As long as an artist didn’t take a song, strip the words out, and literally use the EXACT music, what’s the big deal? You didn’t invent it anyway. I don’t write music, but I am an avid listener, and it’s all the same to me. It’s all about expression and just rockin out in your own way.
I have no idea what the purpose of writing this down was. I feel annoyed that this was a “controversy”. First of all, seriously? Second of all, maybe you didn’t catch on, but I just don’t see [hear] it.
Listen yourself. See if you hear it.
Stay hydrated. Smell some flowers today, but don’t linger in people’s gardens, it looks weird. And if you are going to a flower store to do it, buy something because then you look creepy. Who goes to a flower shop to browse?
Anywho, that’s just my opinion.