August 11, 2009 was a night to remember for the thousands in Araneta. I’ve never seen a crowd so alive and dynamic like the one last night. For every song, each person (minus the straight boyfriends forced out under-love lol) in the coliseum sang to Lady Gaga’s clever words and moved to her hypnotic beats and melodies. We would scream for every time she would call us lovingly with our city’s name and urged us to move all together. She would never stop telling us how great it was to be in our humble city and even told us some small stories before each song. Hearing her sincere gratitude made me feel as epic as her music, production, costumes, and make up. It wasn’t just our honor to have her. She never stopped telling us how it was an honor for her as well to perform for us. There was no bullshit in her words. Read her story and you’d see how hard it was to work to get where she is now. Every night is humbling for her, no matter how large the crowd.
She’s more than just another pop star. She’s revolutionized the typically cliche genre, managing to be artistically powerful but still keep people dancing and singing happily. Only 22 years old and she’s managed to draw from equally epic influences (Queen, David Bowie) and made a completely new name for herself. Before last night’s concert, my love for her was huge. But after seeing her live capabilities as an artist, performer, singer, and a WOMAN, my respect for her has grown more than I ever expected. She is a force to be reckoned with, a performer no one should underestimate (whether or not she’s you’re cup of tea).
Her career is not something typically seen from any singer out there. Watching her live and knowing her story has not only made me TRULY appreciate her hard work but also reconsider where I’m headed. Life doesn’t come easy, but you just have to fight till you get what you want. But you can’t lie and wait for things to fall into place either. Thank you Lady Gaga, for reminding me how life will and is always filled with endlessly awesome possibilities!