Vice vs. Virtue: Judas – Lady GaGa

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Lady Gaga — Judas – MyVideo

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Here’s the recipe for success: take a bit of love and sex, mix with religion and sin, add a little bit of a “message”, stir well and promote with a dashing and dicey video – there you go – here comes Lady GaGa’s new hit “Judas” from her new album “Born This Way” (you can read the lyrics here)– she can be sure to have the world’s attention!

The song has provoked some harsh criticism by church groups in the US, but Lady GaGa presents herself as a philosopher: The song “Judas” is …“ about constantly walking towards the light in my life, but always clutching onto the light while peering towards the devil in the back.“

So I think it’s well worth having a look. In this song Lady Gaga sings about Mary Magdalene’s love for Judas and Jesus: „I’m in love with Juda-as, Juda-as… When he comes to me, I am ready, I wash his feet with my hair if he needs.

The bible tells us the story of a woman who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. In this song, it’s Mary Magdalene who offers this act of love to Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus in the end. She knows what type of person Judas is, he certainly belongs to the side of evil and treason. Nevertheless, she feels hopelessly attracted to him: „Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain – even after three times he betrays me.“

She is torn between Jesus, whom she also loves, and Judas, promising to take revenge: “I’ll bring him down, bring him down, downa king with no crown, king with no crown.”

She knows that love can not only rescue but also destroy a person’s life: “I’ve learned love is like a brick, you can build a house or sink a dead body. “

However, there is something that is more powerful than sin and damnation – forgiveness: „Even prophets forgave his crooked way“ – so there might be salvation for her, the „fame hooker, prostitute, wench“, too.

She is really torn between the two men: „I wanna love you, but somethin’s pulling me away from you. Jesus is my virtue and Judas is the demon I cling to.”

But it’s not only about Mary’s story – this is everyone’s story, as Lady GaGa emphasizes:  “So the song is about washing the feet of both good and evil and understanding and forgiving the demons from your past in order to move into the greatness of your future… I keep going back and forth between the darkness and the light in order to understand who I am.”

I like this way of picturing human nature much more than the certainty with which some people seem to know what is good and what is evil.

As Lady GaGa points out: “If you have no shadows then you’re not standing in the light.” She is so right!

The official video has certainly bothered some sensitive religious people. Jesus and his disciples a band of bikers,  Mary’s bath in a beer-whirlpool with Jesus and Judas, well, that is  provocative and very GaGa-like, isn’t it?  ;-)… “and it’s really fun to dance to.” (GaGa).

At the end Mary Magdalene, all dressed in innocent white, is lying on the floor, stoned to death. Is Lady GaGa anticipating the reactions to this video?  Or has she decided to walk the road of virtue and does this always lead to death? GaGa as a martyr? Hmmm…

Still, there is the constant task in everyone’s life to balance the Fool and the Holy within us – thanks, Lady GaGa, for reminding us of this! 😉

(all quotes according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judas_(song))

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Less is more? Society – Eddie Vedder

Not always, and not under all circumstances. In some cases it’s just a question of taste. In the future it might be a question of survival.

In his song “Society” (lyrics can be found here), written by Jerry Hannan, Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam deals with the latter. You can watch the video on Youtube.

He describes a society in which “more” is one of the most prominent words of all:

We have a greed with which we have agreed

And you think you have to want more than you need

Until you have it all you won’t be free“.

That is, very briefly spoken, how our society and financial system works. Unless we are able to consume more, we won’t be satisfied. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

But then again, there are doubts, too. You meet people who live differently, have different aims and criteria in life – and suddenly things are starting to change: “And when you think more than you want your thoughts begin to bleed. I think I need to find a bigger place because when you have more than you think you need more space.

The film “Into the Wild”, in which this song is featured, is about someone needing “more space”. A young man bids goodbye to his life in security and wealth and pursues his dream: he goes “into the wild”, to Alaska, to learn something about life in general and himself. The chorus is his farewell song:

Society, you’re a crazy breed. Hope you’re not lonely without me… Society, have mercy on me, hope you’re not angry if I disagree…

Nowadays there seems to be an alternative to this form of living the idea of “less-is-more”. In the US and elsewhere young people get rid of most of their belongings and try to live with 100 things or less, one of them being their laptop. Check out the website http://cultofless.com and help Kelly Sutton to get rid of some of his belongings ;-)….

A completely digitalized life might be less cluttered – whether it is more satisfying, I don’t know yet…

Anyway – there is certainly something to the idea of “less is more” and it requires a lot of rethinking:

There’s those thinking, more-or-less, less is more,

but if less is more, how you keeping score?

Means for every point you make, your level drops,

kinda like you’re starting from the top.

You can’t do that…”

Maybe the new urban minimalism isn’t for you, and you might not want to try the survival thing either.

But maybe there is something you want to reduce in your life, and be it only the amount of clothes in your closet? I think I’ll start with that right now….

What’s your choice? Less or more?

CSI Eurovision? Taken by a Stranger – Lena

Did anyone watch the Eurovision Song Contest last Saturday? Not that this is my type of music, but of course I wanted to know how the German contestant, Lena, was going to do in the competition.  When it became obvious that the contribution of Azerbaijan would win I knew that she wouldn’t have a chance with her song “Taken by a Stranger”. Anyway, the song’s popularity in Germany got me a record number of views in the German version of my blog, where I had posted some thoughts about this song. The fact that so many people googled the meaning of the song’s lyrics shows that there is certainly some need for enlightenment. Actually, I could not find any convincing interpretation of the lyrics anywhere on the internet.

I would really appreciate if some English native speakers could take some minutes to read the lyrics, maybe watch the spooky video and let us Germans know what you think the song is about…

Lena Meyer-Landrut – Taken By A Stranger from wiyono on Vimeo.

My theory: either some sort of crime happened: “Taken by a stranger” -‘taken’ meaning ‘fascinated’ or something else???  “She’s got a knuckle in her eye…lured into the danger”,  mirrors shuttering, people disappearing in the video – but then again, at the end there seems to be no victim, so- no crime!

Or: the lady is a professional whore (“he knows her catcall”) specialized on some kind of disguise-role-plays: “Put the blindfold on his eyes. She saw him peek through. Can’t imagine her disguise…”

So, is this a case for CSI or just a glimpse into a dubious night bar? HELP, please ! What do you think? 😉

What is it with America? Hollywood Hills – Sunrise Avenue

Sunrise Avenue – Hollywood Hills from Anorak Agency on Vimeo.

I have to admit: I like America. This is rather unusual for people of my political opinion in Germany. Since I travelled to the US for the first time as a 13-year-old girl I have been fascinated by this beautiful country – and every following visit has increased my enthusiasm. It’s the breathtaking landscapes: Grand Canyon, the Rockies, Great Lakes, the deserts but also vibrant cities such as San Francisco or especially New York.

As I have only been there for holidays, the American people are still somewhat of a mystery for me as a German. They definitely seem to “be wired differently”, which is completely understandable as we have made quite different experiences in our past. This has become obvious once again during the last week when the news about Osama Bin Laden’s death spread around the world. While Americans cheered and celebrated, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel was heavily criticized for using the word “joy” in this context. Well, I don’t want to go into this matter any deeper for the moment…

The song “Hollywood Hills” (song lyrics can be read here) by the Finnish rock band Sunrise Avenue is very popular in Germany at the moment. It deals with memories of a good time in the Californian city of Los Angeles. Not that I think that this is one of the most beautiful places in the US – but of course it is famous for its music and film industry and all the hype around its stars and celebrities. It seems to be a place full of  sun, fun, love: “Now this is not the time or the place for a broken-hearted, ’cause this is the end of the rainbow where no one can be too sadThank you for the morning walks on the sweet Sunset and for the hot night moments, for the fantasy in my bed”.

What I can definitely understand is  missing a place, dreaming of it, hoping to come back one day: „Bye bye, Hollywood Hills, I’m gonna miss you, where ever I go, I’m gonna come back to walk these streets again. Bye bye, Hollywood Hills forever.”

Sunrise Avenue seem to have enjoyed their stay, but Europe, their home country, is calling them back: No I don’t wanna leave but I must keep moving ahead ’cause my life belongs to the other side behind the great ocean’s waves.” There might even be a love story involved but life has taught them: „Long distance love doesn’t work … No I don’t wanna go, I don’t wanna go.”

Anyway, they have to leave – but:I take part of you with me now and you won’t get it back and a part of me will stay here, you can keep it forever, dear.”

Having lived for 7 years abroad in Australia, I know what this feels like: you leave something behind, you take something with you, you lose a bit of yourself and you change as a person.

Now what is it with America and the American Dream? As I said: for me it’s the natural beauty, the open spaces, the many possibilities – and this includes some colorful, crazy variety, the extremes that fascinate and challenge me. Yes, I guess I could say: America is one of my dream countries.

Which one is yours?

 

As time goes by: Zu schnell vorbei – Clueso

Clueso . Zu schnell vorbei from clueso on Vimeo.  Lyrics can be found here.

People all over the world have been waiting for William’s and Kate’s “royal wedding of the century” (how do they know – the century has just begun…) – and now it’s already past! Time goes by so quickly. This used to be a saying of the older generation; nowadays it looks as if even the younger ones experience the passing of time at an alarming speed. Have things changed? Has our way of life changed? It certainly has!

The song “Zu schnell vorbei” (Gone too quickly) deals with this kind of experience. Clueso, a German singer/songwriter complains: It is crazy, I can’t describe it, everything runs so fast, nobody can stop time. I try to enjoy the moment but I have to go on, otherwise I might miss out on something. I try to remember but memory fades away. I want to hold on to things, people, and feelings, keep them forever – but that doesn’t work either. Time just goes by…

Yes, we need the memory of past times, they belong to our lives.
Yes, we need dreams about a future to motivate us and keep us going.

Maybe the hardest part is this: to be aware of the present, to enjoy the good times we encounter, the beauty around us, the love and friendship, the moment of peace and tranquility that is given to us from time to time amidst the hassle of our daily lives.

The official video for the song illustrates the song’s lyrics in a very impressive way. I would like to call out top the runner: Hey, stop for a moment, look around! You are missing out on so many beautiful places and breathtaking views!

At the end he finally seems to stop, maybe just because he is out of breath. But anyway, there is his chance to enjoy the moment.

Time goes by, that’s a fact. However, we can stop for a moment and just BE there. That is when time seems to stand still – and be it only for us!