For years I’ve been vaguely aware of singers Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse, but never made an effort to really listen to their music. Both seemed too “over the top” for my tastes and somehow not worthy of my attention. A year or so ago, I happened upon a concert special featuring Lady Gaga on TV and found myself pulled in, at first, by the spectacle of it all. As a result, I came to realize that she could really sing. More recently I ordered the documentary “Amy” from Netflixs and was equally surprised at the quality of her music. ( I should mention that everything I am saying here applies to Michael Jackson as well.)
If you haven’t seen the movie “Amy”, I would suggest that you do so. It not only provides some insights into her creativity but also explores what I call the “thin line between creativity, spirituality and crazy” (see article “SUN RA, THE ALIEN: THE THIN LINE BETWEEN GENIUS, SPIRITUALITY AND CRAZY” at http://artandzentoday.com/?p=928)
Why some artists end up like Amy and others like Lady Gaga is a fascinating question that I don’t think can be answered fully. However, my friend and Zen teacher Jake Roshi recently brought my attention to an article that may provide some insight on the matter. The article was written by David Brooks, a New York Times correspondent and is titled “Lady Gaga and the Life of Passion”. The link below leads to a video based on Roshi’s reading and commentary on the article at the Vista Zen Center.