Blown Away. Totally. She owned the crowd last night. Every sound uttered from her lips was music, and every motion, calculated for maximum effect.
This happened last night at the launch of Singtel’s Amped – a new music download service provided by Singtel, and it happened in a dome imported from Dubai.
I thought she was really talented when I mentioned her in this entry, but apparently, I didn’t give her enough credit. I was all excited when she started on the acoustic version of Poker Face (I really like this one). Midway, she started climbing onto the stool and did part of the song in a partially squatting position. Odd? Not yet – she then stood up with her legs straight and bent her body to create an inverted L. I thought that was about as far as you can stretch a person’s psycho motor skills – singing and playing the piano while in that physically challenging position. She took it a notch further when she sat down and added fill-ins to the song with her high heels! Yes! She put a leg up on the keyboard and played it with her stilettos! The crowd went wild!!! There’s a seasickness inducing version here on youtube but it might be better than mere words.
It certainly is very much theatrics, but it certainly worked – I’ll have to take back what I said in the past about gimmicks and music. As if to prove that she isn’t just about cirque du soleil showmanship or plain gimmicks, she also improvised a piano solo not heard in her other performances and it was plain talent.
It may be too soon to tell, but I think Lady Gaga is set to be this generation’s Madonna. She’s bringing the old glamour and fashion of the 70s back, infused with her signature quirky /sexy style. Do I sound like I’m gushing? It’s not very becoming but I am such a fan now J
Here are some pics I managed to get in before my battery died on me – before the show! I was initially annoyed with myself for forgetting to load up on cam juice, but on the bright side, it allowed me to be totally immersed in the moment so I wasn’t worrying about whether I was capturing enough shots *Swoon*
Here’s Jessica Tan (MSU 2007), Nathaniel Koh and me
Kui Jien and his lovely wife Sarah Tan (they like these couple poses -claims it’s how things are between them haha)
Dan and Young who did a fabulous job hosting the event (It’s true even from my biased point of view ok)
Rozz from 987FM all geared up for the showcase wearing Lady Gaga’s signature lightning bolt