I was a bit worried that Lady Gaga would go all leftist politics for her Super Bowl performance tonight. Instead, she managed to get her political point across without attacking the office of the POTUS, or anyone else. She began with patriotic montage of God Bless America and This Land Is Your Land on the roof of the stadium. The Woodie Guthrie classic is a nod to the protesters who often sing This Land Is Your Land at rallies protesting our current government. It was beautiful, classy, and inclusive. And her voice is AMAZING. And she did it all in a Versace jumpsuit while blue and red drones flew behind her in the sky. Blue and red drones, together.
Then she literally jumped off the roof and landed on a huge tower where she belted out Poker Face. I was still weeping from the patriotism stuff. I don’t know why but songs about my native country always bring tears to my eyes. Even moreso now that we all seem to be so divided. Maybe it was the blue and the red drones in the opening all flying without blowing each other up.
When she finally comes down to earth she sang Born This Way. A not so subtle nod to the gay community and our concerns about gay rights going backwards. But it also seemed to be about refugees, and well, the whole world. The weeping continued, with me. It was just a very poignant way to protest without being vulgar and divisive.
When she sang, Just Dance I wondered how they rehearsed the people in the crowd right up by the stage. They all had lights and all were in sync with the choreography. It was about this point where I started my comparisons to the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Seoul. Every dancer, every light waver was in sync.
By the time she got to the piano to sing Million Reasons, I was astounded that she had breath left in her body. But she did. In fact she could not sit still. It was so astounding to me. I do not think she missed a mark or a football or a mic drop or a step the entire 13 minutes. I was glued to the screen.
She also sang Telephone, Paparazzi, and Bad Romance.
I was missing a friend who is no longer with us tonight. He would have loved this musical performance. I hope he saw it from heaven.
If you missed the show, you can see the entire event below. Go full screen. It’s incredible.