Lady Gaga‘s ‘New York, New York‘, the song she performed at the Frank Sinatra 100 concert in Las Vegas early in December, is my Repeat Rotation Video for today. Because it’s incredible, and with Gaga’s voice, her stage presence and the strength and emotion behind it creating one of the best live performances she has ever done. In fact, I’m betting Sinatra was giving her a standing ovation up in heaven after she was done, just like that audience was.
Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, grew up in New York too. So the song itself could not have been more perfect for her. As I’m sure, when she belted out “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York, New York”, I wasn’t the only one imagining her sitting down at her piano in a small New York apartment years ago, before anyone knew who she was, writing songs, and imagining the world she now lives in, and the career she now rocks.
Plus, let’s face it, when you get away from the usual pop, Lady Gaga has a powerhouse voice that is so incredibly well suited to songs like ‘New York, New York‘. Songs that require huge emotion, while also being able to pack a helluva whallop into the vocals themselves. Gaga can do that.
Throw in the perfectness of Gaga, rising up from under the stage wearing Sinatra’s iconic suit and hat, and then doing an entire performance with the same classic showmanship Sinatra himself always exhibited, and Lady Gaga’s ‘New York, New York‘ is perfection here.
Watch and listen to her below, and then bow down to that talent. Because what she can do is not only phenomenal, she makes it seem so effortless.