There is so much about music that one fails to explain. So many aspects about music keep us sane in our hidden closets and unknowingly exposes us to the people we could hardly guess we were; this person that you discover behind your deep sunken thoughts is the person you’ll love and cherish the most, this person that has no secrets from you, this person who makes you you.. Your person, Your soul, Your true self. Can you believe it? Out of the very many things on this planet that has ever been created, in a population rounded-up to six billions; music lives, thrives and contains every single individual. Neither religion biases nor gender/sexuality differences. In everybody’s minds and heart, chasing our secrets, music is one secret society of it’s own, of sorts.
Among all the genres and kinds of music, the one that immensely emulates and rejuvenates me is Jazz&Blues. Out of the countless, artists that take me from trip to trip in my zoned-out retrospection, Lana Del Rey is an artist, look-a-like of the 60’s hippy youngsters. Music of an era that was thought to be lost back in time until Lana Del’s absolutely mesmerizing voice, breathtaking style and precious originality came to such sudden fame. Songwriter by choice and music videos and lyrics pertaining to her own personal struggles is what enhances it’s value to her and so to all her fans. Up until her first album Born To Die was a spectacular seller, of which Video Games was one most responded to. Other songs that hit every youngster’s phone playlist was Ride, Dark Paradise, Young and Beautiful, Blue Jeans, etc, a few from the rest of her many singles. Apart from Lana Del’s music, the dark-depressive yet hopeful side of her alter-egos are also most fascinating to watch. For a most commonly picked on example, in music videos like Ride, Blue jeans and Tropico she plays a hooker/ prostitute and it is focused on how someone very angel-like, father’s daughter-like, beautiful-like girl becoming everyone’s last meal of the day, selling what’s still most dear to her- her respect and credibility. This touches many hearts. Metal-heads like this or not, this brokenness of many women in the world can melt any heart; and it does because of the quality of an artist Lana Del really is. It’s about how women are really seen in the eyes of the common world no matter how many women have been to the moon and back, this is the reality and this is portrayed through Lana most honestly. There are other songs like Young and Beautiful and Blue jeans where she asks of her man to be faithful and loving to her, in most parts where she isn’t sure of it herself.
Lana Del Rey idolizes artists like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, Eminem and mostly, Jim Morrison.
She believes in living life like Morrison and mentions the same in one of her songs and interviews. This being about her past of early alcoholism and disturbed child-life, the connecting points of Morrison’s songs and her life inspired her inclination to the music industry. in one her interviews on being a part of the music industry she says, “Music was a part of me also because i had no friends and i was always hoping to find my people and fall in love and start a community, the way they did it in the 60’s” and thus she continued her relationship with her music.
Lana Del’s music caters to the young society and inspires teens of all and any nationality to fight the bad and to be hopeful of better things in life and to move ahead, some of her songs are wide-stretched and clarify each sorrowful moment and this propagates a stillness even in a mournful situation. a pause for when things seem to pour out of proportion.
This is the kind of impact many artists have on the society knowing and unknowingly and this is what makes them as important as your national government. They influence you, if not you then the others around you. Thus, there’s a responsibility that they feel towards these sections of society who are inspired and do anything and everything that their favorite artists do.
Lana Del Rey, a simple New Yorker, away from all the worldly influences seeps deep within herself to find her own methods and interpretations which invariably gives birth to an original artist such as herself. No matter how sorrowful or how happy, how disturbed or how drowned her lyrics may be, she has managed to put forth a sex-appeal that is almost astounding. With artists such as herself and many others mentioned on this page, are the ones that create this separate, dreamy but not impossible kind of a society where love is always a possibility, where drowning too is still surviving and still be alive, where it’s possible for truth to exist and where to expose one’s faults and accept them all isn’t exceptional but only human. people like these are blended in our society and there is a high possibility that they are people we have met at least once in life, these are the people that have made a difference in this monochromatic and monotonous society, these people are the ones changing this world without you and me even realizing it and these are the ones that let the goodness of real humanity survive.
“… every night i used to pray that i’d find my people and finally i did on the open road. we had nothing to lose, nothing to gain,nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives a work of art. live fast. die young. be free and have fun. i believe in the country america used to be. i believe in the person i want to become. i believe in the freedom of the open road. as my motto- believe in the kindness of the strangers and when i’m at war with myself i ride, just ride.
who are you? are you in touch with all of your darkest fantasies? have you created a life for yourself where you can experience them? i have. i am fucking crazy. but i am free.” -Lana Del Rey, Ride.