What type of person would watch the video of a song performance ten times in an evening? Well … a me type of person.
I loved the movie A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It’s the story of a wearing-out singer befriending and loving a young up-and-comer. With her voice and songwriting, she comes to displace him in the affections of the musical public.
Lady Gaga’s character wrote a stunning song called Shallow, and performed it brilliantly in the film to a rapturous audience of thousands. The song was nominated for an Academy Award and during the ceremony Bradley and Lady Gaga, both dressed to the nines, rose from their seats in the audience, took each other’s hand, and walked onstage to the grand piano.
Words paint pictures but you need to watch the YouTube video. It’s the one that begins with a red curtain rising and several men in tuxedos moving the piano into position. What was present on that stage was love, eyes locked to each other’s, voices climbing together. As in the film, there’s a moment when Lady Gaga blasts out the words as she pounds the piano keys and gives her eyes to Bradley:
I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now
I cried each time as she soared. The voice was resonant, incredibly powerful. A glowing bridge of spirit flowed between the two. Its what love is meant to be … all encompassing.
What if I lived my life this way? Full speed ahead towards the human beings of this planet. High decibel joy. Unfettered. Undone.
I want the whole world to see this video, especially the ending, where their heads lean together and their eyes meet. Please go find it. You will be changed.