Still Lit wrote:
Dan Smith--BYU wrote:
I question Cor-Ten's judgment of talent. She is very skilled, and Billy Joel has gone out of his way to point her out as an example of new artists who can bring it. She also has a good understanding of musical history including jazz and standards. I'd say Amy Winehouse was the only one in her league and she's gone.
star in her league, Dan.
I don't think Winehouse was in Gaga's league. Frankly, Winehouse got more attention than she deserved, mostly because she was white doing soul revival shit. Sharon Jones, Winehouse was not, not even when she used Sharon Jones' band. And before you respond, my claim is that Jones was a much better soul
And let's not pretend like Gaga is Diana Krall because she did a duet LP with Tony.That said, come on COR. Gaga can sing her ass off.
Reading comprehension, fellas. I never said she couldn't sing. I simply don't see her as a "musician." According to Wiki, she dropped out of "music" school midway through her second year, and has TEN years studying "method acting." She auditioned for New York Musical Theater productions and failed to make the cut. She apparently, while living on 11th street dorm, "composed essays and analytical papers on art, religion, social issues, and politics, including a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst." OOOoooooWWeeeee. I'm impressed. I guess that makes me an expert on politics, social issues, and urban planning also, since I wrote "essays and analytical papers" as well.
She's a pop performer who can sing. No way in hell she has the chops, musical training and/ or repertoire to hang with real "musicians." But like I said, it could be debatable depending on how you define "musician."
And I should add that Tony Bennet is a genuine, charming, gracious, stand up guy. What you see is exactly who he is. True story : Met him once at a fundraiser and spent 5 minutes or so talking. He almost invited me to sing a duet with him.