Lady Gaga reportedly had daily rehearsals for six months prior to her bringing The Sound of Music to the Oscars on Sunday February 22, and all of her practice showed, in an absolutely flawless performance. The Mother Monster sang a medley of songs from The Sound of Music as it was the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie.
Lady Gaga performed the medley with a British accent, and she was wearing a long, flowing gown. She began by singing the title song to the movie, The Sound of Music. After that, she sang Do Re Mi, My Favorite Things and two other memorable songs from the film, Edelweiss and the song that capped off her wonderful performance, Climb Ev’ry Mountain.
Lady Gaga might, at first blush, not seem to be the ideal singer to sing songs that the character of a nun, Maria, sang in The Sound of Music; but, she did the music and Julie Andrews proud with her amazing performance. Julia Andrews walked onto the stage and gave Lady Gaga a big hug and referred to her as “Dear Lady Gaga.”
Her terrific vocal performance came as a surprise to many people, but several of her own songs have parts in them that really showcase her wide vocal range and soaring vocals. Also, Lady Gaga proved she can handle singing standards with her duets with Tony Bennett on the album, Cheek to Cheek. She and Bennett, who is 60 years her senior, performed together at this year’s Grammy Awards. Cheek to Cheek took home the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Sure, Lady Gaga has a penchant towards the dramatic, and she has done some things that seem somewhat outlandish in the past to make certain points, like wearing a dress made out of meat and the infamous “vomit art” Lady Gaga was involved with. That has led some people, who often do not really know much about the actual songs she has written or co-written and sung on her albums, to believe that Lady Gaga is mostly image. She is a very talented songwriter and singer whose vocal skills have, all too often, been discounted or overlooked.
As an article in the Lauderdale Daily News noted, Lady Gaga co-wrote all of the songs on her album The Fame. She has also written songs for Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls. Her legions of fans have always known that Lady Gaga can sing extremely well, and now, she is making even more fans by demonstrating her ability to sing the standards and classics like the music of the movie The Sound of Music.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were the executive producers of the Oscars as well as the NBC specials, The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!, have both said that Lady Gaga did not attempt to sing the medley from The Sound of Music without having first put in six months of vocal training. Even though she is a very talented singer of pop music, she approached the music that Julie Andrews helped make famous with a tremendous amount of respect. Lady Gaga did not want to be known as the person who screwed up the songs, but rather as someone who honored them.
How well did Lady Gaga do singing the medley of songs from The Sound of Music? Julie Andrews is a very gracious lady, but she appeared to have been genuinely impressed by Lady Gaga’s performance. Julie Andrews reportedly told People that she and Lady Gaga “bonded,” and she added that “now I have a new friend.” Can there be any higher tribute to someone who attempts to do the songs of The Sound of Music justice than be praised by Julie Andrews?
Written By Douglas Cobb
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