Lady Gaga plays on Howard Stern Show

Posted by Gregory J. Chamberlain

For people who know MusicLoad well, we are the Anti-Idol and the site that hates manufactured music. And personally speaking I have been the Anti-Gaga, always thinking of her as a media slut, packaged by public relations people with no integrity and nothing but the ability to hype.

Yesterday I receive a e-mail through Bob Leftsetz, a prolific music business analyst whose blog at Lefsetz.Com is one of my favorite daily reads. Here is Bob's post which he titles "Gaga on Stern": I almost did not read it because it had Gaga in the title. But I did and Bob makes a case for the Gaga haters to go listen to her performance on Stern.

I closed my eyes, as Bob recommended, and listened. And for the first time, ever, I appreciated Lady Gaga. Her performance reminded me of what I like about long time MusicLoad.Com favorite, Sara Bareilles, or a unknown named Susan Calloway and her track Chasin' The Sun. Basically, Gaga just sat at the piano sang her ass off about real things that have affected her life. She showed a real side of herself that had been hidden. At least a side that I had not ever looked for. It moved me.

Lady Gaga whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, bared her soul and I believed it to be genuine.

These performances are worth a listen. Click play on the videos below, close your eyes and just listen. Enjoy!

Stefani (Lady Gaga) performed her song entitled The Edge of Glory

And, Stefani (Lady Gaga) performed her song entitled Hair

After listening to these and stewing on it overnight, I wonder if this might be a new beginning for Lady Gaga. Will she feel compelled to play more music this way and drop the hype? Has she always been this way? It's all leaving me with more questions and a desire to explore her music in a way I never thought I would be doing. What do you think? Hit the contact link at the top of this page.