Given the sheer amount of media-related information floating around today, can a person be blamed if they miss something? I’ve seemed to miss entire years in the digital hailstorm of the last decade! I offer this as an explanation for why I may, in fact, be the very last person to know that Lady Gaga attempted to sing a famous standard and, despite some confusion at the end of the number, acquitted herself well enough to be considered a singer of notable potential.
I was doing some research on new holiday music for an upcoming piece and found buried in the Holiday section of iTunes a four-song EP from last Thanksgiving, in which Gaga nearly pulls off Orange Colored Sky, a song that was originally introduced by Nat King Cole in 1950 and has been recorded many times over the years, including a memorable version that was included inNatalie Cole’s Unforgettable With Love in the early-1990s. The kerfuffle at the end is unfortunate, marring what would otherwise be considered a thoroughly respectable foray into real music, I mean, pre-rock era pop. Gaga swinging is a nice surprise: revealing a pleasing tone, excellent timing, and surprising confidence (until the end). Perchance, could this little foray into the world of classic pop music presage an album of standards someday? Check it out for yourself and tell me what you think!