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    I've loved watching all these reactions and how they're confused af and then piece it all together (either when they see the mural or when they see the ending). It's so funny and satisfying. I'm glad she liked it. Love her reactions.
  2. I think that one, at least, is most definitely about Tommy. It was what she wanted to hear from him. Though, Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) was actually written first so it could just be more about how she felt about herself/what she needed to do.
  3. So, I'm sure many of you have already seen Gaga's latest music video for 911. The video is very surreal and confusing for the entirety of the song. The visuals don't seem to make too much sense until the song ends, where the video changes completely and you get a post-song scene that basically explains the whirlwind of visuals you were just subjected to. Now, with the context of the end scene, it isn't all too hard to figure out what the symbolism was within the video after a few re-watches. That being said, I thought it would just be fun to make a little chart/rundown of all the symbolism and connecting imagery I found in the video! I'm not saying I'm finding out anything particularly new, as I'm sure many to all of you have caught onto the same questions and answers that I'm providing here. This is kinda just for me, because I find it fun to do this kind of stuff! But, if it's helpful to anyone, that's great! I'm going to just go in chronological order of what the imagery means in the video to the actual events happening "in real life". Then I will show a list of images/characters from the surrealist dream and their real-world counterparts/equals. Let's go! Gaga has been involved in an accident. Here we see she was probably riding her bike and was hit. The red beads on her ankle represents her bleeding wound. The man bashing his head on a pillow represents the victim of the crash who was in the car: the pillow being the airbag. The woman in blue who starts off singing the song is the first witness to the crash. The group of three in the blue are also witnesses to the crash. The paddle represents their phone on a selfie stick. The man with the umbrella and the woman in white are paramedics. The people in blue point their paddle towards the paramedics, meaning they probably called them to report the accident. The paramedics descend onto the scene. The umbrella could be the ambulance or the ambulance sirens themselves. We see a woman cradling a person in a shroud. She is the friend or loved one of another victim of the crash who already died at the scene. They are the first person the paramedic goes to and checks their vitals. Because we do not see them again, it is assumed because they are already dead, the paramedics move onto the other victims. I actually don't know what this means! It seems to correspond to the line that follows this first chorus: "Keep my dolls inside diamond boxes". My best guess is that Gaga is weighing between the two. The paramedics are not in time to save the victim on the right, but are able to save the victim on the left. It is perhaps why she moves the doll on the right hand (a soul?) to the box (a body?) on the left hand. Let me know what you think! The water Gaga dances next to relates to the lyric "Front I've built around me, oasis. Paradise is in my hand." but this could also symbolize the water on the street of the accident. Meanwhile, the paramedic attends to someone: he holds up a shell to his face, which represents an oxygen mask. Gaga begins ascending, meaning her life is slipping away. I think the halo around the middle of her head symbolizes she's on her way to heaven, but not quite there yet. The rope around her ankle represents the paramedics finally beginning to attend to her, grabbing onto her before she slips away any further. Fun fact: this shot is a reference to the Italian surrealist film 8 1⁄2 ! The mirror in the woman paramedic's hand represents a flashlight which she is shining in Gaga's eyes to check her vitals/response. The male paramedic pulls Gaga down to the ground, and when she hits it, there is a brief shot of Gaga in the "real world" – indicating that the paramedics have begun their revival procedures. The red dress symbolizes the blood bleeding from her wound. The paramedics arrive, with the male paramedic holding a rope – representing the tourniquet. The male paramedic wraps his fingers around her ankle, representing his putting pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding and applying the tourniquet. In the next shot he opens his mouth and turns towards her, with Gaga stepping away soon afterwards. I believe this represents CPR/mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Gaga turning away and leaving could mean that the CPR is not working. In this shot, the mural behind them obviously represents the "real world" accident. The female paramedic is holding a snake, representing the Star of Life on EMS uniforms. The man is first seen attending to Gaga's leg; applying the tourniquet. Then he is seen with his hand on her chest while hers waves. This could further represent the CPR attempts and her stuttering heart. In the scene with the black background we see yellow "caution" tape that surrounds the accident scene. The male paramedic brings the female paramedic a box with two daggers inside. These daggers represent defibrillators, which are often the last-ditch attempt at reviving a patient, proving that the other attempts had not worked. Two orange-clad figures who we have seen throughout the video arrive with a gurney. These figures represent other EMS members on the scene of the accident. In the next scene (not shown) Gaga is on the stretcher and the male paramedic takes the two daggers and stabs Gaga's chest. That pretty much wraps up the surrealist/dream/hallucination/escape-thoughts/whatever-you-want-to-call-it portion of the video! Now I will just run-down all the visual connections and matches from dream-to-reality! Top: the two paramedics in the dream and in reality. Bottom: the paramedic with the mirror & the paramedic with the flashlight. Top: the black figure on the horse is the ad for the White Sands, NM that looms over the scene (also where the dream portions of the video are filmed!) Below: Gaga's wrecked bicycle, the scattered fruit, and her busted-up ankle. The other members of the scene: 1) the airbag victim 2) the woman cradling her dead loved one 3) the man being given an oxygen mask 4) the first witness and 5) the selfie stick witnesses (Note all the color coordination in their wardrobe!) And finally, the entire scene! On the left you can see a figure in blue, which is the police officer directing traffic. The flying confetti is the sparks of the marquee. The orange figure on the ladder is the fireman attending to the faulty electricity. I also thin the busted fire hydrant could represent the water I mentioned from earlier. And with that we're done! I do still have some questions. I don't think the exact nature of the accident really matters, but I'm curious anyway. There seems to be two pedestrian victims (Gaga on her bike and the person who died on the scene), as well as two cars involved (the sports car, belonging to the man given the oxygen mask, and the other car, owned by the pillow/airbag man). Very interesting! I loved this video a lot and it's just so pleasing watching it over and over and making all these connections. I'm glad that Gaga didn't make it too vague at the end, and the parallels are all pretty notable and make sense. It's still artistic, but not so over-the-top that people can't click with it and understand it. So lovely.
  4. I know what you mean, but I guess I only just assumed because most of the songs were about him/their split and he was basically her only lover since like '91. And, despite him being older (and unattractive ) Mariah obviously had hopes for the marriage and loved him (or, at least believed she loved him at the time) But now it seems like you were right not to think it. I always knew Jeter's Honey was sweet.
  5. So, this discussion involves topics that are talked about in The Meaning of Mariah Carey, but specifically details that were alluded to or revealed in her interview in New York Magazine. So, if you'd rather wait until the memoir comes out to find out and speculate, then this is your warning! Anyway. I was reading her interview in New York Magazine, which gives us inklings on a lot of the stories she's going to tell in the memoir. The article suggests that songs like "My All" and "The Roof" are about Derek Jeter. Now, if you guys don't know, Derek Jeter was M's first boyfriend after her divorce from Tommy in summer '97, and they started dating very soon afterwards. Their relationship didn't last far too long, since she was dating Luis Miguel by late 1998 or 99 (don't remember) – but it seemed to be pretty impactful. Some of the tracks on Rainbow (like "Crybaby") are probably about him. It was always my assumption that most of the album had been written before she really met or dated Jeter. I did, however, assume that some of the sexier songs from the album were written with him in mind – songs like "Babydoll" and "Honey". We know that Mariah had written and recorded the uptempos last, and we also know that she was working on and arranging the album very soon before the release date. So, her dating Jeter and the recording of these sexy, uptempo songs overlaps and would make more sense. (And, honestly for peace of mind, I didn't want to think "Honey" was about Tommy…) However. It's apparently revealed (with few details) that Mariah had met and begun something of an affair with Jeter earlier than they began publicly dating – when she was separated from Tommy, but still married to him. I always assumed "My All" was about her struggling with her separation from Tommy. I also wrote a whole blog post about how "The Roof" was about her last night of intimacy with Tommy, knowing then that their lives were on separate tracks and that their marriage was deteriorating to the point it couldn't be saved. I also used the fact that the events of "The Roof" happened in November '96 – which I thought was too early for her to have met Jeter – as evidence it was about Tommy. BUT APPARENTLY, they had met by then. "The Roof" is about their first meeting, and "My All" is about how she literally ran off to Puerto Rico to be with him. Obviously songs like "Butterfly" and "Whenever You Call" are still probably about Tommy, but now I'm looking at some of these songs in a new light! What do ya'll think?
  6. Ugh, her fucking late Rainbow/Glitter vocals. Reminds me so much of Never Too Far. Those deep notes, the hoarse resonance in the belts. The vibrato.
  7. LittleDudeNT5

    Really loved it. My favorite of the era so far.
  8. LittleDudeNT5

    Music Video

    Really fantastic video. May be my favorite of the era so far. She also looks stunning in every scene.
  9. Me @ Gaga at the beginning of all her videos:

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  10. Can this man leave her alone? He's been shoving himself in her life for more than a decade.
  11. I scream every time I see these because I forget she did this
  12. LittleDudeNT5

    What is with the weird-ass messaging in the middle of the video? Yeah, let's show oil plant workers losing their jobs because of the "ongoing global situation". Like, wtf? It really sounds like its bordering on some right-wing pandering, honestly. Oh, and Beiber attempting to portray himself as a grimy blue-collar worker is a whole laugh.
  13. She was so fire in Game of Thrones. I hear she didn't even watch the episodes she was in (or any other) A queen onscreen and off. What an incredible, wonderful career. She played Mrs. Danvers in a TV version of Rebecca. (Also starring Charles Dance). I'd highly recommend it if people wanted to watch more of her performances! Definitely the best Mrs. Danvers I've seen.
  14. I'm definitely going to watch Enola Holmes when it comes out, but it's pretty ridiculous that they casted a 37 year old man as the older brother to a 16 year old. Very odd.

    1. Dennis Reynolds

      Never read Enola Holmes (quite familiar with the ACD Sherlock/other adaptations though), but apparently the idea is that Sherlock is already famous by the time the movie takes place, so assuming they sort of want to tie it into the original canon he actually should be at least pretty well into his thirties by then.

    2. Demi Lovallah

      It's not impossible to have that wide of an age gap between siblings

    3. LittleDudeNT5

      I know it's technically not impossible, but it's still kinda strange. 

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