I first discovered my love for Lana Del Rey one evening when I was listening to the radio back in 2012.
I heard her voice. Haunting, deep and sexy – Video Games. What lyrics. What a voice. She was nothing like I’d heard before and I was in love. I remember scribbling her name down when the DJ said the artist and the title.
Paul came upstairs and I told him. I insisted that I should hear more of this angels voice.
And when Born to Die was released… Well, it became my favourite album. I played it on repeat and I’ve loved her ever since.
Born Elizabeth Grant in 1985, Lana grew up in rural Lake Placid, New York, and was raised Roman Catholic. She attended a Catholic elementary school and for one year, a high school where her mother taught.
Lana began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. At age fifteen, she was sent to Kent School by her parents to deal with her rampant alcohol abuse. She told GQ in 2012:
I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so fucking cool.
A great deal of what I wrote on Born to Die is about these wilderness years. When I write about the thing that I’ve lost I feel like I’m writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life.
My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, ‘I’m fucked. I am totally fucked’. Like, at first it’s fine and you think you have a dark side – it’s exciting – and then you realise the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it.
It’s also a completely different way of living when you know that… a different species of person. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me.
Her uncle, an admissions officer at the school, secured her financial aid to attend. She has been sober since 2004.
Lana signed her record deal in 2012, six years after her first performance. Since 2012, she has released Born to Die, Ultraviolence and Honeymoon. Her music videos have been artsy and mostly self-produced.
Source – Wikipedia
FOR THE LOVE OF LANA
I guess what I love about Lana is not only does she openly admit her troubled past, but she sings about it. Her music is like a story. Lana doesn’t have to do many interviews as her history can be interpreted any way you like through her songs. And she’s so clever with it. There’s plenty of ambiguity behind her lyrics and what they are meant to represent.
In addition to being beautiful and talented, she is incredibly private. Which is probably what I admire about her most. She keeps herself to herself and seeks music artistry over fame and fortune. A wonderful quality to have when someone has such a gift.
Lana has a unique sound. Her voice is recognisable and her songs are different to other pop songs (or any songs) released at this time. Lana’s music has its own vintage character, one which was inspired by various musicians such as Nina Simone, Britney Spears and Janis Joplin.
I just adore her music. My favourite Lana songs are:
- Young & Beautiful
- West Coast
- Florida Kilos
- Lust for Life (ft. The Weeknd)
Are you a fan of Lana? What do you love about her?