“Gaga” is a real word. And Lady Gaga is a real writer- a songwriter. Before her explosion into superstardom, she wrote songs for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and The Pussycat Dolls. Now she does a pretty good job of writing songs for herself.
Songwriters may at times go gaga, just like other writers, and get overexcited, mentally confused, and irrational. Sometimes this leads to vexing creative droughts. (Lady Gaga, however, is drought-free, if you hadn’t noticed.)
Eminem wrote a song about writer’s block entitled: Writer’s Block, of all things. In a BBC interview he said, “I had had a pretty bad case of writer’s block. There were literally a couple of years where I couldn’t write anything.” He eventually emerged from the block and the words poured forth again with a vengeance.
Sting experienced an extended period of songwriter’s block after he’d become a household name. He said ” it was almost three years and I did kind of wonder whether I was taking a holiday, or had a mental block, or whether I should be thinking about doing something else altogether.” (Making Music, ’91)
John Fogerty, a songwriting hall of famer who wrote most of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hits, also had a several year’s writing block as he fought a variety of personal and legal battles over his music. He emerged with a huge solo success, Centerfield.
It’s probably true that some version of going “gaga” is an almost unavoidable part of the creative life; for writers, songwriters and artists of all stripes. If it is happening to you, at least you know that you’re in some pretty good company, and that when artists resolve their gaga-saga they often have something new and different to offer.