Lana Del Rey - Cola
Second Chance Week
In 2012 as I traveled around Europe I was met everywhere with Lana. Her dead stare haunted me from every billboard in every train station. I saw her become a meme with her horrid dance turn and I wanted absolutely nothing to do with her. Then “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack happened and I was tricked into liking one of her songs. That led to her discography (via a “private session” on Spotify) and then I just kind of fell in love with her music, specifically Born to Die - Paradise Edition (which was just putting her first two albums together and relabeling it. Genius!)All of her videos and songs focus on this idealized Americana badass lifestyle of not giving a shit and riding motorcycles and falling in love with rough men. My description alone makes me cringe, yet when I listen to her songs and lyrics there is no recoil, I just really enjoy the sound. At this point I’m no longer private session and I even sing along to “Girls” in the car. I had to go with Cola just because of the concept of the song. Her Scottish boyfriend at the time likened the “taste” of all American girls to Pepsi Cola as of it was something exotic. Lana thought it was funny so she unabashedly made a song about it. Some say it’s for shock value, I just think it’s a great way to show that there doesn’t have to be a filter on being an artist.