Discussion of the nature of the female genius can be found in previous posts.
Let us look at the female genius at different phases of life. Probably not so pronounced in the male, the female genius changes in different stages of the female life. The young female genius is full of light and bright things and probably love and sex. To pound a cliche, it’s “innocent.” There is pain, but there is pain and light with energy and hope.
Pain is always there, because it’s painful to be a woman. I was stunned in my life to learn intimately how many women like pain, physical, mental, etc. or enslavement, domination, etc. One would think that sexually women are sick masochist fucks. One time I called a female friend and asked her why all these women I knew wanted pain with me in bed. She thought for a bit and said, “Well, being a woman is painful, physically and emotionally. As a woman, you either learn to love pain or you don’t have much fun.”
Here we see the archetypal complex female genius, Nico of the Velvet Underground.
First interview is at age 34 after the Velvets split up, so she is a bit older than the girl genius Faithfull in the other videos. She has taken up with experimental French filmmaker Philippe Garrel. We see the typical unconscious (life of the emotional mind) and amoral (calculating and petty) female nature that Weininger spoke of.
Interview is in French, but it doesn’t matter, because you can feel the genius anyway. Here is a rundown of the French, but I don’t understand French very well:
Before speaking about her new movie, the journalist says that other than the albums, Vu, C.Girls and two others, she has not recorded anything else since the Velvets, so he asked her if she was going to release another album. She responds, “You don’t think I’ve recorded enough already?” She says that she would like to play in the opera some time and that when she makes music, she thinks about theater and cinema, and she thinks her music is very visual.
She explains how one the day she met Lou Reed and John Cale, she was really impressed, and it was the most beautiful day of her entire life until then. Then she met Andy Warhol at Castel where they went dancing. She then says something about Marquis de Sade dancing and perverted dances. I’m not sure what she means there.
I’d say her French is very good for a German first language speaker.
Ten years later at age 44, apparently high on heroin, and ten years before her death falling off a bike at Ibiza, things are a lot of different. Nico was the archetype of the blase, ultra-cultured, world-weary European continental.
Here we have Marianne Faithfull again in a reprise from the earlier post. This is from the same sessions in the 1965 for As Tears Go By. She was 17 years old. It’s great! You almost wish you could preserve folks at a certain age and keep them there forever, and I guess you can, on video and audio, but it might be nice to clone a forever 17 year old Faithfull too. She has such a natural beauty about her, unlike these moderns with layers of makeup pancaked on.
She recut the song much later in life and released it, her voice shot by decades of cigarettes, booze and cocaine, it speaks of quiet resignation, or the female genius in later life, this one around age 50+. Curiously, if you look at her facial expressions as she sings, she looks and feels similar to how she did at age 17. Perhaps one’s soul does not change much through life?
The female genius is the same the world over, as the female brain is pretty much the same vis a vis the male brain regardless of race. This is a great version by a totally beautiful Japanese singer, Keiko Terada, singing with a session band on Japanese TV.
Keiko was formerly the lead singer for an all-woman hard rock and heavy metal band called Show-Ya, since broken up. She has a great voice and has been compared to Bette Midler. Might be nice to find out when this was done. She’s 47, and she was recording this song as long ago as 1994 at age 31. She’s looks closer to 31 than to 47 in this cut, but who knows?
She sings very well in English. It’s too much! Damn this chick is beautiful! That’s why I’m a rice king. Simply a Japanese version of the female genius.