|Waiting for Madonna!!|
My husband was a bit concerned that my expectations were too high, and I'd be disappointed.
Nope, not even a little bit. I loved every single moment of it. (except the long wait before it started, but I'll let that slide.)
I love the Rebel Heart album, the explicit version, mind you. No cleaning it up for this girl...
Madonna was raw and funny and real. She was professional and imperfect and perfect. She was honest and cynical and optimistic. She was playful and serious and flirtatious.She was engaging and aloof and achingly real.
She talked about her gratitude for her fans and her desire to promote equality throughout her career. She even tossed in a line about being grateful for clean water to drink as she took a swig from a bottle of water. She sounded sincere. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for gratitude.
She talked about her belief that love is the way to a better world and that we need a revolution of love. Something I wholeheartedly agree with.
She didn't lecture, she mentioned these things in the midst of a highly energetic two hour performance filled with dancers and new songs and reinterpretations of old songs.
Yes, she was provocative and sexual and sensual and sexy and irreverent. That's Madonna!
|Madonna Burning Up the stage|
When she sang a few lines from Lucky Star, I felt a pull back a high school dance where I danced to the song by myself when none of the other dance attendees joined me on the dance floor. You can read my poem about that dance on Dear Teen Me.
She is unapologetic about being the center of attention, yet she often showcased her dancers as much as herself.
|Madonna sharing her|
I screamed "YYYEEESSSSS" when she said "When I'm wrong, I'm strong." because I get it. So often when we're wrong, it's our strength that pulls us through, that pushes our heads a little higher, that empowers us to take the next step forward no matter how scary, no matter how vulnerable we feel, no matter how painful. And for artists that often means taking our mistakes and turning them into music, art, poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and other creative works that put our mistakes in front of the world to see and judge and love and hate and celebrate and ridicule! We take our pain, our fear, our vulnerability, and entertain the world with it...
And, that takes a bit of a Rebel Heart...