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The Capitolist
Wednesday, 22 December 2004
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna IX
Hollywood (from American Life, 2003)

After an intense round of guitar-heroine antics, Madonna apparently took a breather, as she vanished, replaced instead by a dancer, an acrobat, and a skateboarding hunk right
out of the X-Games. My companion was grinning from ear to ear, and I was enjoying
what contemplation I could out of the "Hollywood" evoking lyrics that were playing
sans singer. What if I went to Hollywood? Would I be as successful as Madonna was?
Like the ups and downs of the shirtless skateboarder, I know that's what I can expect.
What if my younger skateboarding brother had moved to LA instead of DC? Shudder.

Hanky Panky...


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Posted by bwv at 4:03 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 23 December 2004 11:16 PM EST
Wednesday, 24 November 2004
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna VIII
Burning Up (from Madonna, 1983)

I've always liked this song. Maybe b/c I wasn't numbed to it by a zillion 80's radio plays.
Madonna jerked the spectacle to a stop, putting all the dancing energies into her and just
an electic guitar. Standing motionless, burning up for her audience's love, Madonna sweated bullets, either unhappily duty-bound to sing an oldie, or in a punkish pop trance.
At this point, the line of ladies who came of age in the 80s got up to dance, as I did, too.
Didn't really get the line-graffiti moving picture behind her, the only thing moving, until..

Material Girl...


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Posted by bwv at 6:14 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 22 December 2004 4:02 PM EST
Tuesday, 23 November 2004
The Great Lady of Good Gossip VIII
(still out of line)

She walked into the rooms, and assumed. That the whole world
spun for her. Each room of the downtown club a dreamy theme
land - Latin, Hip-hop, Old School, Rap, Techno, Alternative.
Filled with broken hearts, broken chains, and tiny dancers.
I followed...

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Posted by bwv at 2:05 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 30 December 2004 4:21 AM EST
Monday, 22 November 2004
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna VII
American Life (from American Life, 2003)

The Che-istic military political-fashion motif of the American Life cover come to life.
A jarring background panorama of a shell-shocked battle spilled onto the stage as
Madonna and her unit crawled under shrapnel and fallout on their bellies. The spinning
Rifles of her dancer-infantry men, and boot-stomping choreography advanced into the
crowd with a giant V-shaped platform-bridge on which Madonna herself led the attack.

Stepping right above the heads of the crowd, I saw how big her army of fans really was.
I gasped as I realized that she could really run for President as a ex-general of pop music.
All the arena turned to the her as she was center arena and then back again, for the attack.
If it was a strategy of distracting from the sub-popular reviews of the song, it WORKED.


Though I think the song didn't really hit me with personal meaning, I know it did hit some people in the crowd as representative of their experience. So I surrendered to it.
Her means of protesting war and Bush's policies are at least enjoyable to watch. Cya!

Express Yourself...


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Posted by bwv at 2:55 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 24 November 2004 6:11 PM EST
Saturday, 20 November 2004
The Great Lady of Good Gossip VII
(Still out of line)

"I heard it from my friends about the things you said", she said, not in a kind way.
"How could a view become so twisted?" she mused...

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Posted by bwv at 11:55 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 23 November 2004 2:12 PM EST
Tuesday, 9 November 2004
Publicly Speaking 1
To ensure the growth of your policy work, you need to take an active part in the
Fund-raising process. The more money you are able to attract, the greater the amount
Of financial support, and consequent production time you will have produce policy
Work, and a greater amount of influence and ideas you will be able to produce.

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Posted by bwv at 4:34 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 9 November 2004 4:40 PM EST
Monday, 8 November 2004
The Great Lady of Good Gossip VI
(out of order)

Let's play 'Lost on a Desert Island with a Pirate Buccaneer Lass'."

"Huh?"


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Posted by bwv at 8:17 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 20 November 2004 11:56 PM EST
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna VI
Nobody Knows Me (from American Life, 2003)

This one I didn't know. I've ignored the poor album reviews, but haven't bought the
record yet. Madonna, without apparent strain, cool and solo, proclaimed herself &
told the masses with breaking images and words that they, too, were themselves in
the face of the ignorant world. Maybe not a tune for the ages, but enough to think
that I (past "[life's a]set up until you're fed up" stage) could take confidence in myself.

Frozen...


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Posted by bwv at 3:26 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 22 November 2004 3:09 PM EST
Wednesday, 3 November 2004
The Great Lady of Good Gossip V
(Non-linear)

Me = shy. "Open the box...", she suggested. Me = slow.
She told me to "Open the box." Me =

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Posted by bwv at 9:59 PM EST
Tuesday, 2 November 2004
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna V
Playing a PACKED house, Madonna hit the roof with high notes like these:

Opening music - The Beast Within

Enfolded in one of the most majestic video screen stage sets I've ever seen,
Madonna built the suspense with a spooky spoken word homily about life.
Floating words about the dangers of the external and internal wolves of the
world paralleled 20 foot high images of men, women, and a lupine beast.
(Who I thought was rather cute, myself. Like a pup at 17th & T Dog Park.)
The answer to all the problems was love, represented I presumed, by the woman
Behind the giant screens that slid to the sky, and slunk to the sides: The Madonna.

Vogue...



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Posted by bwv at 5:44 PM EST

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