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The Capitolist
Thursday, 30 December 2004
The Great Lady of Good Gossip IX
"Dancing Days are here again!", she proclaimed as she ran to the DJ booth, kicked the clown out and onto the dance floor. Manning the mike, she...

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Posted by bwv at 4:21 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 31 December 2004 12:14 AM EST
Tuesday, 28 December 2004
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna XI
Mother and Father (from American Life, 2003)

Or maybe I've got the Catholic symbols mixed up with the Jewish and Cabal words
that were also flashing subliminal messages to the crowd that night. I don't recall as
much of this song as I'd like. Check out some other review on the web for me, thx. I
think I didn't like the stoppage of motion, of spectacle, that was now flowing in me.

Imagine (John Lennon cover)

A nice gesture by Madonna, with touching images of children in war countries, of
Jewish and Palestinian boys getting along in the end. I'm glad she sang it, although,
I don't know if I got the full feeling of the song. I thought that the synthesized sounds
were cool, but I guess Madonna's by-now-beautiful voice didn't get above pretty to me.
I did take the time to Imagine various solutions to problems in my life and in the world.

(And I did defend Madonna's sentiment from my free-market female friend who I saw
the show with. She thought it wrong for M to sing a communistic anthem (she said). I
said to take whatever positive meaning from the lyrics as one could. I didn't after all, go
and check out Madonna's plug for her Kabala "Spirituality for Kids" sign at the show later on. I am free to choose my politics and religion as Madonna is to express her own.)

Into The Groove...

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Posted by bwv at 4:33 PM EST
Monday, 27 December 2004
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna X
Nothing Fails (from American Life, 2003)

For this song, I remember Madonna slowly reappearing on the opposite side of the stage
right on the edge, over the lucky crowd, strumming a guitar. The only part I recall clearly
is the refrain "I'm not religious, but..." and her sitting down, sharing her feelings with us.

I've heard a Canadian songstress I like characterize this album as "soulless". Maybe so. I
think it's just not as finished a jewel as albums of the past. Not polished or structured yet.
This song might have been better given a little more time. But it didn't completely FAIL.

Don't Tell Me (from Music, 2000)

I LOOVED this stage set with Madonna at the top of a triangle troupe of dancers in front
of an elongated backdrop of a nighttime European city on riverside, complete with the Eiffel Towerand Big Ben (I think or else London Bridge) with a moon that slo-o-wly went across the sky, like an extended make out. I really didn't want it to stop, as I think
this was the highlight of the night for me. I pictured all the dreams I had and goals I was
reaching for and I envisioned myself gradually progressing to and achieving them some night.

Like A Prayer...


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Posted by bwv at 3:55 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 28 December 2004 4:29 PM EST
Thursday, 23 December 2004
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna XI
Lament (from Evita, 1997)

At the end of the last song and episode, our heroine was strapped in by uniformed
dancing men to an electric chair. Would she survive? The suspense killed us all. I
hadn't heard this song before, and I lamented not having before. As she sung and
rose into the ceiling, I was slain by the sound of her voice, perfect for the moment.
I, too, felt my laments of loves lost and chances blown. I turned my head to the sky.
No time to lament bad past movie roles - I look forward to more movie music, M.

Bedtime Story...

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Posted by bwv at 11:44 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 27 December 2004 3:54 PM EST
A Brief Concert Review: Madonna X
Deeper and Deeper (from Erotica, 1992)

Continuing a streak of beautiful Madonna songs I'd never really heard when they
Came out, I gained a new apprecation for the music I'd missed. I think I'll buy her
2nd greatest hits for pop trifles like this. This was a slowed down version of the song.
By this point in the show Madonna and her troupe had taken me deep into La-La land..,
where my body and mind were far away from my dreary, stressful life. Re-Inventing...

Maybe she should've played "Rain", one of my favorite post-gym workout themes.
One of my favorite kickboxing instructors plays Rain for everyone on occasion. J
(Listening to Rain cued me in to the Madonna I'd missed that wasn't radio-heard.)

Die Another Day...


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Posted by bwv at 11:16 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 23 December 2004 11:44 PM EST
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

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