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  1. There was never a mass hysteria for any female artist/star the way there were for men like Valentino, Gable,Sinatra, then Elvis, then the Beatles, then Michael Jackson until Madonna came. Garbo and Bette Davis didn't have, Marilyn and Elizabeth Taylor didn't have and Streisand didn't have. Not in America, not in Europe, not Globally. Only Madonna. Globally. And this was experienced during the Like A Virgin era. The True Blue era, though, extended that mass hysteria for a female star and placed her into a media/public/commercial stratosphere never reached before. It proved that Madonna was here to stay and that she was bigger than big. That she already was THERE at the very summit of Olympus.And yet, even this was a few years before the 1989-1992 years that really, truly was the period of the zenith of any female fame and star power. True Blue era is an era of bigness that NO other star (male or female) may EVER reach again
  2. TIC collection proved, even barely 7 or 8 years into her career that Madonna is an unparalleled pop genius. Astonishing, really: not even Michael Jackson could come up with a compilation that hits you non-stop with classic ear-popping hits, like BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! And then.. BAM! BAM! BAM! some more!
  3. What a fabulous interpretation! I never even remotely thought about Secret Garden as something of a maternal (or pregnancy) longing... though it makes sense. Well, maybe because Im not a woman This song is just beyond.. so many images and feelings go through me every time I hear it..The "elephantine wailing" horns conjure far off places and mystery; the jazzy sound is very noir, bringing me to some imaginary smoky bar in a tower somewhere.. I always thought of the song as a manifesto of someone not giving up, of refusing to lose hope, of someone eagerly awaiting of being who she can be or really is, and thus beginning "to show".. The song is one of those strangely uplifting yet melancholic songs. I love it so much.
  4. I'm soooo tempted to watch clips already! February is so far away..
  5. TRUE BLUE - Matchless in the entire history of female pop, if not all of pop! Madonna Ray of Light Like A Virgin Like A Prayer
  6. Hillary is just AMAZING. 11-hour interrogation (basically) and she maintained composure. She has her flaws but, seriously, she IS the best in a presidential field littered with clowns and nothings. She will be president. Rightfully so.
  7. True. Unlike communism, which is basically dead, socialism is an ever evolving ism as new models crop up that show how much it can work in certain contexts: the Scandinavian model being the prime example. Gone are the days when it has to either be capitalism or socialism and never the two shall meet. Successful capitalism actually needs a good dose of socialism to prevent itself from collapsing under its own market-driven, hyper-Darwinian excesses. Socialism helps spread out economic and social benefits to a greater number of people which could help a lot in preventing mass disaffection and class warfare that could lead to great tumult down the road. And properly reined in/sensible socialism makes economic sense: take the example of universal health care and comprehensive socialized health care program that focuses more on health promotion and disease prevention: sure they require taxpayer dollars upfront but such public investment in health would be so much more cost-effective in the long run as healthier people become more economically productive and less of a major drag to the economy and lessening public/private costs. It boggles the mind that Republicans who are supposed to be pro-business can't see this! Still, America is culturally strongly individualistic and are "prove yourself-ers" and so even the Scandinavian socialist model might not work. There has to be a balance and such balance must be arrived at with cooler heads, reason, and earnest and constructive engagement and not with self-righteousness. Even if Bernie is right in his opinion(s), he can be too inflexible which does not a good president make.
  8. Oh, yeah.. Madonna struck a deep, still resonating chord within me from the get go. And, going on topic on this thread, I remember I became "protective" as a fan; I once got into an argument over Madonna and Cyndi. The other kid said Madonna was a "hostess" (our local term then for a slut ) and that she had AIDS; well I said Cyndi was disfigured and sang like a terrified pig about to get slaughtered. We almost came into blows! That competitiveness over Madonna perhaps was what made me watch not just her numbers but her career achievements and it used (and still does a tiny bit tbh) to make me mad when fans of Whitney then Mariah (the worst) and Janet inflate their respective numbers/accomplishments relative to Madonna's. Silly, of course! I also remembered when WTG Tour was broadcast on our national TV, I was totally mesmerized and decided I was in for life and dropped Michael Jackson! LOL Well, I got older and has seen pretenders to the throne come and go and contemporaries dim or flame out. I'm secure now of Madonna's place/legacy and had long realized what's important, but I guess old impulses die hard and I still hanker for charts success. But all I wanna do at the show is to just enjoy the moment I had long waited for..
  9. Thanks! I'm so excited! I'm not an emotionally expressive person but I can't say I won't cry a bucket when I finally get to see and hear her in action. I mean, it's been 33 years!! LOL
  10. I agree with you, coz Madonna's success is gauged primarily according to her own metrics (and it's proven her career decisions are frequently not commercial).. and our own personal ones... But it would be nice to have that quantitative proof that her insistence on what's current for her can pay off, no matter her age or artistic focus.
  11. I love Madonna. A bona fide inspiration for the ages. No one was ever like her, no one will ever be like her She really came, saw, and conquered. And conquering still. I confess, I still do care about her charts and boxscores successes and I'm still hoping that she'll surprise us once again. Whatever, though, she more than gave me what I needed/wanted as a fan already. And I'm so proud to have been a fan since the beginning when i was still a child... and this February will mark a new beginning in my fandom: I will finally see her. After more than 33 long years!
  12. Bernie is PRO-GUN, ergo pro NRA.. coz why? Vermont is a rural state?? Please. Nevertheless, I grant him that serious flaw. But, as a whole, he isn't presidential. It seems to me Bernie is a president for those who agree with him and share his advocacies, DAMN those who don't. America isn't Denmark, and though I'm not American, I understand it to be a nation of hardworking "do-it-yourselfers" with an individualist bent since its inception; that's why many are disdainful of socialist entitlements. I agree though, that income disparity has gone the extreme with the current financial system having the rich (willingly or not) suck the lifeblood out of the system at the expense of the middle and lower classes. Something tough and brave should be done-- but it's not done using dumb bulldozers (break the banks!).. Still, I find it, well, reductive, that whenever a politician changes positions on an issue, or have dealings with sectors others might see as villainous (eg. Wall Street), he/she is necessarily of questionable character or leadership. Like wtf, are you supposed to be president of the "downtrodden" only? A president should know what he/she wants and will work hard to achieve it but is able to compromise (within bounds) to achieve the best outcome for all. A president should have his/her core values intact but should also be flexible, practical while progressive, intelligent and with a good/great grasp of issues but cognizant of the need to still learn and hear from all voices-- a president for ALL. A president for all but who can still be tough and decisive when the need arrives. Indications are, Bernie-- and more certainly ALL the Republican clowns (especially that huckster Trump)-- aren't these things. HILLARY IT IS.
  13. After Barclays, True Blue will cease being identified as a love song to Sean (the "coolest guy in the world"), but as a love letter to Debbie, or the M-D Friendship Love Song
  14. My ticket for the first night cost me over $650-- and even that is just the 5th most expensive! I got the cheapest tix for the 2nd night ( at around $70) right up the boondocks, which would not be that bad I think as it would be my "taking it all in from afar" night. But, I would've wanted the cheapest tix during the first show.. and the more expensive seat for the second show as better, nearer seats are still available,,, Yeah, the tix are soo expensive and shot a big hole through my pockets, but, hey, it's M - A - D - O - N - N - A. Oh, wait. Aside from the tickets, I now have to book non-discounted airfare and hotel accommodations.. and go on salary-deducted leave for 3 days (excluding the 25th)! Aarrggh!!
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