I have been a Madonna's fan in denial for a couple of decades now. I am not a nostalgic person but for some reasons this album is THE madonna album for me, as it was the first vinyl album I bought. No matter how hard she tried to find her religious, rebelious, spiritual path, my love for Madonna could never compare to the Like A Virgin era, even tho this album does not feature 3 of my fav songs: Holiday, Lucky Star and Borderline. It still remains the iconic Madonna image with this album cover above.
First of all, 30 damn years ... as Stephen Hawking would say, what is time? Well it's 30 damn years right here ;P And for that we can all congratulate the artist who has been pretty incredible (like it or not) ever since.
Billboard wrote: "the 20-something Michigan native caused a minor sensation, setting the stage for a total pop-culture takeover. Clearly, music was only one of her weapons."
A pop culture take over it was ... If you have been to one of her concerts, you can tell that people love her new songs but nothing can compare to the energy you feel when people start to hear the first notes of Holiday it just sets the audience on fire.
I remember her closing the Re-Invention tour show in Paris in 2004 with a really cool version of Holiday !!! It still gives me chills thiking about it ... I remember that for this show in particular I flew to Paris some of my family members who always wanted to see her live, it was so cool and it still gives me chills looking at it all over again:
The very first time I saw Madonna live was in France when I was 19 for the The Girlie Show, where she performed a fun military Holiday:
There was something magical about those ealy tours, at first I long believed that it was because it was my first shows. Then having experienced her other tours ... I one day realized that I had the opportunity to see concerts the way people would never see them again ... like ever again ... without the use of smartphones!!!!!! Mostly pre-iPhone, circa 2007.
Not a single soul trying to take a pic for twitter or instagram, not a single soul spending time paying more attention at their director's skills by staying still for a video they would later post on Youtube. This era had something magic for the performers and the audience. It must be so frustrating for singers to face this ocean of digital devices.
I am totally guilty of charge! The mystery is that I still have no idea why I am still trying to take photos when I see her live. I try not to as much as I used to, but still. I can't help. Something in my mind is telling me "she is right there in front of you ... immortalize that moment, take a pic" and then I tell myself "she is right there in front of you ... enjoy that moment and put your camera down"
Thank you Madonna and Happy birthday Like A Virgin.