In Defense of Madonna
As a huge fan of Madonna (in more huge ways than one :)) I’ve found I’ve had to come to her defense over the past week since the release of her 12th album, MDNA, on March 26, 2012.
It’s been a good exercise for me because, to be honest, I haven’t been a fan of a lot of her recent work. On many levels I’m confused by her music and choices. I feel like the concepts and execution she’s pursued of late fall short of the legacy she’s been building.
Personally, I wish she would explore more unique music with clever lyrics. I wish she’d return to melding controversial ideas with triumphant pop and/or funky ballads. But I’m not the boss of her. No one is the boss of Madonna. She may not be the best at everything she attempts, but at least she experiments and takes risks. And she has a lot of fans that love her in this genre, and I suppose she’s in good company with the genre she’s currently exploring.
I think as human creatures we become hypercritical when others don’t meet our expectations and fall short of what we desire them to be—especially if we’ve received certain positive outcomes from them in the past. We become dependant on them for joy and fulfillment and are easily disappointed. But I don’t think it helps to be critical (analytical, yes) of people for not behaving the way we want them to or making the decisions we want them to or making the music we want them to. I would like to see Madonna fans be thankful for what they’ve gained from her and hang on for the next Madonna incarnation—because history shows there will be one. 🙂
In the meantime, I hope Madonna holds true to herself and makes decisions based on her own gut.
“Poor is the man whose pleasure depends on the permission of another.”
Madonna- Justify My Love
Words to live peacefully by from one of my most significant heroes whom I will remain forever faithful to. Dear Madonna and reader: Express Yourself!
I leave you with my Bossy video, which I made a few years ago, a bit of a tribute to Madonna as I play with Papa Don’t Preach. http://youtu.be/UgmZiHCFU9Q
PS The new song I F**ked Up on the Deluxe Edition of MDNA is AWESOME!!! Seriously.