Madonna is currently on a worldwide tour for her latest album, MDNA. Having seen her on her last three tours, I opted out. Of course I’m kind of hee-hawing about whether I’ll go and get a ticket right before she comes to Chicago, but I feel as though I’ve completed a trinity of tours and the last one was lackluster at best. I’ll blame the album, Hard Candy, for setting the tone for that tour.
One of the best parts of any Madonna show are the interludes. These are mini-films set to reinterpreted versions of her songs that usually play on the screens while they are switching out sets or costumes and usually act as a bookend to that section of a show.
It blows my mind how her interludes are actually better than a lot of her music videos. Perhaps that’s because they are short & sweet, soundtracked by songs we already know/love and show Madonna doing what she does best – work a camera.
With the first, Madonna makes her usual political statement about the world. This is something we’ve come to expect:
These two videos espouse the same planetary call-to-arms from the divine Madonna:
Another one from the current show:
And as much I just loathed the last tour, it did give us this, which makes its way onto my workout playlists all the time thanks to the Mortal Kombat.
Then there are the artsy ones, which may have two of the best opening films she’s done:
So in other words…I would like her to stop making weird or crappy music videos on a shoestring budget and instead get the people who are making these interesting, dare-I-say more artistic pieces to helm the camera for any songs that she’s (I’m laughing as I write this) hoping to release as a single for commercial and mainstream success. Sorry, I barely could get through that.
Fact is, I don’t know if mainstream is where Madonna is anymore. It’s not that she’s not cool, but she’s just not surfing the wave of where culture is at like she used to. As I was talking to my friend, I realized that poor Madonna has been a trailblazer in nearly every facet of her career and the last place she’ll be the first to venture into is old age. Not that I’m saying she’s old, but she’s clearly in the midst of an identity crisis in terms of what the public want and expects and what she wants to continue pursuing artistically. Sex was great, but with 20-year-olds nipping at your heels, and a supportive fan base that’s been with you for over three decades, it’s time to figure out what it is you’ve got left to say and how to say it.