One of M’s most happy and romantic songs was the third single off the LAP album. It’s a kind of breather after the one-two punch of the far darker-themes of Til Death Do Us Part and Promise To Try. Her voice sounds so youthful on this track and so bubbly and joyous that you can’t help but smile as you sing along. Lyrically she sings about wanting a romantic, undying love which is interesting considering she was dealing with the break down of her marriage to Sean Penn at the time. Maybe she was showing her optimistic side and that she believed a lasting true love was still out there for her. Although a happy simple song on the surface, there is a lot of complexity going on melodically. The ending section with all of the different melodies being sung simultaneously is quite brilliant and works beautifully.
What do you think of this song?
You just knew when you heard those opening strings that this was not going to be just your average pop song. The song introduced us to a new M persona, one that was more mature and serious but still as exciting and outspoken as before. Her vocal delivery really should be applauded here. There is such earnest and passion in her singing and she really makes you believe she is that teenage girl struggling with the decision to keep her baby. The song addressed political, religious, and social issues and did it all with an infectious pop sensibility that is impossible to resist – quite a feat and like nothing else heard in the 80s music scene. A true Madonna classic.
What do you think of Papa Don’t Preach?
I have to say that I expected more when I first heard this song, but I was also happy to hear a classic Madonna ballad again. Over time however, this song really grew on me and became one of my favorites from MDNA. Her voice is really quite superb here particularly on the higher notes and the beautifully sung “Nothing’s indestructible” section. There is a warmth and vulnerability in her voice which was good to hear again after a long stretch of primarily dance/upbeat material. I also really love the lyrics and the art/love metaphor. I particularly love the line “The look but please don’t touch me type” – very clever and descriptive of the relationship she is “painting” through the song. I do feel like it could really benefit from a beautiful bridge though which would lift the song even more right before the final chorus. Overall, a lovely song and a wonderful addition to her outstanding ballad catalogue.
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Madonna aligns with NRA, schools gun-grabbing liberal media
During an interview that aired on Friday’s “Good Morning America,” pop diva Madonna made a comment usually heard from tea partiers and National Rifle Association members: “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”
Madonna appeared on the ABC News morning program promoting her concert event, “Madonna: The MDNA Tour,” which airs Saturday on the EPIX network. The first half of the concert relies heavily on the use of guns as props, which has drawn some criticism. When ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas asked her if she’d considered changing or deleting that segment of the show, Madonna said absolutely not.
“That would be like asking people to not have guns in action movies,” she said. “I mean the thing is, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That whole first section of the show is like an action movie, and I was playing a super vixen who wanted revenge.”
Vargas then reminded her of recent instances of gun violence.
“But I know there was several movies that delayed release because of the shootings, for example, at Sandy Hook Elementary school,” Vargas said.
“Well that’s not going to change the situation,” Madonna answered. “This all comes from fear and ignorance, and people not really raising their children, or not paying attention to what’s going on.”