The first time I heard this song, I immediately thought she was influenced by working with Babyface on Bedtime Stories. It reminds me of the style of Babyface’s “When Can I See You Again.” It has that stripped down-acoustic and intimate feel like she’s standing in the room singing it to you. I don’t feel like her vocals are as strong as on the other two new songs from Something to Remember (I Want You and You’ll See) but there is a vulnerability in her voice here and I think it works well in the context of the song. I once again feel like this song could have been much stronger and emotional if she didn’t use so many cliches in her writing but her believable performance does make up for it. I love the way she gets a little more passionate in her singing during the bridge and I love the understated ending with the final pleading “give me one more chance.” I am interested to hear what others think of this song as I believe it is not very well liked among fans but I think there must be some love out there for it as well. While not one of my ultimate favorites, I do enjoy that she took a risk by recording such a stripped down , vulnerable song.
Madonna goes country – well…sort of. As with much of what she dabbles in, she manages to infuse the genre with her own personal stamp. While there are definately country/folk touches, there are also electronic touches, strings, and that awesome stop/start rhythm throughout that makes it something more than just a typical country/pop song. This is kind of an anthemic song for her as it sums up her fearlessness and tenacity so perfectly. So many times she has been written off or it has been stated that she is too old to do something and this is her answer to those detractors – she’s not going anywhere and she’ll continue to make her own decisions and she and only she will decide when she is done. She seems to really have a kindred songwriting spirit in her brother-in-law, Joe Henry – their collaborations always excite and surprise (Could they please work on a whole album together now!). As much as you can feel his influence on her in their songs, you can also feel her essence shining through as well. I really cannot hear anyone else singing this song and making it sound so convincing. My favorite part is when the music drops out and her layered vocals are isolated for the “Tell me love isn’t true” lines and then the strings swell up around her before the beat kicks back in – magic!
Madonna raised 60,000 dollars for charity by exposing her butt onstage during her show in New York City this week.
The 54-year-old singer encouraged those watching her to donate to victims of the recent hurricane Sandy – which recently hit the Caribbean and US, causing billions of dollars of damage and leaving many homeless – by throwing their cash onstage, the Daily Telegraph reported.
She told the crowd at the city’s Madison Square Garden venue: “I’m showing [my] naked ass for Hurricane Sandy victims.”
A person in attendance at the hurricane benefit told the New York Post: “One guy threw a $20 bill, and Madonna threw it back and said she wanted hundreds. She yelled, ‘Is that all my ass is worth?’”
Front Row VIP’s saw more than they were expecting of the 54-year-old singer, one said: “I was sitting in the first row and when Madonna did a split in a thong it was a Sharon Stone ‘Basic Instinct’ moment!”
Fans also had the opportunity to buy $2,500 ‘Ultimate VIP Packages’ to her ‘MDNA’ tour but had to sign wavers that insisted they would not ‘wonder off in any way’ or ‘seek out Madonna or her crew.’
The agreement also included that they were ‘not to engage in any illegal or inappropriate activities’ or ‘acts that are considered disturbing.’