The Tuesday Playlist No. 49: Ring, ring, ring

The Tuesday Playlist No. 49: Ring, ring, ring

The telephone goes “ring, ring, ring” although nowadays it “blings”…this device that allows us to communicate to people all over the world while maintaining the intimacy of listening to someone´s voice…that miracle of men´s genius is the subject of our playlist. Here are 15 tracks from old to new, from the time where there was a rotary dial to know where you just get Siri to dial that number for you…enjoy 🙂 Featured image taken from http://www.theoldtelephone.co.uk/images/Belgian/Belgian%20Green_facing_right.jpg

The Tuesday Playlist No.24: Mononymous artists

The Tuesday Playlist No.24: Mononymous artists

For no particular reason we can think of this week’s playlist focuses on singers so good they only need one name, from Prince to Nico, Beck to Bjork, Madonna to Jobriath, we’ve got 15 tracks to perk up your week… No Morrissey though, which is nothing against him but rather an oversight on our part.

Tuesday Playlist No. 13: Unlucky for some, not so much for others

Tuesday Playlist No. 13: Unlucky for some, not so much for others

This week´s Tuesday Playlist is our number 13. Lucky 13! We chose 15 songs related to luck, superstition and the mystical number.  Among them, are artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, James Blake, Madonna and Stevie Wonder. There are some people who consider No. 13 to be an unlucky number. Some think it is unlucky because there were 13 dinner guests at the last supper, in Norse mythology there are 12 Gods sitting having supper when an uninvited god shows up (Loki), the murder of the knights of the Templar took place on that date, and there are many reasons Read more »

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

We review the latest Madonna single and ask is the Queen of pop getting too old for this kind of thing? Just because she is not “in” right now, and it is actually trendy not to like Madonna and apparently is amusing to talk about her fall, it does not mean that her new single is not one great dance track! Living For Love – Madonna Ok, ok, so this video has grown on me. I cannot say much for the rest of Madonna´s 13th (unlucky 13th?) studio album, I´ve only heard 6 tracks, of which I like this one and Read more »

Madonna: Black-haired ambition

Madonna: Black-haired ambition

Madonna is a chameleon. She blends in with her environment perfectly, reinventing and adapting constantly, always willing to try new things and evolve. One of the ways in which she changes is by changing the color of her hair. LIke many women before her a woman´s hair is part of the trademark. We will go into a deeper exploration of females and their hairstyles in another post but for now lets take a look at Madonna and her hair dyed black phase. ´Blonde Ambition´ was the name of Madonna´s third world concert tour, today we are going to look at Read more »

Madonna and Tinseltown

Madonna and Tinseltown

I have been writing about Madonna and now it is time to talk about her career as an actress. Madonna can’t act. It must be heartbreaking for a talented dancer, singer and songwriter not to be a triple threat but she isn’t. Time and time and again she has given it a shot and most of her movies have flopped at the box office. Sometimes even all the influences and contacts in the world cannot fool an audience. Madonna first appeared in two low budget movies in 1985. A Certain Sacrifice was directed by Stephen Jon Lewicki (also known for Read more »

Madonna: Videos by albums Take 4 – ‘Like a Prayer’.

Madonna: Videos by albums Take 4 – ‘Like a Prayer’.

Time to continue my Madonna research and reach one of my favorite albums: Like a Prayer! Madonna – Like A Prayer I have already taken a look at “Like a Prayer” in a previous One on One… However, I think it deserves a deeper look. The album was released in 1989. It was a personal intimate album in which she took on her mother´s death (when Madonna was just a child), growing up as a Catholic, female empowerment, geniusly done through pop music with pop, funk, gospel and soul influences.  I personally love the track that titles the album and Read more »

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

Madonna: Videos by albums. Take 3.

A look at Madonna´s third album “True Blue”. Time to resume my analysis of Madonna´s videos album by album. I am enjoying revisiting her although the album I’m looking at today isn’t one of her best, or not one that has great videos anyway… Her third album is “True Blue”. It was released in June 30th, 1986. It was a success worldwide, and it was a more mature album, dealing with work and relationships, the album was dedicated to her then husband Sean Penn. She also incorporated elements of classical music into her pop music, and received positive reviews from Read more »

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna Videos by albums: Take 2 “Material Girl”

Madonna´s Album “Material Girl”, a great follow up album. I love writing about music videos because it is a habit I had lost. In the late 80´s and 1990s I would spend whole afternoons with MTV on while I did my homework, but somewhere along the way, I stopped watching them. I don’t know if I had said that before, but I was thinking about it when I started writing this post. Today, I am happy to be discussing Madonna´s videos because I get to go back and look at them with a different eye and re-evaluate what I thought. Read more »

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Madonna: Videos by Albums. Take One

Well friends, it is finally time to tackle the Queen of Pop and the most important female superstar of the last 30 years. She is also one of the artists that got the importance of music videos and knew how to ride that wave. She is unique, influential, talented, intelligent and undeniably an icon and the world´s most famous female pop performer. Since she has a long career and a long video trajectory, I think the best way to approach this is by choosing a video (or 2 when they are extremely good) per album. Let´s star with her first Read more »

It´s a Sin, Sadness Part 1 and Like a Prayer : Music as Religion

It´s a Sin, Sadness Part 1 and Like a Prayer : Music as Religion

Videos with Religion as core subject: “It´s a Sin”, “Sadness Part 1” and “Like a Prayer” have been a big part of our popular culture. I have been thinking about Religion lately. I think there are different reasons for that: I am taking a course on Coursera called “Soul Beliefs“ I have always enjoyed reading about religions and spirituality, also, I am going through a transition phase in my life which makes me question my beliefs and also. At the same time, we (as in the planet Earth) are being constantly bombarded by the media with news like the “derailment” Read more »