Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Power of Madonna

 Is anyone surprised by the Power of Madonna? For God's sake this woman gave us universally recognized lines like 'Strike a pose! Vogue!...' 'Like a virgin, touched for the very first time...'  'And I am a material girl'.
My Mother kept a watchful eye on Madonna and what she was teaching me. I'm sure her 13 year old princess fervently singing Like a Virgin, rattled her maternal instincts a little.. a lot. 
 But in the end, my parents (who between them have seen every movie ever made) taught me a lot about being inspired by another artist, and reinterpreting a theme, a mood, a look... through the power of Madonna. 


There was the obvious comparison to Marilyn, with Material Girl, the androgynous look taken directly from Marlene Dietrich and the corseted Madonna not so subtly mimicking Horst's The Mainbocher.
 
Years later, Christina, Britney, and (doing a little curtsy) the Lady Gaga and Gleeks all over the world have all been inspired by Madge. I'm not a Gleek ... Bless their hearts. I watch Glee while doing the dishes or folding laundry... not really into the high school drama of it all, but the singing and dancing (yes I know, that's 50% of the show) is fantastically choreographed within an inch of its life. The Power of Madonna episode is brilliant! Sue Sylvester's performance is on another level. We ALL can relate to striking a pose. I can strike a pose with the best of them, well... maybe not the best, but you feel me. 

One of my favorite interpretation of the Material Girl's work is this one from the  Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge.



SPECIAL FOR STYLE SHEPHERD FOLLOWERS:
This weeks Style Shepherd Giveaway is inspired by this picture of Madonna To win this chunky gold link necklace from Wishing Well Cottage you must be a follower of the Style Shepherd,  and leave a comment about your favorite Madonna performance. You can comment as many times as you like, as long as each comment is about a different performance. Each winner will be chosen by random.org and as always, this giveaway is open to every country. Qualifying comments must be in English (Sorry, no translation yet) and entered by Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 11:59PM EST. 
The winners will be notified and announced on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Good Luck! 













38 comments:

  1. I follow (follower name is Damla).
    I think her confessions tour was beautiful. Also, my favorite songs of her are "papa don't preach" and "la isla bonita".

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  2. my favorite madonna appearance would be when i saw her live in concert in Philly in the 80's.

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  3. Congratulations on your win Damla!!!

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  5. i am a follower :)
    i have never seen her in concert (wish i did) but i love her video of just like a prayer...it was contrversial when it first came out but i think it was really good!

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  6. Lyudmila I'll email you later, but you just have to say what is your favorite Madonna performance. Maybe you saw her on MTV or at the Oscars or live or Youtube... just your favorite.

    My favorite performance was when she did Vogue dressed like Marie Antoinette. See?

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  7. I'm a follower!My fav performance was in the videoclip of frozen.So fragile, somehow dark and there was a kind of magic in that clip.
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  8. I'm a follower and I especially liked her performance of Like a Prayer at "Hope for Haiti" benefit concert.
    Thanks for the giveaway
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  9. I am a follower!

    My favorite performance was one I saw on tv a while ago, she was performing the song Dia another day.. Im not sure where exactly it was though :/
    That is definetly my favorite song of hers and I remember that performance was great :)

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  10. Im a follower!

    My favorite performance was one I saw on tv a while ago, It was her performing die another day.. That song is one of my favorites and I remember I really enjoyed that video :)

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  11. Follow your blog and I love the Material Girl video

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  12. Follow blog and also LOVE the Cherish video----its on the beach!

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  13. I'm a follower (Jasmine1485) and my favourite performance was the MTV awards with Britney. Was it her best performance? No, I don't think so. However, art (including music) exists to provoke comment and make people think, and there was almost no one who wasn't talking about that when it happened! The 'Like a Prayer' video was good for the same reason. :)

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  14. I follow through google friend and I liked her acting performance in Desperately Seeking Susan. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I love the video with the lion

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  16. Following :D and I love her perfomance in MTV music awards in 1990 when she sang vogue with vintage clothing :D

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  17. followed your blog.

    my favorite 'Glee' Stars Say There's 'Secret Stuff' In Madonna

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  18. followed your blog.

    i love the Who's That Girl (1987)

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  19. followed your blog.

    i love the You Can Dance (1987)

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  20. i followed your blog.

    i love the material girl


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  21. i followed your blog.

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  23. i followed your blog.

    i love the like a virgin


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  24. i followed your blog.

    i love the dress you up


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  25. i followed your blog.

    i love the like a prayer


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  26. i followed your blog.

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  27. i followed your blog.

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  28. Blog follower. I like Frozen. It still gives me the chills!

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  29. Don't know if this is allowed but I really liked her performances in the Evita movie. Especially Don't Cry for me Argentina

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  31. My favorite Madonna performance is Vogue - beautiful coreografy and all those emblematic poses - and of course de conic bra!

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  32. I love Give it 3 me video - great song and she is absolutely gorgeous in this video: I want her hair!!!

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  33. Express Yourself is one of the greatest songs ever, and the video with Madonna dancing in men's clothes and all those gorgeous men's wet bodies...

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  34. Like a Prayer is an unforgettable song, and the kind of creapy video is worth for the burning crosses scene.

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  35. Like a Virgin: that video is the ultimate 80's symbol!!!

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  36. I also loved her at the 2003 video awards. Christina and her. :D lol , it caused a lot of talkk

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  37. I am a follower & I loved the pepsi performance she did!

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  38. to be ernest,ther will never be any body else like her. Ok JLo did waht she could,but she is easily forgetable.
    Lady Gaga? i don't know...........
    Madonna is unic,even when she "borrowed marilyn's look,it looked unic on her
    Best Whishes to the blog user

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