"I have moments where I feel incredibly invincible and know that I have the audience in my hand… and then I have panic attacks, where I feel like everyone is breathing my air, and I might just die on stage" – Madonna quoted in the new Dazed and Confused Magazine.
Mrs. Ciccone is totally rocking this really hard edge on the cover of the English magazine called Dazed and Confused. This is the first of many magazine covers that Madonna will occupy as the release of her highly anticipated new album, titled Hard Candy, approaches. Can you believe it's been over 3 years since her last album was released?! Confessions was released in '05. Lets get it going! You can already pre-order the CD HERE.
The rumored track list for Madge's new album is as follows:
Candy Store 4 Minutes to Save the World Give it 2 Me Heartbeat Miles Away She's Not Me Incredible Beat Goes On Dance Tonight Spanish Lesson Devil Voices
I'm super duper excited. Madonna season is upon us. xox!!!
I've never really been a fan of John Lennon's song Imagine. I mean, duh, I totally dig the message and all that but the original and every remake that I have ever heard has just seemed corny and cheesy. Yes - even Madge's version was dull dull dull. She's not getting love from me there. Well, the absolutely adorable and talented David Archuleta performed the song last night on American Idol and it was brilliant. If for no other reason at all you should tune in to American Idol to see this young chap perform. The judges and the fans love love love David. After the song, YOU MUST listen to Paula's comments on his performance! She said "David, you are ridiculous. I wanted to squish you, squeeze your head off, and dangle you from my rear-view mirror". No really - that is what she said - no joke. I bet she is only half kidding. Watch the clip.
the tub waits like a womb. admonished by her previous tenants. water wades up to my big toe. cleans the coagulated blood (splashed on it moments ago). it's a heavy day and almost summer. someone should tell the clouds in the wind who are busy knocking over chairs in less guarded rooms. while i am Concentrated on: recreating one more day that contains a least one moment of de ja vu. i get close, and sometimes even come in range of you. maybe just by a single sullen syllable spoken like a warrior. but, nothing mocks us more than we've already been mocked and no one hears us clearer than the people who have decided that there is no box. i teetered on the edge there for a second. almost slipped! but never once have considered purchasing any of those hideous adhesives that you glue on the bottom of the shower. you know, the ones that are cut out like daisies and misshapen replicas of human feet. instead i keep my balance like a cat and look forward to the day when all of my shit is put away. Literally. Figuratively. which ever way you slice it, i'm pretty much always looking forward to ___ always cant wait for___
but... now is good. in fact. now is great. again, there are those who just manufacture little memories. built to hit me like a jack knife when I thought the loaf of bread came pre- sliced. hit me like a clown gets hit with banana cream pie.
i wonder sometimes...mostly just: why? but should take to pondering more often, things like: what to eat, and what shoes to wear with what dress (for the record it's mostly dresses now).
I slipped through a worm hole at some point along this journey. maybe even burrowed into. the other side has blossomed and revealed the most sparkling sunshine along with the dense fog, which combined in the same second of twilight creates this perfect jesus sky that we can marvel at...while other times I just need the view of us...of you...of each molecule, cell, tissue...organs that make up your body, but always fall short of capturing your old soul...they are just vessels for your energy, which spasms and contorts my body early in the morning in ways I continue to be amazed at. -ariel quirolo
To her longtime friends, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton sounds unusually philosophical on the phone these days. She rarely uses phrases like “when I’m president” anymore. Somber at times, determined at others, she talks to aides and confidants about the importance of focusing on a good day’s work. No drapes are being measured in her mind’s eye, they say.
And Mrs. Clinton has begun thanking some of her major supporters for helping her run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“When this is all over, I’m really looking forward to seeing you,” she told one of those supporters by phone the other day.
Mrs. Clinton has not given up, in her head or her heart, her quest to return to the White House, advisers say. But as resolute as she is, she no longer exudes the supreme confidence that was her trademark before the first defeat, in Iowa in January. And then there were more humbling blows, aides say: replacing her campaign manager on Feb. 10, then losing the Wisconsin primary and her hold on the women’s vote there last Tuesday.
If she is not temperamentally suited to reckon with the possibility of losing quite yet, advisers say, she is also a cold, hard realist about politics — at some point, she is known to say, someone will win and someone will not.
Just below you will find the always engaging photos of RJH. On a recent walk around Manhattan on a blistery winter day, RJH captured some lovely shots of the city terrain. These are only a few - you can see the rest at RJH's Flickr Page. Enjoy. xox.
Waiting is the hardest thing [It's strange I feel like I've known you before] I tell myself that if I believe in you [And I want to understand you] In the dream of you [More and more] With all my heart and all my soul [When I'm with you] That by sheer force of will [I feel like a magical child] I will raise you from the ground [Everything strange] And without a sound you'll appear [Everything wild] And surrender to me, to love - M.
Rolling Stone got a quick listen to a few tracks off of Madonna's yet to be titled new album due out in April. Here is what they had to say...
Madonna has managed to keep most details about her still-untitled follow-up to 2005's Confessions on a Dance Floor (due April 29th) under wraps, but Rolling Stone got an early listen to five tracks today and some behind-the-scenes info from producer Nate "Danja" Hills.
Fans who worried that Madonna might be losing inspiration as she approaches fifty need not be concerned. The new album takes a few steps away from the hyper-polished future disco of Confessions toward a more urban-oriented, thumpy funk, featuring production by Timbaland and Pharrell, as well as collaborations with Justin Timberlake. Danja says he worked on the album in London, and that Madonna indicated "she just wanted uptempo, dance, club [sounds] and everything to have a hip-hop underlining." He adds that Madonna was easy-going and frequently in the studio putting in long hours alongside himself, Timbaland and Timberlake: "She would come in and sit in her chair in the corner and just vibe with us."
The record's first single is "4 Minutes to Save the World," the track Timbaland partially debuted during a Philadelphia Christmas concert in December. "4 Minutes" has a bit of a marching band aesthetic as blasting brass play a scale-like riff, a hard, clanging beat enters and Madonna sings that the "road to heaven is paved with good intentions." Timberlake and Madonna trade verses, and he appears on the chorus, doing his best Michael Jackson impression while quickly crooning, "We've only got four minutes to save the world." The track ends after a brief breakdown where everything drops out but one of Tim's signature Bhangra beats, some stabs of brass and Madonna's urgent tick-tock's. It's a loud, busy, energetic track that is apparently getting an equally adventurous video: As previously reported, the clip (which is still being completed) is directed by hot French duo Jonas & François (Justice's "D.A.N.C.E."). Timbaland makes an appearance, and Madonna and Timberlake play superheroes tackling physical obstacles. The clip features choreography by Jamie King, who worked on Madonna's Confessions, Re-Invention and Drowned World tours as well as her video for Confessions' "Sorry."
The Pharrell-produced "Candy Store" opens with a big beat and Madonna's invitation to "Come on in to my store, I got candy galore." The track is pretty bare on the verses, but there's a flash of brassy soul on the chorus when harmonies join Madonna singing, "I'll be your one stop (one stop) candy shop." The track is punctuated with throbbing breaks filled with hypnotic synths, and Pharrell jumps on the mike for a brief rhyme. The most lyrical of the five songs is "Miles Away," a wistful tune about a long-distance relationship with a melody that resembles Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds, an album Danja says Madonna admired. "We would come up with a track and him and Madonna would come and do lyrics and melody together," Danja explains. The song opens with a quickly strummed acoustic guitar, then a stuttering beat drops in and the track slowly swells until it's filled with atmospheric synths. "You always seem to have the biggest heart when we're 6,000 miles apart," Madonna sings grandly, lamenting, "I guess we're at our best when we're miles away." The song has a more airy aesthetic compared to the heavy beats on other tracks, which reflects its more emotional lyrics.
The track that sounds most like a more urban, edgy continuation of Confessions is the excellent "Give It to Me," which bumps along to a thick synth tone Danja employed on Britney Spears' Blackout. It's an aggressive, clubby track with a raw, house-y beat that's ripe for remixing, and Madonna sings, "When the lights go down and there's no one left I can go on and on." It ends after a fast, killer breakdown where she chants "Get stupid" over a xylophone chime as the beat builds into a frenzy and she proclaims, "Give it to me / No one's gonna stop me now."
The dance floor theme returns again on "Heartbeat," which boasts a thumping hip-hop beat with a sandpaper shuffle and twinkling Eighties-reminiscent synths. Madonna opens up her voice more, singing, "Can't you see when I dance I feel free / Which makes me feel like the only one the light shines on." The song features a brief rap breakdown that recalls Nelly Furtado's chanty "Promiscuous" ("See my booty get down," Madonna speak-sings), but returns to its clubby roots in the end.