It’s 1989 and I’m twenty-seven years old. OMG! I’m over the hill.
But really… there was something about this year. Was it those first few wrinkles I saw looking at my mug in my girlfriend Claudia’s (not her real name) mirror? She was a bit younger than me and used to joke that I was “decrepit.” All in good fun.
Just before that, I was finishing up my second year of study in India. The local Indian bookstore had this Madonna tape, so I picked it up. Way more expensive than the Hindi pop albums.
Returning home, I brought Madonna with me.
When I first saw a pic of Madonna in a music store around 1984, I thought the record company was just dressing up another cute, no-talent bum trying to create a star. I hadn’t listened to anything. This was just my first impression from the album cover. Well, okay. I was wrong. She has talent. She worked at it. She took vocal lessons. And it all came together, IMO, with this song.
I think “Like A Prayer” has power, groove, and for the era, impressive arrangement and production techniques. I’m a fan of production because as an aspiring bedroom producer I can understand how demanding it is.
I also remember the video for “Like A Prayer” being controversial back in ’89.
In the midnight hour
I can feel your power
The lyrics grabbed my attention because starting around 1986 I more or less became a night person, enjoying the peace and solitude of the “wee small hours of the morning” far more than I used to.
Frank Sinatra would understand. But I won’t get to HIM for almost another decade.
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