Monday, February 06, 2006

Music Is My Drug

Has this ever happened to you? You’re listening to your favorite music, and suddenly there’s this funny feeling inside your head, like a tingling sensation or a sight buzz, almost a blurring of thought. It passes quickly, a giddy second or so of sensation. Yesterday I was listening to Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, and it happened during the second song, “Get Together.” Two-thirds into the song the beat pauses, and Madonna’s echo-filled voice sings “If it’s bitter at the start / then it’s sweeter in the end” while the beat builds up behind, sputtering back into pulse-pounding life.

For the past two days I’ve been playing again and again Madonna’s album and I must admit that the album has a hypnotic, even narcotic, effect on me. In “Sorry” it is the part where Madonna intones in the background, “I heard it all before” over and over; in “Future Lovers” it’s the Giorgio Moroder-like synthesizer background; in “I Love New York” it’s the irresistibly sing-along chorus and her “Get off my street” mantra towards the end of the song.

But I must admit that while Lola Madonna’s album is fantastic, I sort of tune out by the time her Kabbalah-inspired “Isaac” comes on. An album full of non-stop dance music can get tired, especially after the 40 minutes or so. Too much sugar and after the rush you get exhausted. So I limit myself to (usually) the first five songs of the album. Then I go back to the first song and repeat the whole thing.

Hi,Madge's "Ray of Light" has the same effect on me too.
You're right about "Isaac," on my playlist, I just edit that song out and just do the first five songs hahahha!

Ray of Light has the same effect, I agree, the sort of album that kinda loops back to the beginning. I usually edit out "Shanti/Ashtangi" out. ;-)
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