The sketchbook postings below were started in the stadium waiting for Madonna to take the stage. While waiting, I attempted to sketch the stage, and the polarized scoreboard icons of Madonna. The young lady seated next to me, asked me if I was writing a book when she saw my moleskine. I told her no, just trying to sketch what I was seeing. Thank goodness she was not more curious to see just exactly what I had done so far.
I never considered myself a big Madonna fan, but I have to tell you, when she finally arrived (2 hrs late) she performed non-stop. No intermission, no real costume changes, she was on the stage for the whole 2 hours, and was either dancing, jumping, jumping rope, alone and double dutch, working out like a boxer, playing electric guitar, all the while singing live. No lip synch, this was the real thing. Her body is incredibly toned and shaped. Her arms, legs and hands are sinewy. There is not one ounce of fat on her (I could hate her for that alone)! This woman is 50, and performs like a teenager as far as energy. She amazed me. I wasn't all that familiar with some of her songs, but she managed to work in some of her old hits, and the whole show was thoroughly entertaining. I may just have to download the new album "Hard Candy".