True Blue

Happy Birthday Madonna!

Madonna illustration, based on True Blue cover image

Illustration of Madonna based on the brilliant True Blue cover photo, shot by Herb Ritts.

I still recall exactly where I was the first time I heard “Live to Tell” from this album. Walking up Karl Johan’s st. in Oslo with the yellow Sony “Sports” Walkman that was both weather proofed and had a FM tuner built in.

Thinking the song was about to end, I was totally floored by the false stop and her voice coming back at about 3 minutes and 50 seconds:

“If I ran way, I’d never have the strength to go very far”

That’s when I understood this wasn’t just another cute party girl with a microphone like Sabrina, Sandra or Samantha Fox who were also high on the charts at the time. This was different…