Tuesday, April 20, 2010
GLITTER IN THE AIR
No Typo-that’s how her name is stylized…
PINK such a suggestive name full of soft, warm, lips, nipples, hidden parts…skin, soft pink skin.
I had no idea who she was other than another random singer, one of many that I don’t pay any attention to…Brittany, Christina, Pink…who cares?
Then, completely via synchronicity I happened to see her performance on the
and I had to know more about this ethereal creature of such amazing grace and style.
The song she sang “Glitter In The Air” spoke to me far beyond many of today’s pop Divas stream of mediocrity.
I started asking questions of my various pop musically inclined friends and once again by synchronicity I happened upon one of those cable channels that I didn’t even know I had access to and there she was live from Australia-P!NK and her FUNHOUSE concert.
So much more than Madonna, with more substance than CHER but evoking both and in some way surpassing them and making her own road of spectacle and adding her personal brand of mystery along the way.
She seems tougher, gritty, roadhouse beautiful in her barely there costumes and tattoos.
The hard lines of her impossible white hair playing against the softness of her features made hard and beautiful by careful painting and sculpting yet she never has that “Drag Queen Glam” thing she is more showgirl than caricature and more woman than (I’m sure) some can handle.
Presented as a program her, music-she IS the song writer and is credited with the concept of her concert-speaks of longing, loneliness, sadness and love.
You believe it when she says “It used to be a fun house but now it’s full of evil clowns” and she is about to tear it down.
There is an editorial edge to her manic attack on “SO WHAT?” a song to her ex husband (?) that says “I’m still a Rock Star, I got my rock moves and I don’t need you…” and as she dances and cavorts, swings on trapeze and floats, dripping wet hanging from pink silk all the while managing to sing and hang onto the microphone we see her heart exposed but healing in the waves of love from the fans.
Her Grammy performance elicited a spontaneous standing ovation from an audience of the jaded and cynical-they usually only stand up for age or bravery…on this occasion they were up because there was nothing less that they could do for a woman with the guts to drop her gown and while singing turn into a human sprinkler…blessing the audience with the crystal droplets showering down from the lofty heights where she and her angelic trio hovered doing their perfect routine and then landing perfectly on her stiletto heels only to magically vanish as befits such an angelic vision.
If you don’t know her take a look at P!NK-she is art and poetry combined with fine theatre-a rare combination indeed.
Her funhouse album is available in PG and R rated formats and the concert is available on DVD or Blu Ray.
"Glitter In The Air"
Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
Closed your eyes and trusted, just trusted?
Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, "I just don't care"?
It's only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg
The sun before the burn
The thunder before the lightning
The breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?
Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
You're whole life waiting on the ring to prove you're not alone
Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?
It's only half past the point of oblivion
The hourglass on the table
The walk before the run
The breath before the kiss
And the fear before the flames
Have you ever felt this way?
There you are, sitting in the garden
Clutching my coffee,
Calling me sugar
You called me sugar
Have you ever wished for an endless night?
Lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight?
Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself will it ever get better than tonight?
Lyrics by P!NK