On August 16, Madonna turns 53. This amazing woman has brought me so much joy and been such a great influence on me and my life. I would like to share some thoughts on her through the years.
I remember hearing “Holiday” for the first time. I went to the record store and debated about getting her album or the debut album from Shannon (who had a hit with “Let the Music Play”). I got the Madonna album, and never did get the Shannon one.
When Madonna first came on the scene, I was just coming to terms with my sexuality. I realized I was gay, and there was just something about this woman who “wanted to conquer the world” (as she famously told Dick Clark) that drew me to her. She was someone who was very confident in herself and not afraid to take risks. Traits that I wish I had in myself.