Sunday, February 05, 2012

I Am A Material Girl

Even though the Broncos aren't playing, if I think hard enough, I can probably name the two teams that are playing.  But I can tell you who's performing at halftime in a nanosecond.

Madonna is set to take the halftime stage at the Superbowl later today, and I admit, I'm excited to watch.  I feel a kinship of sorts with Madonna.  You might not know it, but I was in the Material Girl video.

Well, okay, it was a remake.

A long time ago when MTV was barely born, my 2nd grade music teacher, Mr. Dennis,  had us break into groups to create music videos.  There was a catchy new song out called, "Material Girl," and Jessica, Kristen and I were going to nail it.  

We had a couple of days to choreograph and plan our big video debut.  We'd lip synced our song a hundred times, our hair was perfectly crimped and teased, and our neon leg warmers were in place.

I'm absolutely certain we had no idea what the song was about.  Madonna's message of living an affluent, extravagant life was lost on us 7-year-olds.  I'd never seen the video and it was probably many years later when I finally saw it for the first time.  And maybe that's when it hit me:  our version of Material Girl was so... different.

For a solid four minutes, my innocent 2nd grade friends and I traipsed around our music room, bobbing our heads, dancing, and flinging brightly colored fabric strips.

Fabric strips.  You know, material.

It's a version you won't see Madonna perform at the Super Bowl show today.  But as I sit and watch her perform today with some like-minded crafty friends, it seems appropriate that a bunch of material girls would be cheering on the Material Girl.  

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!


  1. You want to know what's hilarious? I was grouped with Allison Spurlock (and maybe Allison Fraer, too) and our video was to Olivia Newton John's, "Physical." We did aerobics, because we thought it was about getting physically fit!


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