The Madonna Timeline: Song #19 – ‘Waltz for Eva & Che’ – December 1996

{Note: The Madonna Timeline is an ongoing feature, where I put the iPod on shuffle, and write a little anecdote on whatever was going on in my life when that Madonna song was released and/or came to prominence in my mind.}

Continuing the Evita theme of late, the iPod has chosen another selection from that famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and it’s a duet between Madonna and Antonio Banderas. God knows I love a waltz, and God knows I love Madonna, so this is one of my favorites from the album. The final flourishes of the instrumental portion towards the end are especially inspiring.

Though it came in the midst of a questionable time, this song doesn’t have any heartache attached to it – only a happy memory of my college graduation party, held December 23, 1996 at my parents’ home in Amsterdam, New York. I work a tux with tails, and even a bow tie and cummerbund. A lone calla lily served as a boutonniere. Suzie went so far as to wear a dress that was almost sleeveless. It was a big night.

The house was decorated for the holidays, lights twinkling around every corner, and the whole evening seemed to sparkle. I had managed to finish a full semester early, completing my Brandeis journey sooner than expected. I wanted out – I wanted freedom – I wanted to see the world – I wanted to waltz. And starting in the next month, I embarked on just that, but that’s another suitcase in another hall, and another story for another iPod selection.

Better to win by admitting my sin
Than to lose with a halo…
Song #19: ‘Waltz for Eva & Che’ – December 1996
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