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Daya channels Madonna at Busch Gardens

By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent

Venue: Busch Gardens, Tampa

Or is it Ariana Grande? I’m going with the original, because the outfit was definitely Madonna-inspired. Now before someone goes all ìwhat difference does the outfit make, you never mention men’s outfits,î I’ll note that as of yet I haven’t written about anyone whose outfit would get my attention walking down the street. I did make mention of a guy’s hair a couple of times, when it stood out, so I’m going to do the same about outfits (male or female) that get my attention.

And Daya’s was intended to do that, though it also made a statement about a social issue, in a very ironic way ñ and that’s impressive! You see, you could just dismiss it as just another pop tart wearing a skin-revealing sequined bikini top, except the breast cups were also eyes ñ a reference to the oft-heard complaint by well-endowed women that ìMy eyes are up here!î So this is a reversal, almost like she is asking you to look at them. Okay, no almost about it!

Along with some social commentary concerning equal rights during her between-songs chatter, and her all-female band, you can tell there’s more going on than the usual in her head ñ though the music and lyrics include the typical teen angst about relationships, ìSit Still, Look Prettyî rejects the notion that all women have are their looks, or that they need a partner to complete them.

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About Brent Michael (85 Articles)
Senior Journalist/Photographer When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.

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