Madonna debuted her new track and launched her Art For Freedom project, with a performance of Secret Project Revolution film at an event in Manhattan on Tuesday night, halfway through the performance, a kneeling Madonna was accompanied by a masked dancer dressed head-to-toe in black , who later took off his balaclava to reveal his identity, and it was none other than Madonna’s 13-year-old son, Rocco.
In a 2006 interview with Q magazine, Madonna was asked which song of the last 20 years she wished she’d written. Her answer: Elliott Smith‘s “Between the Bars,” an aching ballad the late artist contributed to the “Good Will Hunting” soundtrack. On Tuesday night, Madonna sang the song she wishes was hers.
After the event she said, “This film, aside from my children, is to me the most important thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “The idea of being free, and being able to express myself, not only as an artist but as a human being, is extremely important and I do not take my freedom for granted. And it seems to me, when I travel around the world, that people are either not free and are fighting for it, or are free and taking it for granted. And both of those situations make me extremely agitated.”
Some of the guests includes, Madonna’s ex-husband Sean Penn, Lindsay Lohan, Anderson Cooper, Donna Karan, Zachary Quinto, Calvin Klein and David Blaine.
“God made art,” she continued. “God made human beings to create art. We are channeling God when we make art. I do not doubt that for a minute and it’s nobody’s business to get in the way of that. Amen.”