Don’t you think that we should all be given a pass for today for being overly emotional? Afterall, we are artists and his purple majesty died today.
The very first concert that I attended was Prince in 1984ish. I remember it well, a random kid thought he knew me.
As my good friend Joseph Irizarry pointed out.., “Purple Rain” was the first movie with adult situations I saw.. Perhaps too erotic for a six year old.
On one of our first dates I was trying to show Holly Morris some movies that impacted me.. i put on Purple Rain..she got through 12 minutes and fell asleep.
My band, My version of It, used to regularly perform Purple Rain, the song, as a cover.. Usually to end the night, I sold it as a “funny idea” but secretly really got off on the Prince Guitar solos. The first time we played it, this guy “Mo” came in from outside and said “oh! no way!” We had people in the club singing along, still my fav cover song. We could never upload it to youtube tho..
We did “controversy” on new years eve 2002. To b controversial and b cause eye was drinking purple drank I kissed that dude Byron Claymore on stage, then decked him across his face. He was playing keyboards that night. On time Byron grabbed the mic during a rendition or Purple Rain at The east end cafe and oddly stated shouting “philly steaks, philly steaks, philly steaks.” I was thrown out that night for being too intoxicated. Jon Groobz was serving as our bodyguard “ak 47”
We had to retire Purple Rain because we played it way too often. People started complaining that we were “ruining a classic” – on my commute to Philly to record our 2007 album “One Way” I listened to Purple Rain everyday. Once on the car ride home to New Castle, while listening to 1999 I threw up in a cowboy hat and hucked it at a prostitute. I was overly medicated on painkillers from a recent surgery. We were drinking a little too.
I take medication where I cant drink any more. It gives me the shakes and makes me have nervous legs and discomfort sitting. Its supposed to be helping me, but people misinterpret your physical characteristics. sometimes the mock and mimic them. Nasty. At least when you drink, people think youre fun. You tell them you dont drink and they hold it against you.
If you havent heard “Planet Earth” by prince. You have to. In 2001 I was very much infatuated with “Emancipation.” Its the album where he has “slave” written on his cheek. It is hard to be an artist kept away from your art by corporations. He was having a contract dispute with the wb. he said “oh great.. Now you think youre my soul mate… You dont even know what kind of cereal i like. Wrong. Capn crunch. Soy milk.”
My mom, long before she became obsessed with Bono was in love with the purple one. She used to tape Prince songs off the radio for me. My favorite tape was a tape of Prince songs taped off the radio in Jeannette of Prince and Morris Day songs with a blue star she scribbled on the label. i called it the star tape. i now have. A tattoo of a blue star on my left upper bicep.
In 1986 there is a record by the Hindu Love Gods. Its a group comprised of Bill Berry, Peter Buck and Mike Mills from r.e.m. And Warren Zevon on vocals. Its a mainly blues album, but they do a killer rock version of raspberry beret. Even when I was a teenager and only listening to rock Prince had a place.
Remember, Holly Morris, when we drove all the way upstate to find a target to get the album he released only in target? The record he put out last year by 3rdeyegirl that I worked out many times to at Worlds Gym in millsboro. The lyrics to Marz sing “Lost my job at Mickie D’s
For giving away too much food for free
But I couldn’t watch another black child go to school
With nothing to eat”
Nothing so noble here. i have never had a disciplinary complaint at any of my previous jobs.mMaybe I should have been giving away free burgers to black children.. That would be at least something that i could stand for. I have fairly bad habits of mostly sticking up for myself when I feel like people are attacking me unfairly. not good for a slave.
On “The Holy River” Prince sings:
So over and over you ask your soul
Why’d you come down to a world so cold?
And the voice inside says, tonight the truth will be told
You surrounded yourself with all the wrong faces
Spending your time in all the wrong places
Puttin’ your faith in things that only make you cry
People say, they love you when they wanna help
But how can they when you can’t help yourself?
The more they say they love you, the more you just wanna die
So here we go again, the self analysis
Have another glass of port and uh, forget this
The band’s playin’ at the club tonight and they’re bound to groove.
As enigmatic as Prince was, you could always find transcendence in his words or just the emotion of his guitar. he played While my guitar gently weeps at the super bowl. it weput, and wailed and broke the rules.
He wwas a huge influence on me.. Soul where I have none and funk where Id only wish to funk. If he had demons and dependency, the world is a very hard place to live in for sensitive people and smart people and artists and spiritual people, we are not allowed in the Garden and there not much else out here but snakes.
Youre thinking that i must really love prince. More than that.he’s dearly beloved, and he taught us that you dont have to be a slave to corporate bullshit and getting away from an oppressive atmosphere. We could all learn to stand for our principles like The Purple One. thank you Prince, I hope Jehovah’s Witnesses get into heaven,and hope I do to. Much love. Goodnight and god bless. . Im gonna have a bowl of capn crunch with soy milk tomorrow afternoon, just like 2day. Before I got suckered into a pitfall by trying to be the best I could be. i wish I could have talked about Prince today, but maybe by standing up for myself I said a lot more about him.
Imagine you could rid the Earth
Of anyone you choose
Which ones would you need the most
And which ones would you lose?
Do we want to judge another
Lest we be judged too?
Careful now… The next one might be you