Musicians Die but Legends Live Forever RIP Prince

April 21, 2016 at 10:07 am we lost a music icon.  Prince meant different things to different people. For me it all started in the 80’s with the album 1999 and songs like,

Prince

Prince the Legend Passes Away at 57 Years Young

Little Red Corvette Lyrics

Little red Corvette
Baby you’re much too fast
Little red Corvette
You need a love that’s gonna last

1999 Lyrics

‘Cuz they say two thousand zero zero party over,
Oops out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999

June 25, 1984 changed everything when Purple Rain album was released. It was nonstop playing the cassette. I remember wearing out the first cassette within 3 weeks and purchasing another one to listen to great songs like,

When Doves Cry Lyrics

How can you just leave me standing?
Alone in a world that’s so cold? (So cold)
Maybe I’m just too demanding
Maybe I’m just like my father too bold
Maybe you’re just like my mother
She’s never satisfied (She’s never satisfied)
Why do we scream at each other
This is what it sounds like
When doves cry

Darling Nikki Lyrics

I knew a girl named Nikki
I guess you could say she was a sex fiend
I met her in a hotel lobby
Masturbating with a magazine
She said how’d you like to waste some time
And I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind

Purple Rain Lyrics

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

The guitar work on Purple Rain was just out of this world. Watch Prince’s first performance of Purple Rain this is where the epic moment of the movie comes from.  I would rewind over and over to listen to the guitar solo in Purple Rain.  The controversy over the lyrics in Darling Nikki producing the parental guidance labels on albums.  Come on who didn’t love those iconic lyrics “I guess you could say she was a sex fiend” and “masturbating with a magazine.”

Sometimes people forget Prince was much more than a pop star.  I personally can’t label a genre for his work. Watch this blues video, PRINCE : Red House (PURPLE Version) with Maceo Parker it is full on blues.  Prince’s blues guitar work is mind melting.

It is raining here in Redding, CA and all I can see is purple rain.  Rest in Peace Prince Rogers Nelson.

Did Prince influence you or do you have a favorite memory of Prince?

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