April 21st, 2016

Honoring Prince in Our Own Way

I have a scheduled post with our weekend events posting in a few hours. I honestly cannot remember what they are at this moment. I can barely type as my hands are shaking. I thought David Bowie's passing was a cultural shock; but now Prince?! PRINCE?! Someone form a protective circle around John Taylor of Duran Duran for the rest of the year please.

As with David Bowie, Prince has a major impact on my life. His lyrics profoundly affected me from '78 thru high school in '87. And no, not just the sexual aspects, though I'd label a lot of them sensual. Though um, yeah, there's some straight up explicit songs. Who else but Prince could have a song G-Spot? In many of his songs there was an undercurrent of spirituality that could speak to you, if you listened, no matter your individual beliefs. Messages of positivity, being yourself, all people are the same no matter their race/sex/nationality, and there's no shame in enjoying yourself.

In addition to our previously scheduled weekend events, let's have PURPLE to honor Prince. Ads that include any shade of purple in any way. Also, of course, any Prince ads. You can also post, anything----meaning no ad required----about Prince now thru Sunday.

Honoring Prince starts now, not tomorrow.

"Don't need no segregation, don't need no race." "No child is bad from the beginning, they only imitate their atmosphere." From Sexuality, which I couldn't embed, as I don't know Chinese, but you can watch the original video here.

He was inducted in the Rock Hall in 2004. Prior to this, there was a list of the 100 greatest guitarist in Rolling Stone and he wasn't on it. Nice FU by him here and he didn't overpower the song and George Harrison always wanted guitar solos in Beatle songs. George's son was thoroughly enjoying it.

I do not have a guitar, but I am weeping. I wish u heaven Prince. Rest in Purple.


I was shocked to hear that Prince passed away today. I was not a fan of his music, but still...gee! What a bummer.

The only thing I could think of is this charming Stan Freberg commercial that, of course, is goofy yet surprisingly simply made. There are some neat stories in the comment about how this ad received a C&D but Stan managed to turn things around.

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I don't have a TV, I'm not really reading anything online about Prince---I mean the headline was enough--but I did go thru twitter images. Doesn't matter how he passed, finding the reason why will not bring him back. Only the family should be privileged to know that and of course they need to have that answered. He's returned to the purple planet in a galaxy far far away, where it rains purple, the snow is glitter, and the flowers are diamonds and pearls.



I don't think I can take much more roughness.


No matter your religious beliefs (or lack of), I love this.


There's always a rainbow at the end of every rain. As one appeared over Paisley Park today. In this case, I think it should be: There's always a rainbow at the end of every reign.


ETA: The Google Doodle tribute is simple, yet I think very touching. link here