BREADCRUMB, after breadcrumb, after breadcrumb, this past week.
I've noticed that even from my very first post upon hearing the [still] unbelievable news about Prince — that Third Thursday of April — I realized I was processing the news, often, in lyrics... Does not compute.
I recently joined up with an a-mazing group of Prince deep-fans on a FB closed-group. It's been a God-send. Truly.
Prince is/was complex. We know and appreciate that not everybody 'got' Prince. He is/was weird. We understand. Though we happen to Adore (see, there I go again) that in him.
So it's been really nice this week, in this world of fierce words, and verbal slamming (even from our leaders) to have forum of supporters. Fiercely protective of P. The comments are like family. I'm absolutely loving the variety of songs, concert stories, and video finds that folks are posting. Many sentiments reminding me of songs I forgot.
But I noticed something in my own processing of this news. As I'm taking my sweet time on a chronological journey of a listening-retrospect. I'm also reading Prince's lyrics.
Many for the first time.
If you're a long-time, deep fan, you know we didn't have Google, MetroLyrics, etc. You sung whatever you heard. Or in my case (sorry, Prince) on a few that word should be butchered. LRC is the worst. haha :)
So now, along with the listening, I'm also reading and understanding many of these lyrics for the very first time.
39 albums — I've had all 39 albums from Prince the musician. I'd get each albums as soon as it came out. So the collection has been building since 1999 (album, not year)
39 stories — But this past week. Beginning with “Does not Compute.” I realized, I also now have 39 new stories of his. From Prince the story-teller, philosopher, lover, and spiritual sage.
Seventy-eight collections from Prince.
The year of his first album?
GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)