Thursday, May 19, 2016

4. Prince Listening-Retrospect


FINAL: Part 4 of 4 —
I posted Mon, Tues, Wed, and now wrapping up today,
the...Third Thursday in May with this share.


Just after the paradigm-shifting news of that THIRD THURSDAY IN APRIL, some of you know I began a listening retrospect of Prince’s words. All of 150,000+ of them. Without any thought, I instinctively began that lyric-gathering journey very early Saturday morning, the 23rd of April (see pg 318). Not even a full two days after... the news. 


As a deep fan, I needed his words.

In one place.

In a healing journey from Prince himself, I listened, edited, learned, laughed, reminisced, and read, read, read, and read some more. For three weeks. It was cathartic and eye-opening. And still, there are words I have no idea what they are. But I did my best to #HonorPRN best I could. By gathering ALL of his words into one place. 

He has been an immense creative inspiration to me, personally, since back when I was far too young to be listening to Prince. Then, over these past few weeks, as I got deeper into this lyrical journey, trying to process his absence, I realized I couldn't keep this. 

Other fans need his words too...  

Here they are...



P 7:1
“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)

TIP ONCE IN THE PDF: ( Search = command + F )

Prince & the Evolution: Prelude to the release

Prelude to the release

Not a woman. Not a man. 
Something that you'll never 
understand... will die 4 U.
(P 6:7)

A mystery. An inspiration. An immense, complex, varied, constantly-evolving and changing talent. 

The Artist. 

Prince.

That is certainly reflected in the work he left behind. Covering over four decades. With, presumably still more to come. And in each of those decades, his work reflecting the issues from personal, national, to global. From Reagan & Russia ('81) to Gray & Baltimore ('15).

What I've seen in fan groups since the news — the particular one I'm in has been a God-send — is that they reaffirm his reach and intense personal connection through their (our) individual “Prince” profile pics and cover photos. Like a little global digital Purple Army. There was no one era, photo, song or way to neatly wrap up Prince. He was the flamboyant, dramatic version, perhaps, of each of us.

And in the individual-ness of what each person resonates with about him, one person's photo is Prince from the '70s Dirty Mind era, and another is a CGI inspiration of techno-clouds from 2015's Art Official Age.

Some people have gravitated to tributes by other artists.

I needed his words. 

Maybe he is his something we'll never understand. 

But over this process of grieving — today marks four weeks, since that THIRD THURSDAY IN APRIL — this kindness, humor, and purple passion among his fans has really created an unprecedented online space. And I mean no disrespect to the souls taken on 9/11 but it reminds me of the kindness we all experienced, in this country... on 9/12.

In these Prince online fan group conversations you often can't tell eachothers' race, religion, political affiliation (thankfully), economic status, background, location, history, personality, or even gender (aside, sometimes, from names). 

Proving... that we can all get along (P 30:8)

As it should be.


So, in that light, given each of our personal connections to Prince, I've completely kept ‘me’ out of this. So it's bare bones. Just about his words. Plus a button for folks to donate to a cause dear to Prince: music education. There's a link on each page to #HonorPRN 

I found his words reassuring, or new, or inspiring and informative. Now, my hope is that he not only live on through his vast collection of music, but may these words of his — clarified here — also shed a light on the depth of his thinking as well. 

A “fan,” in my thinking, could mean someone who knows his whole collection, or just one or two songs. Or maybe you are new to Prince, completely. Regardless, simply “respecting The Artist” equals “fan” to me.

If you are a deep fan like me, you already know all his work as songs to groove to. Era by era. But, as expected, reading his words while listening to this immense breadth of work... just made me love and miss him even more. I still can't believe it

If you are a breathing human being in this country, I bet you have heard of Purple Rain.

And maybe the 1-2 sexy songs/words the media like to focus on (hey, those are a part of his collection). Just like the backless yellow pants he wore on Arsenio were... a part of Prince’s wardrobe.


But perhaps you may not know...
that the song on the other side, the B-side, of 'Purple Rain' is: 'God'

Take a look to see what else may be new to you.

I hope today's file let's you see the Prince beyond the Purple Rain.

THIRD THURSDAY IN APRIL







GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“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)




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

3. Prince Listening-Retrospect: “Observations”

Part 3 of 4 — Posting Mon, Tues, Wed, with a special share on Thursday
(which will be the... Third Thursday in May)


Three weeks of listening.
Soon, will be releasing a caged dove.
But first... observations.



D&P etching I did, Chicago 1992
Just after the paradigm-shifting news of that THIRD THURSDAY IN APRIL, some of you know I began a listening retrospect of Prince’s words. All of them. “319” pages-worth, to be exact. Without any thought, I instinctively began the journey very early Saturday morning, the 23rd of April. Not even a full two days after... that Thursday. 



I needed his words. 

The reading of his words was amazing to me. All 150,000+ of them. Cathartic. And made me love him even more. 


During that journey, which is now full circle and completed, I've had some observations: 

  1. I've realized just how horribly I'd butchered so many of his lyrics over the years (and apparently in my research, a lot of others did too!) and in what I compiled I can assure you there are typos and incorrect words, incorrect interpretations. Perfection was not my goal. Listening to his words was.
  2. If you've never actually read his words, they are as cathartic as I'd hoped they'd be. He said in one of many interviews I've consumed over these past weeks (I think it was Arsenio?), that if he weren't Prince, the musician, what would he have been? He replied, “a teacher.” I'd like to confirm that he continues to teach through his words. His music.

  3. Why the “Third Thursday in April?” Prince had often said there's no such thing as time. And I don't like the idea of an “end date” to this brilliant soul, either. Plus, personally, it was in fact, THE DAY OF THE WEEK which was more impactful to me than the DATE. And that is always when I will honor it. Think about it: We would then have the next full day, Friday to connect with others. We'd have a weekend to take in this impossible news in our own unique way. Then a full week — in a precious month — filled with Prince connections, sharing interviews, images, tears, laughs, videos of his pranks, collections, lyrics, songs, and stories. Just REALLY good for the soul. And then it rained. And rained. And rained. And still rains. I can't believe he's gone. Still does not compute. 
But about his many, many, many, many, many, words... 

And, as you know, there’s even still more where these came from. But for what I needed, in my journey of processing the still-to-this-day-unbelieveable loss of my long-time creative inspiration, I chose to focus exclusively on the 39 released albums. And there's still some words, I have no idea what he's saying. God love him. And speaking of which, the one exception to the 39-album focus is: one special B-Side to his most popular song.

So, yeh, you probably know Prince sang about sex and God, and did a fine job, actually, on both subjects. Oh, and his 16+ instrumentals aren't too shabby either. 

But did you know that all of these (below) made it into lyrics too? His words? Our modern day Shakespeare who could shred a guitar? 

You will soon...


GOVERNMENT / SOCIAL / WAR
  • ABSCAM — this is the first term that made me begin looking up any ones I needed more reference for, or just wanted to list it for future generations. His songs are like a history book. 
  • Ronnie (Reagan)
  • AIDS
  • Star Wars
  • The Million Man March
  • NATO
  • 13th Amendment
  • Wounded Knee
  • Malcolm X
  • Mr. Charlie 
  • A Golden Parachute
  • Martin's “I Have A Dream”
  • Coretta Scott King
  • “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” 
  • Green Card
  • Bailout 
  • Power to the People
  • Saddam
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Michael Brown: Ferguson, MO, 2014
  • Freddie Gray: Baltimore, MD, 2015
  • Isis Shooting in L.A. 2015
  • 5th... Amendment
  • Baltimore riot, 2015
VIOLENCE / GUNS
  • Gat 
  • Unabomber
  • Tech-Nine
  • Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow
  • Smith & Wessons
MUSIC / DANCE
  • Leslie (guitar)
  • Fuzz Tone Remote Control (guitar)
  • “In The Upper Room” Mahalia Jackson
  • “Precious” By Chanté 
  • “Ol’ Man River,” Paul Robeson 1927
  • “The Symphony No. 3” by Gustav Mahler
  • W.C. Handy
  • Henry Mancini 
  • Life/Dream — Row, Row, Row Your Boat, 
  • John Hammond 
  • Doug E. Fresh 
  • Earth Wind & Fire
  • James Brown 
  • Sly & The Family Stone
  • Dr. Dre
  • Missy
  • “You’re So Vain” Carly Simon
  • “Europa” Santana
  • Hollow Body 12-String Marshall 
  • Chuck D.
  • Mary J & Chaka, Sweet Thing
  • Muzak 
  • Common
  • “Industry Just A Better Built Cell Block” Mos Def
  • “Why Buy You If He Can Just Lease U” Meek Mill 
  • Támar 
  • 33 rpms 
  • “A Song For You” Donny Hathaway
  • M.I.A.
  • Michael Bland
  • John Blackwell Jr.
  • The Bus Stop, dance
  • “Way Back Home”
  • Rita Ora
  • Sade & Babyface
  • “What If” Nichole Nordeman 
  • Richie Havens
  • Woodstock
  • Eryn Allen Kane
  • Dido
  • Ray Charles 
  • Stevie Wonder
POP CULTURE
  • Know Bo
  • Bet Your Life
  • Aol
  • Liz & Dick
  • Ke-Mo Sah-Bee
  • 1990S “Got Milk?” Mustache Ads 
  • Y2K
  • Bet Your Life, Groucho Marx
  • Gimme a Page On My Two-Way
  • Parental Advisory
  • Love Jones (1997) 
  • Weakest Link 
  • Doo-Rag
  • Floss 
  • Kurt Loder, Mtv News
  • The Green Mile 
  • Frank & Ava
  • Chocolat 
  • Zuzu’s Petals, It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Juicy Juice 
  • Saving Face
  • 9½ Weeks 
  • Like Water For Chocolate (1992) 
  • Box-O-Chocolates 
  • Ultra Lash 
  • Ugly Betty 
  • Star Wars’ Yoda
  • Shade Throwers — 2013
  • Put Your Phone Down
  • Upper Echelon 
  • Silly Rabbit
  • Idol
  • X-Factor
RELIGION / SPIRITUAL
  • Pope  
  • Cain 
  • Yalda
  • Crossing Of The Red Sea
  • Proverbs 31:10
  • Milk And Honey
  • Theocratic 
  • Love . That It Just Is. And Never Yearns. 1 Corinthians
  • Pearls B4 The Swine 
  • Prayers: Greek Orthodox, Jew, and Islam
  • Babylon
  • Judas Iscariot 
  • The Battle Of Jericho
  • Hour Of Power
  • Blood On Calvary
  • Moses 
  • Crag Job 39:28
  • 100 Days Of Prayer 
  • David & Saul
  • Fall of The Philistines
  • Lion Of Judah, Revelation 5:5
HISTORY / PEOPLE
  • Sheba
  • Whosepapers 
  • Violet Brown
  • Jack Hazard and his Fortunes 1872
  • Dutch Elm Disease
  • L. Londell McMillan, his lawyer (wassup w/ the will, dude??)
  • BCE— As an Abbreviation for “Before The Common (Or Current) Era (Same Dates As “Before Christ” “B.C.”
  • Carthage & Rome
  • Nefertiti 
LOCATIONS
  • Galpin (Street Of His Purple House?)
  • Calhoun Square
  • Piccadilly Square, Might Actually Be “Circus”
  • The Egg
  • Palazzo 
  • Lavaux
  • Vevey
  • Faces Of Mount Rushmore
HEALTH / SCIENCE
  • Serotonin
  • Goldenseal and Licorice
  • Elixir 
  • Olive oil in my hair
  • Electromagnetism
  • Chakra Transfer
  • REM, sleep
  • Full moon in June
DRINKS
  • Ripple
  • Remy
  • Blunt
  • Vodka & 7
  • Alizé 
  • Red Bull & Patrón
  • Limoncello
SPORTS
  • Kirby Puckett 
  • Bo Jackson
  • Ali’s Jab 
  • Michael Jordan Dunk
  • TKO 
  • Serena’s serve 
WRITERS
  • Dorothy Parker, American Poet/Writer
  • “The Table And The Chair” Children’s Poem by Edward Lear
  • Nellallitea Larsen, Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Brushed Their Hair 100 Strokes, Jane Austin 
  • Beg, Steal, Or Borrow, Chaucer
SOCIAL
  • Chazz’s Bar 
  • Nell’s 
  • Crazy Horse Showgirl
FASHION / COLOGNE
  • Lagerfeld Blazers 1990s
  • Paco Rabanne
  • Apache Scarf
LANGUAGES
  • Te Amo Corazón 
  • French, Spanish, Norwegian
PHARMA
  • Brand New Pill It Feels Like Sex, 1996 Release Of Viagra

See you back here tomorrow...



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“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)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2. Prince Listening-Retrospect: "The Index"

Part 2 of 4 — Posting Mon, Tues, Wed, with a special share on Thursday


Three weeks of listening. And reading.
490 or so songs + hidden tracks. Every word.
This is the index...





Just after the paradigm-shifting news of that THIRD THURSDAY IN APRIL, some of you know I began a listening retrospect of Prince’s words. All of them. Over 150,000 words, to be exact. Without any thought, I instinctively began the journey very early Saturday morning, the 23rd. Not even a full two days after... that Thursday. 



I needed his words. 

The reading of his words was amazing. Cathartic. And made me love him even more. 


It now is completed. 

For deep fans, you'll note the sweet serendipity of the page number at the bottom...  (P 17:12). 

Yep... PAGE NUMBER. 


GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“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)

Monday, May 16, 2016

1. Prince Listening-Retrospect: "Completed"


Copper likes Prince, too
Copper likes Prince, too
Part 1 of 4 — Posting Mon, Tues, Wed, with a special share on Thursday

Three weeks. All thirty-nine albums. Every word. 

Just after the paradigm-shifting news of that THIRD THURSDAY IN APRIL, some of you know I began a listening retrospect of Prince’s words. All of them. Over 150,000 words, to be exact. Without any thought, 
I instinctively began the journey very early Saturday morning, the 23rd. Not even a full two days after... that Thursday. 

I needed his words

No reports. No tributes. No special magazines. 

Just his words. His music.


After this it’s all downloads
This process has been a very cathartic, three-week labor of love for me. Very eye-opening. Very healing. Which is exactly, what I'd hoped for. Like a indulgent Woodstock of just Prince. And in fact that’s mentioned in his (P 38:11)*

After completing this immense project, I realized I can’t keep it. This week, there will be a time to share (P 14:15)* and soon... baby you'll understand (P 9:6)* 

What a prophetic Prince. I cannot even express the impact he’s had on me as a deep fan for nearly four decades. But, as deep (or deep end if you ask some) as he ever got, I really adore the simple summation of it all, below, using his very own book-ending words:
1.  Words from his first, very short, song (a sweet, aspirational tone) 
“All of this and more is for you, with love, sincerity and deepest care, my life with you I share”
2.  Last two words from his last song (a smile, funky, upbeat tone) 
“That’s it.”
Wow... still just taking it all in. Still does not... 



* to peel away preconceived notions of ‘already knowing a song,’ I've been referring to his lyrics as (ALBUM# : SONG#). Check back on the third Thursday in... May. 




GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“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)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A better world, a better life


19:33

Prince album 19, song 33 (MY COMPUTER, 1996) 

Some of y'all know I've been doing a listening-retrospect of both: reading LYRICS + LISTENING over this past week or so. As I was READING these lyrics... well, take a look. 
And in my READING P's songs now, they are like brand new 'stories,' you know? So, MUCH more than just the 39 Albums, we truly DO have... "78, For You.

“Welcome, you’ve got mail”
(Computer)
It was Sunday night, instead of doing what I usually do, I

I scan my computer looking for a site
Somebody to talk to, funny and bright
I scan my computer looking for a site
Make believe it’s a better world, a better life

Nothing on TV I ain’t seen before
Another murder on the news, I can’t take no more
Evil incorporated, blowing up bombs and thangs
I have a child, huh, I have a lot to explain
I could write a letter but who would I send it to?
It was Sunday night, instead of doing what I usually do, I

I scan my computer looking for a site
Somebody to talk to, funny and bright
I scan my computer looking for a site
Make believe it’s a better world, a better life

I called an old friend of mine just the other day
No congratulations, no respect paid
All she did was wonder if the rumors were true
I said, “No, I ain’t dead yet but, uh, what about you?”
I can count my friends with a peace sign, one, two
It was Sunday night, instead of doing what I usually do, I

I scan my computer looking for a site
Somebody to talk to, funny and bright
I scan my computer looking for a site
Make believe it’s a better world, a better life
(A better life)
I got no mail, my computer

I told them I don’t wanna see a doctor unless he’s lonely too
Every Sunday night, instead of doing what I usually do, I

I scan my computer looking for a site
Somebody to talk to, funny and bright
I scan my computer looking for a site
Make believe it’s a better world
(Make believe it’s a better world)

A better life
A better life
A better life

Goodbye




GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“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)


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