Like so many others, I was saddened to hear about the passing of music icon and Minnesota native, Prince. I grew up listening to his music. I still remember when he broke on the national scene with Little Red Corvette and 1999 over 30 years ago. I was in Junior High when Purple Rain was released. I was too young to watch the movie (although I’m finally in the midst of watching it now all these years later), but I sure did get to know the music. The uniqueness of When Doves Cry still impacts me today. It didn’t sound like anything else I heard on the radio those days.
During the Christmas season, I worked part-time at a department store as an early morning merchandiser. With no one in the store, there was little ambient noise to drown out the music playing over the store’s speakers. One of the songs on regular rotation was Raspberry Beret. Hearing that one on a semi-regular basis for a few weeks reminded me of what a creative artist Prince was. As my musical tastes have evolved over the years, I find that I appreciate his music even more now.
Now, that’s not to say I was a fan of all his music. I will never forget the time I was playing songs “randomly” on iTunes while playing cards with some friends, with the songs being selected from my entire library. All of the sudden, this really funky song comes on and we are greeted with the words (sung in a really soulful manner), “Sexy motherf*cker…” over and over. Yes, it was a Prince song. Many of his lyrics were highly sexualized, some of which describing what I personally deem as negative behaviors and thought patterns. Some of Prince’s songs made me uncomfortable, and not in the good, challenging way… in the “I don’t need this imagery in my head” way.
Regardless, there is no denying the man’s immense talent. Like others, I deem his performance at the Super Bowl halftime show a few years back as the best I’ve ever seen. His voice… man… his falsetto was amazing. And the dude could play just about any instrument he wanted. So incredibly talented. So uniquely creative. He is already missed.
It’s my pleasure to present this week’s TS10 playlist in honor of the iconic Prince. Enjoy with paisley and purple in your heart…