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It’s Been 2 Years, Since You Left Us, And Still…Nothing Compares 2 U, Prince

21 Apr

Wearing my Prince t-shirt today, and listening to The Current app (get it!) that a friend shared with me. It’s a Minneapolis NPR music station,and inside the app, there is a station called The Purple Current, which explores the musical universe of Prince. Today they are playing all Prince for a straight 24-hours, in remembrance of the 2nd anniversary of his passing.

Still missed by millions around the world, perhaps we all can take a pause and pay our respects, in a way that feels right to each one of us. If you’re looking for suggestions:

 

Download The Current app, and click on The Purple Current station:

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2018/01/21/download-the-current-app

 

 

Wear something purple <3

 

Read my tribute to Prince, first posted at the time of his passing:

Nothing Compares 2 Prince

 

Watch this beautiful video of never before seen rehearsal footage from 1984 which just surfaced yesterday of Prince’s first recording of Nothing Compares 2 U. Something so special about seeing an artist in their early days. Of course, Prince already shines his otherworldly brightness and genius here:

 

 

 

 

Finally, just go dance your royal Purple ass off today. The Purple Highness would surely appreciate it. <3

 

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SOURCE:

www.youtube.com, Prince, Nothing Compares 2 U

2016: The Year In Review. 2017: You Have To Do Better

31 Dec

Philando Castile Alton Sterling Umbrella
Philando Castile, Alton Sterling Mourning Umbrella

Philando Castile, Alton Sterling Mourning Umbrella for Providence, RI Memorial March

You know. I don’t even have to say it. 2016’s posts pretty much say it all, and this isn’t the half of it.  Thanks for following along throughout the year.

In January, I was barely done pondering how my father shaped my views on race relations, when the 2016 celebrity death avalanche started out, shooting an arrow to the heart with the loss of David Bowie.

In February we lost the great Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire, and Prince’s muse, Vanity 6’s, Denise Matthews.  We didn’t know then, what was to befall our Godly Prince.  In between those losses, I thought about how integration plays out in our day-to-day lives, noting that while we may have more diverse work settings than in the past, we still pretty much all live, and spend most of our time, apart from one another.

I got to highlight the first play written by friend, poet, Christopher Johnson: Invisible Upsouth that showed at the Wilbury Theater in Providence in March.

In April…in April..our hearts cried..Our Prince left our earthly presence and went up to make music with David, Maurice and Denise.

In May and June I became quiet on the blog, and in July I shared why, after a month of yet another, and another killing of Black men by police officers. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile lives were taken, July 5th and 6th.

Then I got quiet again.

In October I recalled a conversation with a friend, an anti-racism activist, who questioned my willingness to truly stand up against racism, all while standing in line for gourmet donuts.Later in the month I got to revisit Trinity Repertory Company’s Every 28 Hours plays, and their new Community Response plays, noting the sad state of the plays’ continued relevance this year.

And, just when I was hopeful for our future after hearing about the dynamic work of local community activists, and arts activism programming by youth from AS220Youth, at the AS220 FutureWorlds panel, I, along with much of the country, were devastated by the election of the new President, and what that will mean for Black people, women, and the Muslim, immigrant, LGBTQ communities. I channeled the memory of my mother, and she channeled Kendrick Lamar to let me know, with resistance, fighting the wrong, and love, we gonna be alright.

First setback after the election: the mistrial of the police officer who killed Walter Scott.  It was caught on video. And the judge called a mistrial. It’s December–and still you wonder why Black people don’t believe their lives are valued. As I stepped away from my writing desk this year to learn how to be an activist, I gave a tip of the hat to all those that came before me, and those currently working day and night to fight racism. On the cusp of 2017, I vow, like many of my friends, to stay vigilant, to stand up for what is right, to fight hate, and work for positive change. I vow to love. Sending love and light to all of you, and many thanks for all the love you’ve shown me this year. <3

 

 

 

 

Nothing Compares 2 Prince

29 Apr

Prince

PrinceNaked on a white Pegasus horse with Afrosheen relaxed hair, or maybe, press and curl. Mouth rimmed with feathery moustache befitting a new prince.

He played every instrument. Every instrument.  Wrote every song. Recorded and produced the entire album.  I had never heard of such a thing.  I was 17. Prince was 21. This was not my crushing on Off The Wall Michael Jackson.  This was a bit dangerous. Like how […]

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Vanity 6, featuring Denise Matthews – Nasty Girl

21 Feb

Denise Matthews

Denise Matthews

A lot of us who were dancing in clubs in the 80’s can probably picture themselves moving to, or mouthing the words to, Vanity 6’s hit, Nasty Girl.  And, I saw on social media that hearing of the lead singer Vanity’s passing this week at the age of 57 due to kidney ailments, saddened many all over the world.

Vanity actually renounced her stage name and returned to her born name, Denise Matthews, in the late 1990’s. She had found God following an overdose on cocaine, and became an evangelist who spoke all over the country about her transformation.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Denise started […]

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Prince – Breakfast Can Wait

13 Oct

 

A huge Prince fan since his early beginnings, I was thrilled to hear about his latest song and music video, Breakfast Can Wait.

It’s vintage Prince R&B, soul, funk blended vibe, and the sexy lyrics and video make me wonder if his Royal Purpleness is loosening up on his Jehovah Witness faith’s view on lustful expression.

 

You might want to watch this before the pancakes go on the griddle.

SOURCE:  www.youtube.com, Prince, Breakfast Can Wait, posted by Vevo

photo credit:  www.purevioletfree.fr

 

Wendy Jane’s Weekend Sounds: Prince + Added Bonus: What’s In Prince’s Fridge?

21 Jul

In difficult times we look for the truth.  It’s been a hard week, with losses universal and personal.

To me, and I know, so many others, Prince is the truth.  He is a master musician who writes songs that speak to all the thirsty parts of us that seek wisdom, love, acknowledgement, and, yes, sensuality.

During times like this, we also seek comfort, and I was delighted to receive the link from my friend Stephanie to Heavy Table’s (a Minneapolis based blog on food culture) inaugural article of the series, What’s In Your Fridge?  The series looks inside celebrities’ refrigerators at one given moment, and Prince was the first to be featured.

Here’s the link: http://heavytable.com/whats-in-princes-fridge/

See what comfort food Prince likes to keep on hand, and what he says about it.  Then let me know what your throwback comfort food is.  A few of mine are Milky Way bars, hot tamales candy, and I know this probably sounds gross, but my Dad shared this with me–spaghetti with butter and ketchup and black pepper.  That one does it every time; instant childhood comfort.  I hope you all are finding comfort this weekend in whatever form suits you.

SOURCES:  www.heavytable.com  Illustration by Andy Sturdevant

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Happy Yesterday Birthday, Prince!

8 Jun

Ah, Prince!  He commands our complete attention, and packs so much talent into such a tiny, compact, dancing machine frame.  I’ve loved him since I bought his first, self-titled album, in 1979–you know, the one with him naked, his hair long and pressed, riding a white pegasus horse.  Everyone was all abuzz about this new guy who wrote, sang, and played every instrument on his own album.

I’ve danced throughout the decades to I Wanna Be Your Lover, Controversy, Pop Life, 1999, Raspberry Beret, and Musicology.

 

Happy Yesterday Birthday, Prince.  You are a musical genius!  Here is my early favorite, I Wanna Be Your Lover:  […]