It was such an awkward moment, don’t you agree? We were watching the national most popular talk show, when just half a minute into the introduction the host learned through his ear piece that Prince, aka The Artist Formally Known As Prince, aka TAFKAP, aka The Artist, aka The Sign, aka Prince, had died. And host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk didn’t know what to say. And ruined his show.
It got even worse when some twenty something musician was asked about his favorite Prince song. The guy had to confess he didn’t know his music. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
That reminded me of something important. I have to educate my kids in old school music. When Michael Jackson died and radios replayed his songs, Junior turned into a fresh fan. Luckily for us, MJ had a apt business sense. And you can find all of his albums on Spotify. So we played and replayed his songs, with Billy Jean and Smooth Criminal as Junior’s favorite. Mines are Man in the Mirror and She’s out of my Life, if you want to know.
Prince on the other hand, was a true artist who didn’t want to sell his musical soul to the online industry. That’s all nice and sweet, but how am I going to educate my kids now? His cds I listened to were my boyfriends, or the mix tapes that had his songs can’t be played anymore since I got rid of that old tape recorder. Got any ideas?
Anyway. If we were having coffee, I would ask you what your favorite Prince songs are. Because I can’t choose. Now, I really hate that I don’t have the Diamond and Pearls album anymore that I used to have, and can listen to the songs I liked that weren’t made a single. Same goes for the Purple Rain album, which basically was the musical score for the time with my first boyfriend.
Oh, you will have me choose? Really? Okay. Here it is.
O wait. Maybe Let’s Go Crazy. Or maybe I Would Die For You. Or I Wanna Be Your Lover. Or….I can go on an on. It’s that magical music that has great artist cover him so happily. It’s that insanely unique voice with that distinct falsetto.
And after exchanging and singing Prince songs together, I would ask you who could be the Prince of the next generation. Let me sit back and take a sip of my coffee, because I don’t have a clue.
So tell me, what is your favorite Prince song? And who will be the next generation’s Prince?
xoxo – Irene