Prince, arguably one of the most talented musical geniuses of all time, died suddenly today. Another legend lost this year and another artist who was part of so many memorable moments of my life.
When Purple Rain was released, I was an impressionable 12 year old–I remember going to my first big dance and when “Let’s Go Crazy” started playing, a senior named Joe took the dance floor and literally went crazy while all of us laughed and cheered, I remember being shocked when my friend Brooke and her mother were singing the lyrics of “Darling Nikki” in the car (even the masturbation part!), I remember sneaking into my first ‘naughty’ movie, “Purple Rain,” with my precocious friends, and I remember “When Doves Cry” being my favorite song that I listened to for hours and hours and hours.
Funny story, I thought Prince introduced me to a new vocabulary word, “strikerious” which I surmised to mean ‘striking and mysterious.’ As in, ‘and the most strikerious poses’ in the song, “When Doves Cry.” I kept trying to look the word up in the dictionary, and no joke, did not know until YEARS later, that it was, “animals strike curious poses.” Strikerious still remains in my lexicon and, frankly, should be a word. I also got the lyrics wrong in another iconic song, “Little Red Corvette” which was always known to me as “Lady in a Red Corvette,” again for YEARS. Embarrassing but true.
Here’s another memory that makes me smile–I watched Prince perform at Superbowl XLI with my three-month old daughter sitting on my lap. Introducing my daughter to her first Superbowl and her first halftime show, watching Prince perform “Purple Rain” in the pouring rain– how can you beat that?! I know I have video of this somewhere…
In the meantime, check out the NFL clip about Prince’s halftime show.
Prince was a quirky guy, a one of a kind, a perfectionist, a creative force to be reckoned with and a guy who liked to win–just take it from Dave Chappelle, who parodied him in his segment, “True Hollywood Stories,” in which comedian, Charlie Murphy, hilariously recounts how he and his brother, comedian, Eddie Murphy, witnessed Prince’s basketball prowess.
I was lucky, I got to see Prince in concert during his Musicology tour. You couldn’t help but just marvel at the immensity of his talent and leave feeling grateful for the opportunity to witness genius. I only wish I hadn’t taken it for granted when I passed up seeing him this year, thinking I would have ample opportunities to see him perform again.
Unfortunately for all of us, we won’t. But we were so fortunate to have his music, his talent, his genius as part of our lifetime, etched in our memories, and forever imprinted on our souls.
Prince–the most ‘strikerious’ singer, musician, poet, artist ever.
One of his memorable performances with Beyonce at the 2004 Grammy’s.
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Popcornpsych Quote of the Week
When asked if he was nervous about getting back out on tour for his new show, “Picking up the Pieces” after a long rehabilitation following a car accident that left him seriously injured, Tracy Morgan responded:
“No I never use that word nervous, I’m excited. Words take on meaning.
People who are nervous can’t wait for it to be over, I can’t wait for it to start!”
Known for the vigour in which he challenges the absurdities of the status quo in America through penetrating and often eviscerating rants about social and political issues like sex education, gun laws, and marriage equality–you could easily mistake John Oliver for a cynic. But the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight and former political comic/correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, is an optimist through and through.
In his live show, Oliver’s stories from his childhood elucidated his fortuitous path toward comedy and revealed that his optimistic outlook dated way back and was at least partly predicated on ignorance (mainly of his lack of athletic prowess). Contrary to what you would expect of a satiric Englishman in New York, Oliver has an affectionate stance toward America and Americans; voicing an appreciation for the eclectic eccentricities of American people and culture (and buildings!).
Oddly, the most poignant evidence for Oliver’s optimism were his anecdotes involving pigeons. If pigeons have the power to lifts spirits and provide comic relief in even the most dire of circumstances, then surely there is hope for all of us.
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