A Legend Lost: Indelible Prince 

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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.

Size Doesn’t Matter!

Amy Schumer and JLaw rebel against warped media standards on what is a “normal” size and what is “plus-size” and whether size should even be part of the conversation.

“Evaluate women not on their weight, but on the weight of their work. Size doesn’t matter!”

Lillian Nejad, clinical psychologist

Check out full article by SUSANNAH GUTHRIE Editor, Sunday Best using link below.

Source: Amy Schumer: don’t call me ‘plus-size’ | The New Daily

Loving Vincent: First Fully Painted Film

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Van Gogh documentary will bring over 120 of his paintings to life. The film, Frida, about Frida Kahlo starring Salma Hayek, also cleverly incorporated animated paintings in the telling of her story. Loving Vincent is the first film that is entirely painted.

Click here for trailer and full story

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – The Godfather In Concert

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Already delighting audiences of all ages with their live performances of the score during films Babe, Star Trek and Back to the Future, the MSO are poised for their 2016 performances of The Godfather in March and April.

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Source: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – The Godfather In Concert
by Lillian Nejad, PhD

 

Support Crowdfunding Project: “Why My Mummy”

Featured on “The Project“, Juanita Childs, a woman with terminal cancer, spoke about her struggle to talk about her illness with her son. She has written a book from the perspective of her 9 year-old son, Kai, to help others who are experiencing the same struggle.  Support the publishing of this book through donations on the following link:

Source: Let’s publish ‘Why My Mummy?’ by Juanita Childs