Sunday, April 24th open thread: ‘When Doves Cry’
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The music world lost a man who can only be described as a legend and an icon when Prince passed away suddenly earlier this week. Whether you are a Prince fan or not you have to respect and admire the talent this man had. His music transcended all genres–from pop to rock to funk to soul and on and on…
You may be surprised to learn that I am a Prince fan but I have to admit I had to be dragged into it before I finally appreciated his music. When my beautiful wife and I first started dating I had a one track mind when it came to music. Back in the ‘8o’s I was into heavy metal and heavy metal only but my wife was, and still is, a huge Prince fan.
Being the wonderful boyfriend I was 🙂 I took Lauri to see Prince back in the day even though I did not like him at that time. I did not appreciate what I saw on stage that night because I was close-minded in regards to music. However over the years my tastes expanded and I began to understand what Lauri always saw in Prince. Several years ago now we went to see Prince again and he blew us both away. He put on one of the best shows I have ever seen live–it ranks right up there with The Cure, Radiohead, and Muse (Lauri would add the B-52s to that list) as one of the best shows I have ever been to. I can only imagine what Lauri thought of that show…
Prince’s music is so diverse that it cannot be covered in one video alone so I will start with what is probably my favorite Prince song, “When Doves Cry.” This version transitions into “Little Red Corvette.” (Prince’s dancing can get a little erotic so if you are offended by this you might not want to watch this video.)
In that video Prince showed off a little bit of his piano playing and dancing ability and these next two videos he shows off his guitar chops: The first is a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and the second is a mega-band version of “While My Guitar Slowly Weeps.” You will have to wait until the 3:30 to see Prince, he seems to be hiding on the side of the stage until he goes into his solo but it is worth the wait.
Now let’s get funky! Prince became a Christian and he shares his Faith a little bit in the lyrics of this catchy number.
The doves are crying, RIP Prince.