I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Artist Still Known as Awesome in my posts this month. Seriously, I have more Prince on my iPod right now than any other artist. I absolutely LOVE him. From early Prince, to Purple Rain, to the flig-a-lie-flag-a-lie (yep, I said it), to Prince again – I’ve been hooked. Hell – I even like BatDance.
Prince is this crazy-smart, inherently sexual, amazingly talented guy. He has had some phenomenally powerful songs: Thieves in the Temple, Sign o’ the Times, 7. He’s had fantastically dirty songs; songs that border on pornographic: Let’s Pretend We’re Married, Gett Off, Sexuality, Erotic City, Sexy MF.
But my favorite Prince is Purple Rain. The only album like it that he ever made. Plus, the movie… wow. The acting was terrible, the storyline was strange. But the music rocked. Screaming guitars and interesting beats; powerful lyrics and storytelling sound. It was, and remains, one of the best soundtracks ever made. It even won an Oscar.
I had a whole plethora of songs to choose from, but ended up with Purple Rain. No, it isn’t my favorite off the album (that would be Computer Blue or Let’s Go Crazy). Why Purple Rain? It speaks to my heart:
“I never meant to cause you any sorrow.
I never meant to cause you any pain.”
“I don’t want to be your weekend lover.
I only want to be some kind of friend.”
“Honey I know, I know times are changing.
It’s time we all reach out for something new;
That means you, too.”
This song reaches out from my very soul and speaks through the haunting melody and well placed lyrics about love and pain and desire and trust and friendship and abandonment. It speaks the truth.
I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain.