Friday, August 13, 2004

Give Prince a Chance

I'll be honest with you, back in my high school days in the 80's I was not a Prince fan. I was so caught up in some of my "non-conformist" punk rock leanings, I wouldn't even give him a chance. I think I might have been a bit frightened off by his unbridled sexuality. Hell, I was listening to "Lady Cab Driver" in the car by myself today -- and I still got a bit red in the face! I had a chance to see Prince live a few weeks ago for $12.50 and I jumped at the chance just because I knew he'd put on a good show. Which is a understatement -- he put on a great show! Amazing guitar solo's, unbelievable funk arrangements with extended songs, shortened versions, and an acoustic set. I'm now catching up on the old Prince stuff, and for white boy that enjoys deep funk -- I can't believe what I missed out on. I'm also disppointed because, it's exactly his unwillingness to compromise and his willingness to knock down boundries that I should have embraced.
If you're too young to have gotten into Prince, or if you haven't listened to Prince in awhile, I say give Prince a chance! His new record, Musicology is very good. See www.npgmusicclub.com for info on Prince's latest.

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