Nothing Compares 2 Prince

29 Apr

PrinceNaked on a white Pegasus horse with Afrosheen relaxed hair, or maybe, press and curl. Mouth rimmed with feathery moustache befitting a new prince.

He played every instrument. Every instrument.  Wrote every song. Recorded and produced the entire album.  I had never heard of such a thing.  I was 17. Prince was 21. This was not my crushing on Off The Wall Michael Jackson.  This was a bit dangerous. Like how my Mom wasn’t allowed to buy Elvis records when she was a teenager.

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo ( I counted) …I wanna be your lover

My punk rock college roommate who held polite disdain for my r & b music taste approved when she put her ear to the guitar riffs on Bambi.  So sensual, so sensual, so sensual in that little high-heeled,  jump-suited body of his.  People, they talked about what he had in him.  Was he black, bi-racial, feminine, masculine? Miles Davis said Prince had 4 things in him: James Brown, Jimmy Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, and his stage concept was Charlie Chaplin. How can you miss with that, Miles said?

At the Hong Kong in Harvard Square with my best friend Marci. Displaying MIT-worthy engineering skills. Connecting eight straws together to siphon scorpion bowls from neighboring tables filled with real Ivy Leaguers. Taking a pause for the cause to dance to Pop Lifewhat’s the matter with your life?everyone can’t be on top

Wendy and Lisa and The Revolution seemed dangerous too.  Big 80’s hair, brocade, garters, and ruffles.  And I knew our Prince loved women.  And because of Wendy and Lisa and all the other virtuosas who followed, I knew Prince really, really loved women.

He purple rained (tip of the hat to poet Christopher Johnson for teaching me how to make non-verbs into verbs) He purple rained Apollonia, and all of us.  And he’s not someone who transcended race one person said. Don’t say that, they said. Prince was unapologetically black.  Black, black, blackity, black, black.

A guitar player, like Jimmy, remember how Miles said that? And that van driver emulated you 3 days after you passed while stopped at a red light in the East Village..belting out Purple Rain with windows rolled down.  Me yelling…Yes, Prince! My teenage daughters telling me to STOP, MOM! But it’s Prince. You can’t stop Prince. You can’t stop a prince who is the truth.  You can’t stop a prince who is who he is. My girls agreed,  but said you’re not Prince, so you must stop.

A prince who owned his own music.  A prince with a tiny frame whose feet I virtually kneeled at when luck had me sitting in the 3rd row of his Musicology concert in Oklahoma City.  Me in awe of how such a small man commanded the crowd of over 10,000. All of us in the palm of his hand. Call My Name. Singing I Would Die 4 U and meaning it, and singing Nothing Compares 2 U and meaning it. No longer Dirty Mind. Prince, you were the only Jehovah Witness I’d open the door for.

And yet we didn’t know how big a heart our prince had.  Giving money anonymously to the family of a black boy who was senselessly killed, justice not served. Giving much to many more. Not showing off. And now you are gone from us, and in my heart, is a hole because it’s much too soon for you to go. You had hundreds of songs that we never got to hear, and hundreds more in your brain and your soul to still create.

Thank you for letting me be a witness to your journey. I miss u.  We miss u.   U were the ultimate Beautiful One.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

www.youtube.com, Prince, The Beautiful Ones, posted by RandomNest

2 Responses to “Nothing Compares 2 Prince”

  1. Sherry Gordon April 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hi, there, Wendy Jane, my so, so very For Always dearly precious and dearly special sister and friend who you are For Always so, so very much!!!!!! Sister, wow, wow, wow, and wow and wow and a zillion wows here!!!!!!! You have composed with such brilliantly masterful composition in the written word an absolutely amazing and beautiful tribute here to our late Prince, Wendy Jane!!!!!! Sisterfriend, this is just awesome here, so, so very superbly super, and just so, so very awesome, and such a job very well done here, my friend!!!!!! Yay!!!!!! Yay for you, Wendy Jane!!!!!! Yay for this astounding blog post article of yours, sister, which is such a fine tribute to our late Prince, sister!!!!!! Yay!!!!!! Wendy Jane, you’re For Always for certain my and our so, so very right on white sisterfriend, and such a so, so very right on white woman, sister!!!!!!!!:)!!!!! I thank-you so, so much for featuring this perfect song by our late Prince. I so, so very much love and like this, Wendy Jane-what a perfect choice here by you of a Prince song to feature here with this great article here! Our Prince was a musical genius, and, in fact, an all around genius. Since his death, I keep hearing in my head his so very cool songs, I Wanna Be Your Lover, and Diamonds and Pearls, which are two of my favorites by our late Prince, sister! Our Prince was all and everything yet not able to be defined in one way or manner because he was an all-encompassing figure for certain. I so, so very much love and like how our Prince set the example that a person could be black and step beyond the usual and limiting ways and boundaries of blackness in just being his and our own individual and unique self-I could for sure relate to this so yearning to be who I am as a black person, black woman, and lesbian black woman when my demeanor and presentation aren’t always considered “black”, or “black enough.” Our late Prince for sure set the standard for me, and, in fact, for all of us.

    Sister, I do for sure miss him so, as I know you do, sister, with your so, so very precious heart miss him as well, Wendy Jane, and how we all miss him so, so much with our very hearts aching over his loss. He will surely never, ever be forgotten, and he is timeless. I so, so love how you shared and declared in this beautiful sentence, ” U were the ultimate Beautiful One.” Yes, yes, yes, yes, tell it, sister, tell it, sisterfriend!!!!! Wendy Jane, you are so right here, so right on here, sister!!!!!! Prince is just very, very much indeed and absolutely beautiful, sister!!!!!!! Wow, sister, you have written such an absolutely amazing and fantastic tribute for our late Prince in such a lovingly heartfelt and sensitively caring manner straight from your very precious and dear heart, sister!!!!!! Wow, this is great here, Wendy Jane!!!!! I love this, and I so appreciate how you worked on this wondrously wonderful blog post article in such a diligently conscientious manner, sister!!!!! Yay!!!!!! You’re my and our so, so very right on white sister and friend, Wendy Jane, and a right on white woman for certain, sisterfriend!!!!! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for this great gift and a blessing which you have given to each and every one of us as your very, very many and gratefully appreciative readers with this beautiful tribute to our Prince here!!!!!! Yay!!!!!

    Sister, Happy Friday to you and to you, Wendy Jane, and please have such a fun-filled Friday, and a wondrously wonderful weekend coming up!!!!!! Sister, you are my and our very, very joy and blessing For Always, Wendy Jane!!!!! You are just the very best and the greatest, my so, so very dearest friend!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my friend, with Peace and Love To You For Always, my so, so very dearly special For Always white sisterfriend, Wendy Jane, with Such Blessings and Even More Blessings To You For Always, my sister,

    Your black sisterfriend For Always in the very spirit and solidarity, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane April 29, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

      Hi Sherry,

      Thank you so, so much for your glowing support. I appreciate you always taking the time to read what I put up. I can tell how much you loved Prince, too–and now I have to go listen to Diamond and Pearls–I love that song, too. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, too!

      Thanks again,

      Wendy Jane

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