I'm used to swimming in a sea of mixed emotions but with Passover upon us, Earth Day, and the death of an icon, the tides are turning far more than usual. So let's take these things one at a time.
Good news on Passover here. Your 420 is Kosher!
Is there hope for Planet Earth? I hope so, but if you've ever gone to a park or beach and found it left a complete mess by the people that were there before you, that's us. That's our generation. We're those people. "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
And Prince.... I haven't cried this much over a musician's death since we lost the late great Dr. Winston O'Boogie. To say that I am a Price fan would be an understatement. Everybody loves you when you're six feet in the ground, but I was along for the whole ride.
One of the most annoying things about the death of a celebrity musician like Prince is that you end up hearing the same greatest hits, overplayed top 40 radio songs that you should already be sick of at this point. In Prince's case this is a real disservice because he has so many underplayed gems.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Electric Chair ~ Off of the Batman Soundtrack "If a man is considered guilty for what goes on in his mind then give me the electric chair for all my future crimes."
Joy in Repetition ~ Years ago when I was trying to impress Prince's musical prowess upon a certain blogger of your acquaintance, this was one of the songs I turned to. SFL loves it.
We Can Funk ~ His duet with George Clinton was as close to a gay rights anthem as he ever wrote. "Sex between two people is alright when all the love in the world is what they've got. As long as they don't try to hurt nobody, and just as long as it's hot."
Anotherloverholenyohead ~ "You don't understand the things I'll tell you baby down on my knees." Oh, I understood!
Starfish and Coffee ~ Sing of the Times was called Prince's White Album and the whole of it is excellent. But there's a cute innocence to this song that always makes me happy.
Private Joy ~ This wasn't a top 40 hit, but it should have been.
Sleep Around ~ The best love advice you will ever get. "Do it like she likes it so your baby don't want to sleep around."
Got a Broken Heart Again ~ Off of the Dirty Mind album, this ballad stands out for its innocence.
Love 2 the 9's ~ I'm not the world's greatest musician, but I'm a good enough musician to know what a great musician Prince was. The timing and cord changes on this song impress the hell out of me.
America ~ The hyper-nationalism of the 80s turned into a funky flutstramental.
Let's Pretend We're Married ~ Pretend was all I had for years!
Live 4 Love ~ Can a fighter pilot become a peacenik in under 7 minutes? You betcha!
Scarlet Pussy ~ The dogs line up!
Chelsea Rodgers ~ Because super models need love too!
I could go on, but I have real work to do. One thing is for certain, he may have been only 5' 2" but a giant has left the room.