On That Note

Sign o' the Times album artwork
This week has been huge.  I've said this before, but never in an "On That Note" post: It is a prerequisite that a rock band be British in order to be great.  This thought resurfaced hearing "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zepplin for the first time since I've come out of the "classical music closet" unashamedly.  Also, I decided Friday evening that I like Beyonce's "Love on Top." 

Much more importantly, I realized this Tuesday another reason as to why I like Prince so much.  I was going about my regular Tuesday commute - driving to catch the HRT Tide into downtown Norfolk from Virginia Beach for class at Old Dominion University.  Since I started listening to the radio late this past summer, I found myself doing my normal "let me check all of my programmed stations to see if there's anything on first, then proceed with a channel scan if there isn't."  I usually work down from channel six to one, not only because I'm backwards in many ways, but because my sixth channel is my favorite (WMOV 107.7).  Six, five, four, three - nothing had caught my ear.  Note: 95.7 is a solid second to 107.7, as you'll come to see.  I hit channel two (95.7).  The tune automatically caught my ear and sucked me in, much like Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, and R2-D2 found themselves being sucked into the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope.

I liked the tune.  I wasn't sure what song it was or what artist was performing it, although I probably would have won 100 bones in a bet had one occurred as to who the mystery artist was.  My gut told me Price, but as I listened, I had reservations.  At times, it sounded like a woman.  Known for his range and falsetto, this didn't necessarily rule him out, but it legitimately sounded like a woman, not a man singing falsetto.  I shortly found myself at a red light, living the dream.  It was apparent that the song was coming to an end, so I decided to type the lyrics "I'll give you my heart, I'll give you my mind, I'll give you body" into the notepad on my iPod Touch so I could attempt to find the song later.  Thanks Apple.  Fast forward about three hours and you'd find me sitting in my American Military History class where, because of a break in my focus towards my professor, I discovered the song to indeed be Prince.

Upon hearing the track "Adore," I thought "How cool is it that I couldn't tell who this was?"  This says more about Prince as a musician, composer, and artist than anything else.  I can't think of anyone that is so eclectic musically.  Seriously, like who else has not only the ability to produce such a diverse selection of music, but does it well?!  Think what you will about him but to deny his musical brilliance is folly.  His originality is unrivaled.

Prince solidified his brilliance in 1987 with the addition of Sign o' the Times.  Off of this [ninth] studio album, "Adore" is among sixteen self-produced tracks that fuses R&B, funk, rock, soul, and pop.  I remember also thinking "What the hell is this?" in the best way possible, solely because I have never heard anything like it.  Extremely unique, I would also argue that the song has gospel hints to it.  The track features Prince's infamous falsetto.  Check it out.  There's nothing quite like it to compare it to.  You might regret it, but you might not either.  The tempo works exceptionally.  I honestly don't know what else to say about this song besides "Good" since it's so unique.

Until next time

What more can you ask for?


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