Monday, December 19, 2016

My Music Monday

Live music is the name of the game. At least for December.

My biggest problem for the month is to narrowing it down to just four selections. So far I've done two straight-on concert performances and today is no different.

While 2016 was not kind of musicians, I keep coming back to Prince more than most. Sure - Alan Thicke co-wrote the theme song to Facts of Life, but Prince had a somewhat greater range than Robin Thicke's dad.

When Prince's Under the Cherry Moon came out, no one saw it - myself included. Hell, I didn't even pay that much attention to the pseudo-soundtrack, which was called Parade. It was also the last disk to include the Revolution as his backing band.

The band was clearly in transition, as the Revolution - or certain members of it - performed on some, but not all songs. For me, there was only one stand-out song on this disk, besides the hit single "Kiss" and that was "Anotherloverholenyohead".

Mr. Nelson brought on horns for some of this disk, including my selected track. It has James Brown-esque qualities, but not full-on Brown.

I am not exactly sure why, but I like Wendy and Susannah Melvoin's backing vocals. But I always think the backing vocals can be the most interesting parts of most songs.

Allegedly, Susannah was who Prince wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U" about - which is a little odd since Wendy is her twin sister - so something compares to her!

"Anotherloverholenyohead" is one of the few Prince videos still out on the web. I am surprised it has stayed out here this long, but with him being dead, maybe scouring the web isn't his estate's biggest concern.

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