Mr. Glass wrote: Come on Shakes, I know you know!
Definitely. Here's another Prince story I'll share: Back in boot camp, I had one of the meanest drill sergeants ever born if you ask me. I mean, this guy always frowned, had no personality, and never showed any emotion outside of screaming and yelling in your face from the early morning hours to the time he left the base at night. He kept his Ranger hat low, so you could barely see his eyes. I'm not one who's easily broken, but he was chilling. Anyway, one night I was on night guard duty, with another private and we walked to the building where the overnight drill sergeants stayed for duty. The batteries in one of our flashlights had died. After we entered the building, we were commanded what room our drill sergeant was posted up. As we stood in the doorway and explained the situation, we were shocked to see him laid back in a chair, watching Prince's video "Scandalous." At the end of boot camp, during the graduation ceremony, I told the story to the company and he laughed. Only time we ever saw him smile.
But yeah, I remember the first time I heard "Erotic City" on the radio. Mind-blowing track. I remember hitting up various record stores and snatching up old Prince material (and the records of artists he wrote hit records for ala The Time, Sheila E, The Family, The Bangles, etc.), especially the 12" vinyls, and being blown away by his music. I remember calling radio stations at night and dedicating his ballads to then-girlfriends. I remember biting certain lines in those songs while writing love letters. I remember cutting school with my girl and going to see "Under The Cherry Moon." Back then, he didn't even seem human. I stopped buying his CDs after the "Love Symbol" album, but bought "Musicology" around 2004 (it was part of a concert ticket deal).
You want to know what else is mind-blowing? He died in the month of April, which recalls one of his most underrated songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbDF8pXeNNM
The Porzingis blessing is real.