2 Years today, I was so moved that I drew the bottom image on and later complied these words and had the image and the words printed front and back of a T shirt..the other two drawings are thrown in for good measure…Mr Musicology…
It’s a “Sign Of The Times” when “Around The World In A Day” so many tears are shed and we the “Girls & Boys” finally understand the meaning of what is sounds like “When Doves Cry”. His Royal Purpleness, declared to the universe “My Name Is Prince” and I am funky from “Uptown” Minneapolis, and your “Love Bizarre” affinity with my music and artistry will be the “Greatest Romance Ever Sold”. With plenty lyrics of “Controversy”,“Sexuality” and “Love 2 The 9’s”, Prince was undoubtedly a “Sexy MF”. Women all over “Planet” Earth” worshipped him from the time he advised them all “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. “The Most Beautiful Girl In the World” would beg please “Do Me Baby”, as you make me so “Soft & Wet”, “I Would Die For You” “Sweet Baby” and I’m so hungry “For You“, that “Breakfast Can Wait”. Albeit “Starfish & Coffee” with “Cream”, Prince most certainly could convert a nun into a “Nasty Girl”, “Darling Nikki”, “Chelsea Rodgers”, “Cinnamon Girl” or his “Lady Cab Driver”, driving them “Delirious” whilst working up a “Black Sweat”.
Prince an incredibly “Sexy Dancer” could “Dance On” regardless albeit “Under The Cherry Moon”, on “Alphabet St” or in “Paisley Park”, for “17 Days” on a “LoveSexy” groove, shaking his “Tambourine”. This is Prince’s “Housequake” and he is the “Life O’ The Party”, so “If You Feel Like Dancin’” like it’s “1999”, get dressed in your “Diamonds And Pearls”, put on your “Raspberry Beret”, jump into a “Little Red Corvette” and ride “Gangster Glam” style. Prince could make everybody “Get Off” to his “Party Up” music, and many “Adore” Prince for his unique dress sense and “Sticky Like Glue”, “Extraloveable” androgynous attraction. To be honest ”Nothing Compares To You” Prince Roger Nelson, so thank you “Dear Mr Man”, Mr “Hot Thing” for the “Beautiful Loved & Blessed” compositions and recordings. “Sometimes It Snows In April” but in that month of 2016 sadly it melted and became a cloud of tears coloured in “Purple Rain” for Mr “Musicology” …for your artistry “My Love Is Forever” to “The Max”.
This is the ode printed in our issue 64 edition of The Soul Survivors Magazine
Little did I know when I did my Roll Call Of Fame in issue 60 last year how poignant or providential that would be. For me personally in the 10 year anniversary cycle of celebrating this magazine’s milestone, after the loss of James Brown 25th December 2006, followed by Michael Jackson 25th June 2009 and now Prince Roger Nelson’s passing 21st April 2016, it marks the end of an era of the enigmatic last of the tribal African Masai, one man band singer and performer dancing machines. Each of these artist’s loss moved me to tears, Prince’s moreso than Micheal because it was so sudden. Prince astrologically a Gemini which depicts his multi faceted genius, epitomises the legacy of the showman from Cab Calloway, Little Richard, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix to Michael Jackson (slightly before him) and their musical caricatures with a bit of Phil Lynott and David Bowie thrown in for good measure, with his rock and soul semblance and excellence as a consummate artist. Do you think there will ever be another like Prince, with his androgynous looks, fashion attire, fit athletic physique, flexibility, multi instrumentalist talent and varied vocal octave range, and all done in high heels that may women would struggle to walk let alone dance in? I don’t think so. With that in mind here is a small homage to his Royal Purpleness, Mr “Musicology” Prince Roger Nelson courtesy of a fellow music aquarian and huge Prince fan, Ronnie Stephenson who we used to call Prince in the 1980’s, Musicologist Dez Parkes, and extracts from previous issues via Mica Paris, Larry Graham and Sheila E who worked and knew Prince personally.. Enjoy..Fitzroy