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masoo From: masoo Date: February 6th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A couple of things, if I may:

I like the idea of thinking about sports and music together ... think, for instance, of the rise of entrance music for batters at a baseball game, so that whenever I hear "The Next Episode" by Dre, I will forever think of Barry striding to the plate. But I don't think Prince is an exact match for Barry. Prince was never hated the way Barry is. They're both reclusive, which, combined with their great talent, makes them appear arrogant. But Barry's corrosive relationship with the media results in his being villified by a public that only knows him through that media. Prince, on the other hand, manages to mostly avoid that stuff, because he's a bigger recluse, if nothing else.

As for that clip ... someone else mentioned one of my favorite moments, when the song is over and Prince lays out one last high note and then just throws his guitar in the air and walks off stage.

My other favorite moment ... and who knows if it was scripted, it looks spontaneous ... is with a little more than a minute to go, when it appears the song is about done. Prince looks over at Petty and the rest, gestures towards his guitar, and kinda shrugs. Partly he seems to be asking if they want to go for a few more choruses. But ... and he has that smile he gets, the one that's been charming people since the movie Purple Rain ... he also seems to be saying "I could pull this stuff out of my ass all night long if you want." And that's one of the amazing thing about this guy ... he makes it look easy, well, lots of great ones do that, but he does so many things ... plays every instrument, sings falsetto, sings soulful, plays hot-lick guitar, plays psychedelia, makes halftime music with a fucking marching band, makes the most minimalist single of all time in "Kiss," cranks out 4-disc albums ... and he makes all of THAT look easy. You really believe he COULD solo off that song until everyone died. If you listen, each chorus is a different take on the song ... he includes some typical rock guitar solo moves, but he plays lots of varieties, and throws in some jazzy licks while he's at it ... it's one reason the solo is so killer, it isn't boring. Think Paul Gonsalves with Ellington at Newport, when the Duke told him to play as long as he wanted and Gonsalves accomodated his boss by blowing close to 30 choruses, driving the crowd mad and making jazz history. Prince could have played 30 choruses of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Of course, he would have then released a 3-disc set of remixes, available only through his website ...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 7th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As I noted to Jonathan above, I realize that the Prince=Barry argument breaks down after awhile. I was thinking primarily of the attitude they project, their aloof self-confidence.

I need to learn more about that Gonsalves performance at Newport. It gets written about a lot.
masoo From: masoo Date: February 7th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The story of Gonsalves at Newport has about a hundred versions, all of them entertaining ... and apparently quite a few variations in the so-called "live" recording. But really, all that matters is that you listen to it. The guy blows and blows and blows. It's pretty thrilling.
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