For My Sunday Song #73, I am going with “Let’s Go Crazy by Prince. This is the first one of 2018, so let’s get a little crazy and start the year off with a legend. By the end of the year, I will be 50 so we need to go a little nuts this year in preparation for that milestone. The song came out in 1984 and was off the album ‘Purple Rain’. It was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and might be his most recognizable song. I think everyone knows this song and if you don’t, shame on you.
The song opens with Prince giving a eulogy accompanied by an organ and it definitely makes it feel like a funeral. That doesn’t last long and the song kicks in and rocks out. The outro of the song is Prince showing that he was no slouch on the electric guitar. It was one of the best guitar solos you will hear in a song. A freakin’ masterpiece. It was this song that made everyone fall in love with Prince. He crossed over genres and even metal heads thought the man was amazing and damn he could play.
When reading the lyrics, the song seems to be about the battle of good and evil. The devil will try and take you down the elevator, but you need to fight and punch a “higher floor” (God maybe?). It also seems to be about finding that meaning in life and strive for that. It seems to have a lot of different meanings. Now, I am not sure what the “purple banana” is, but sounds like something we should all look for though. I found this article that spoke about the Purple Banana and it was an interesting take on the song. Give it a click and check it out. They basically ask the questions…
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It has been a few months since I have done a post in my Turntable & Vinyl series and a lot has gone on since the last one. Mainly, the growing obsession with getting my favorite albums in vinyl. Everywhere I go, I am looking for a record store or thinking of an excuse to go to a store and just “look” around. It has become a growing obsession that isn’t getting any better, in fact, it is getting worse.
And thanks to a fellow blogger, I now have my collection in Discogs. I can’t remember who it was as it has been several months and I have a terrible memory…now what was I talking about…oh yeah…Discogs. I spent quite some time cataloging my newly started collection. The good news, now when I am out at a record store and I can’t remember if I have that album or not, I only need to pull it up on the phone and BOOM!!, I will know if it is in my collection or not. No more buying duplicates (I told you my memory is bad). I actually had to use it a few weeks back so I know it was well worth the time adding everything in. Plus, it tells me what my collection is worth (ain’t much which is sad!), but it is a great tool if the collection should get stolen or burned down, I have a record of my albums for insurance purposes. Nice!
One thing I have been wanting to do for quite a while is upgrade my shitty little stereo system I have been using. It was an old system with some shitty little speakers. Did I mention it was shitty? Well, I finally replaced it and gave the older system to my oldest daughter for her room. She loves it because that shitty system replaced her even shittier system. One man’s junk is another man’s (or teenager girl’s) treasure. I didn’t get anything real fancy, I did keep it very reasonable. I only bought a Yamaha Receiver and a couple of Polk floor speakers plus a sub-woofer (I like that bass a little). I could have gone with a surround sound system, but I really love this set up. it was the way I listened to the albums back in the day, plus the vinyl isn’t mastered in Surround Sound!!
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2016 has seen it’s share of tragedies with Musicians. I know each year there are a lot of musician’s that pass away, but for some reason this year seems to have taken quite a few from us. Now that the year is almost over, I have updated the list to include musicians that have passed away in the last few months. I started this back in April/May. Hopefully that will be it for 2016. Let’s hope 2017 doesn’t bring more of the same.
In memory of all the artist we have lost so far this year, here is a playlist so we can remember the gift of music that they left us that will live on forever.
David Bowie – January 10th, 2016: David Bowie just released his album, Black Star, two days earlier on January 8th (his birthday). He had so many great songs and it was really hard to choose. I chose “Modern Love” as that was the year I really started obsessing about music. The year was 1983 and his popularity was on the rise again. It was that song that made me know who he was and made me go look at what he had done in the past. Since that time, I have been a fan.
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Is 1987 the greatest year in music? Well, probably not, but I am going to make an argument for it to be the greatest. For me personally, 1987 was a great year. I graduated high school and started college in that year. I also had a fabulous Senior Trip with some of the best people in the world. Life was really great at that time (fyi…life is really great now as well).
Musically, some of the greatest rock albums and pop albums were released during 1987. After this list, you let me know if you think it wasn’t the greatest or at least one of the most memorable years in music.
Def Leppard – ‘Hysteria’: This is one of my all time favorite albums. It was released on August 3 and spawned 7 singles (that is right 7). The album has gone on to sale over 25 million copies and has one of the most iconic rock songs of all time…”Pour Some Sugar On Me”. Go to mikeladano.com and check out a great review on the album (Then look around at his site, great reviews and great stories). With other hits like “Hysteria”, “Love Bites”, “Animal”, “Women” and “Rocket”, it is one of the greatest rock albums of all times.
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I have always wanted to learn to play a guitar. I tried when I was a kid, but I have two big problems. One, I have zero patience and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t great right away. Two, I am tone deaf and couldn’t tell you a D flat from an A sharp.
So instead, I just listen to a lot of great guitar players and sit in awe of their incredible talent. I also have a dream of collecting autograph guitars, but I have another problem with that…MONEY!! Or lack thereof.
If I had all the money in the world, these are the guitars I would go after.
Van Halen – Frankenstrat – Who is not familiar with this iconic guitar? This could be one of the most recognizable guitars ever made. You see it, you know that is Van Halen. A copy of it is even in the National Museum of American History. This was the guitar from 1979 and their first album. He has made many different versions of with this look, but if you are going to grab it, get the original.
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