Friday, April 22, 2016

A Prince Song

Stevie Nicks - Stand Back

Soon after marrying her then husband, Nicks wrote the words to Stand Up and after getting in contact with Prince the song was complete.

The Landslide songstress said: 'I phoned Prince out of the blue, hummed a melody, and he listened... I hung up, and he came over within the hour. He listened again, and I said, 'Do you hate it?' He said, 'No,' and walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about twenty five minutes, and then left.'


Chip Ahoy said...

She sure can yell good.

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

I like that raspy voice of her's.

Great story about Prince's contribution. I did not know that.

chickelit said...

Great choice, Lem. I did not know that backstory.


Lem said...

Thanks Chick.

Chip Ahoy said...

This Prince of whom you speak, where does one buy his music? Special clubs, discs, reels of tape, what?

B3ta's subtitle is "we love the internet" They have weekly photoshop challenges. They had one about Prince. The site is run out of London. Most members are great Britain fer'ners with warped political values arising from being stuck on an island, the particular group is very 'what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine' prevailing pervasive attitude of all creativity springing from previous creativity.

And then some independent genius level type just doesn't see it that way, he creates from nothing and considers his creations his babies for him to protect, from the land of America where property has value and legal protection.

It's a clash of worlds.

Prince threatened to sue to shut down their photoshop competition about him.

It is the one time that the owner, Rob, backed down.

Now the whole place hates Prince. They regard him as a very little man, his physical stature equaling his stature of manly sharing.

It's how they think. Plus, he's American. They acknowledge his impact but they do not like him as a man.

They revived their contest now that he's dead. Here are their entries, 45 so far.

If you don't understand one or two, it's most likely a television personality over there.

Guildofcannonballs said...

The shit that had to had to happen,

the shit unfucked

Chip Ahoy said...

You can sing like that by grabbing your throat, pinching the front, and shaking vigorously as you sing. If that doesn't work then use both hands to gently karate chop yourself in the throat rapidly as possible while singing. If that doesn't work then turn on an electric fan and position your face directly into the wind it produces and sing. Now, there's three ideas right there to sound like her. Good luck!

But my mind wandered temporarily as I recalled something earlier and that led another idea for a card. They're funniest of all when they're 100% off the wall with no relevance or sense to them whatsoever. For example two of the best were art related. A simple Monet with the message inside, Happy Birthday and Monet Monet more.

Stupid. But charming just the same.

And another one of a cartoon man standing at the end of railroad tracks that simply end. Very simple cartoon. The inside message is Toulouse Lautrec.

Stupid. And had me bent laughing for hours.

Here's a new one that happened today. Beautiful because it's nonsensical. A real thing actually happened that does' t make sense. "Walking on the carpet felt like cotton balls." Weird, huh? Then on the inside: "Until it stopped."

Happy whatever and they're thinking when they get it, wtf? It's just so completely off the wall. And your silly drawing becomes one of their all time favorite and they save it forever.

Now that I've given the secret, go forth and bemuse your family and acquaintances with your Prince-like off kilter greetings with little drawings you scribble.

rcommal said...

I want to say something to so many of you (not all, but so many) here at Lem's and previously at Althouse's.

Over time, you have made living up to principles so much harder than it had to be, than it ought to have been.


rcommal said...

We do.

What we advocated, we did and we still do.

rcommal said...

All of these years later... .

rcommal said...


AllenS said...


Trooper York said...

Sometimes you feel like you wandered into an episode of "Kung Fu."

ndspinelli said...

Or Professor Irwin Corey.

rcommal said...

"I bet that if you threw that ass into the air it would turn into sunshine": One of my favorite Prince lines from the gazillion lyrics he wrote.

rcommal said...

Make no mistake about it, I love music. I know tons about it, and down to the very soul of my being, from the very start of my life, I have understood the very bones and viscera, etc., of it. Still, what I care about even more is: words.