“FourFiveSeconds” – Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney (2015)

Apr 28
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I’m still working on that Prince post. In the meantime, I scan the contours of my personal, music judginess and wonder who will – if ever – be the next Prince. No claims that any of these three superstars are/were but lots of fans could make an argument emphatically for or against.

I draws a metaphor between Prince and the rare, superhuman, five-tool baseball player: hit for average (the ball finds some fairway 1/3 of the time), hit for power (like King Kong), run (envision Usain Bolt counterclockwise in 90-foot increments), throw (laser guided missiles), glove (hands of a surgeon). Musically five-tooled: write (Leon Russell, Dan Wilson of Semisonic wrote some stuff for the Dixie Chicks and Adele), sing (pick one… how about Sam Smith), dance (da kine Peter Hernandez), shred (Muse’s Bellamy, Gary Clark Jr.), persona/aura/image (lots of frauds here, IMO).

So yeah, can Sam Smith shred like that? Can Bellamy dance like that? Can Wilson be mysterious like that?


“One of Us” – Prince – “Emancipation” (1996)

Apr 22

I’ve got so much more to say about this cat. I’ll get to that in the next couple days. In the meantime: a binge.