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Jan. 1st, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
firs time i saw him play guitar i was like...wait...he's amazing at guitar???!!!!! and then i saw him play bass and i said....wait, he's amazing at the bass??!!!!! and then...
yeah he is absolutely astounding. too bad Jesus got his barbed claws into him. he actually goes door to door with other Jehovahs Witnesses in Minneapolis on saturday mornings now. and he is opposed to gay marriage. i don't think this phase will last long though.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
From an LA Times interview:


He did not vote for Proposition 8. In fact, he didn't vote at all. "I didn't vote for Obama either," he explained. "Jehovah's Witnesses haven't voted for their whole inception." The controversy over a recent New Yorker "Talk of the Town" item, which Prince feels implied he supported the gay-marriage ban, has upset him. It's the first thing he wanted to discuss when the Web geeks had gone and we were alone. "I have friends that are gay and we study the Bible together," he said. He added that two sides fighting "only benefit the third person" who instigated the fight.

Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He's in final negotiations with "a major retailer" to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy. He's not working with a record label. "The gatekeepers have to change," he said several times throughout the evening.

He's found his way back to the sound of "When Doves Cry." The first disc, tentatively titled "MPLSOUND," is an electro-flavored solo effort recorded at Paisley Park Studios. Prince experimented with Pro Tools and "new ways of recording" on these trippy, experimental pop songs. One features a Q-Tip rap; another calls a "Funky Congregation" to worship and may become a live set piece.

He's ready to revive the Quiet Storm. "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said, introducing Valente's new album, "Elixir." The tracks are chill, with Valente's buttery voice melding with beats by Morris Hayes and Prince's guitar lines. Some are explicitly sexual. "This music is nasty, but it's not dirty," Prince said, explaining how sensual music fits in with his much-discussed faith -- he's a Jehovah's Witness. "There's no profanity. It isn't promoting promiscuity. She's singing about her lover, who could be her partner for life."

He loves his guitar. As the tracks played on Indie 103.1 indicated, "Lotus Flower" is rooted in the instrument. Prince said he refocused on his playing while performing live dates with the singer Tamar Davis in 2006; with the spotlight trained on someone else, he could fall back in love with solos and riffs. "Lotus Flower" is a varied album, featuring cuts recorded over the course of two years, but standout tracks include some heavy rockers -- especially the apocalyptic "Dreamer," which Prince said was partly inspired by the radical black comedian Dick Gregory.

Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I would assume he didn't vote for Proposition 8 because I would assume he would vote in Minnesota, not California (if he voted, that is).

BTW -- who are you?
Jan. 6th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Just a fellow prince fan.

By the way, visit www.lotusflow3r.com for some new music.....

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