“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” aka “Motherless Child” (trad.)
Bessie Griffin, live, Holland, 1972
Still hard to believe he’s gone.
Prince with Stevie Wonder, live, Los Angeles, 2011
sounds of Chicago
DJ Mike Dunn, live, Chicago (Gramaphone Records), 2015
Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb
We could all die any day,
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll dance my life away.
“I Wanna Be Your Lover,” live, Capitol Theatre (Passaic, N.J.), 1982
Whatever we’re dealing with catches us
in mid-reconsideration. It’s beautiful,
my lord, just not made to be repeated,
It was a moment, what can I say.
—John Ashbery (1927-), Breezeway (2015), fragments (“A Breakfast Radish,” “Domani, Dopodomani”)
With Miles Davis, live, Paisley Park (Chanhassen, Minn.), 12/31/87
Prince, singer, songwriter, master of all (musical) trades, June 7, 1958-April 21, 2016
Today, remembering him, we revisit a post from last year.
With all he does, this can get lost: on guitar, he’s a killer.
Cee Lo Green, “Crazy,” live (with Prince, guitar), New York, 2011
Stevie Wonder, “Superstition,” live (with Prince, guitar), Paris, 2010
I am alive—I guess—
—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #605 (Franklin), first line