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Catamount Community Radio - April 24, 2016

The first hour it was the usual shenanigans. The Prince tribute ran from 11:00 - 12. I started with a Prince instrumental, "Brand New Orleans." I turned it low and read over the top a poem by W.H. Auden, "Funeral Blues" (which in this case drifted over toward purples):

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling in the sky the message He is Dead,
Put crêpe bows around the
Purple necks of White doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever, Oh well, I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Then, simply, an hour of His Purpleness.

Celebrity musician deaths are coming down the pike at a pretty fast rate, and while I am always saddened, I usually shake them off. But somehow Prince was different, and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I've been listening to is music for like 35 years, maybe because as a musician I've always tried to learn from him. It's not because I "identified" with him; I don't know why it was.

I see him as coming down the line from James Brown to Sly and the Family Stone, to the P-Funk.... but somehow he was even more. Saw him in concert in the 1999 tour. He was amazing. I always imagined I would see him again, preferably as a funkateer with a horn section, rather than as a guitar god.

At first, after learning of his death, I didn't even want to listen to his music; I was like, sobbing in my room in the dark and shit. But time .... time.... goes on and by Sunday I was ready to celebrate his music. I might even continue this coming Sunday.

I heard many funny stories, a couple of them recounted in videos below. X.Ray the other day said, although Prince was a vegan, he liked to go down to McDonalds and stand in the parking lot, just to smell the food.

RIP PRINCE. He was a good man, whether the opiates killed him or not.

Still no internet stream, but on the FM dial at 90.5 if you happen to live in Western North Carolina.

1. Steven Bernstein – Darlin’ Nikki
2. Danilo Pérez – Bright Mississippi
3. Abdullah Ibraham – Whoza Mtwana
4. Bob Dylan – Things Have Changed
5. Woody Guthrie – 1913 Massacre
6. Jamey Johnson (w. Merele Hagard) – I Fall to Pieces
7. Ornette Coleman – Forerunner
8. Coleman Hawkins – Under Paris Skies
9. Freddie Hubbard – Up Jumped Spring
10. Jesse Thomas – Gonna Write You a Letter
11. The Time – 777-9311
12. Raul D’Souza – Wires
13. Prince – Brand New Orleans
14. Prince – Call My Name
15. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
16. Prince – Get on the Boat
17. Prince – When Doves Cry
18. Prince – Musicology
19. Prince - FUNKNROLL
20. Prince – A Case of You
21. Prince – Sign ‘o’ the Times
22. Prince – The Morning Paper
23. Prince – 1 + 1 + 1 = 3
24. Prince – Beautiful, Loved & Blessed
25. Sex Mob – Sign ‘o’ the Times


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