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A Variation for Prince

The above version is warm pad, with a soft orchestral feel.

The second version is just basic piano.

 

With the death of Prince today, I dusted off my own variation of one my favorite melodies I re-wrote and adapted  from “Gold.” It always resonated with me. Much of what Prince wrote and sang didn’t touch me – but for those songs and melodies which did, his creativity and singular approach to music was indelible.

In another life, I was almost a musician. Many people don’t know that about me – and that’s cool. Just as with words and language, music echoes in my head, inextricably tied to language.

I never finished my version of “Gold,” just as he will never finish his to-do list.

I am posting this portion only because none of us will ever be finished with the creative things that push us to do the things we do. Prince died before he could get all of his list done, but his life was bookmarked with who and what he loved. And he was lucky enough to be rewarded for doing what he loved doing. All of us could be so lucky, even if we drop dead in the middle of a normal day.

Music can’t change the world but, man, does it ever make it better.

PS: “Starfish and Coffee” was my favorite. If only all of us could be so weird and quirky. If you have even one Cynthia Rose in your life, embrace her and you will be embracing Prince and his legacy.

“What’s the use of money if you ain’t gonna break the mold?” Prince

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A Song I Wrote

 

I made this strange song. It’s intended to be both metaphor and actual. I wrote the music, added the effects, and decided that a traditional approach wouldn’t work for me.

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The woman’s voice is that of my mom. She had her demons and those shadows still silently creep up behind me. She was more than what plagued her, as are we all.

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This is as personal as it gets. It’s not intended to inflict harm.

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I fully expect people not to “get” it.