Wednesday, August 11, 2004

I CAN DIE NOW! (NOT LITERALLY)

FOR MY B-DAY,...MY SISTER GOT PRINCE TICKETS FOR ME. WE ALL WENT TOGETHER. THEY SAY,...PRINCE GIVES HIS BEST CONCERTS IN ATLANTA. OKAY SO,...A SOLD OUT SHOW. A SEA OF PRINCE FANS,...BLACK/WHITE, OLD/YOUNG, CAN/CAN'T/WON'T DANCE, EVERYBODY!!! AT THE SHOW. HE SURPRISES US BY OPENING WITH THE TIME. MORRIS DAY IS STILL "DA BOMB!" JEROME HAD THE MIRROR. THEY COVERED EVERYTHING FROM THE BIRD TO 777-9311 TO COOL (AND IT WAS AWESOME TO SEE THE AUDIENCE DO THE HAND GESTURES TO THAT ONE) AND THEN HE BROKE IT DOWN WITH GIGOLOS GET LONELY. PRINCE ENTERED THE STAGE,...LOOKING FABULOUS AS ALWAYS AND HE'S JUST,.... BRILLIANT. HE EVEN DID AN ACOUSTIC VERSION OF ADORE. WE EVEN GOT A FREE CD. ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS 1982-6.

I REMEMBERED WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL TRYING LIKE HELL TO CONVINCE MY MOM THAT MY LIFE DEPENDED ON ME CAMPING OUT AT TURTLES RECORDS (OLD SCHOOL,...NOW THE WHEREHOUSE (NO SUCH THING AS TICKET MASTER OR ONLINE PURCHASES)) TO BE THE FIRST IN LINE TO GET A TICKET AND HOPEFULLY FRONT ROW TO MEET THE MAN I LOVED! I TOLD HER I WOULD DIE AND I WAS NOTHING IF I DIDN'T GO. I TOLD HER THAT SHE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND OUR LOVE AND OF COURSE,....LIKE A SOUTHERN MAMA,....SHE WOULD NOT BUDGE. SHE SAID THAT WE WOULD GO THE NEXT MORNING AND THAT WAS THE END OF IT. I THOUGHT ABOUT RUNNING AWAY TO THE CONCERT,..BUT WHERE WOULD I GET THE MONEY? SO I CRIED MYSELF TO SLEEP AND POPPED UP EARLY THE NEXT MORNING ONLY TO FIND THAT PRINCE BROKE ALL KINDS OF RECORDS FOR SELLING OUT IN LIKE 5MINUTES. I CRIED. MY LIFE WAS MEANINGLESS. MY MOM WAS SO UNFAIR! SHE APOLOGIZED AND ASKED WHAT KIND OF MOTHER WOULD ALLOW HER CHILD TO SPEND THE NIGHT OUTSIDE AT A RECORD STORE? I SAID, "A COOL ONE!" (ALMOST GOT SLAPPED THAT DAY) I WAS SO DEPRESSED AND MOPED FOR DAYS! I FINALLY GOT OVER IT. FINALLY GOT OVER MY OBSESSION WITH "PRINCE." WENT OFF TO COLLEGE, BECAME A DJ, AND MADE A NAME FOR MYSELF. KIDS CALL THE REQUEST LINES AND THEY WANT THE BOY BANDS, RAPPERS, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND USHER. I ASK AN 80'S TRIVIA OR PRINCE QUESTION AND IT'S LIKE THERE ARE CRIKETS IN THE ROOM.
MY AVERAGE LISTENER WAS BORN IN THE 80'S. SAD,...I KNOW. THESE DARN KIDS TODAY,...THEY DON'T KNOW GOOD MUSIC. (NOW, I'M 95 YRS OLD,...(NOT LITERALLY)TEE-HEE) THAT'S WHY PRINCE NAMED THE TOUR "MUSICOLOGY." THESE KIDS HAVEN'T A CLUE. PRINCE PAID HOMAGE TO JAMES BROWN, A LITTLE ELVIS, SAM & DAVE AND LOUIS ARMSTRONG. ANYWAY,... THE POINT IS,...I GOT TO RE-LIVE ALL THAT IN ONE NIGHT. IT WAS SO AMAZING!! I CAN DIE NOW. (NOT LITERALLY,...DON'T GET ANY IDEAS,....I HAVE MASE)

PS. THEY WOULDN'T LET ME BRING THE DIGITAL CAMERA,....DANG IT! DARN CONCERT SECURITY.


2 comments:

Casey said...

I am so excited that you got to experience something that meant so much to you. Your "obsession" and Love for Prince surely shows through conversation and through your writings. I know this is something you will never forget, and probably something I will continue to hear over the phone about :) LOL, Just kiddin' Jazz!!

G. Cornelius Harris said...

He was the bomb in Memphis...I'll keep you posted