His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan
|Prince in his Little Red Corvette.|
Growing up in California in a fairly poor family and a run down area I had to find entertainment which cost nothing. A favourite past time was walking to the Boulevard and watching cars go by. There was a well to do neighborhood nearby and I could always tell which cars came from there. One in particular which I loved. A Little Red Corvette.
|The man pushed boundaries|
but he sure could dress
Life was hard and childhood was short. Even before a lot of them left school they had children to feed and too many bills to pay. Most of the kids who attended this school did not dream of other lives, or doing great things. They knew their reality and they just wanted to survive the best that they could. And have some fun. They lived life fast, as if they were scared that it would run out before they had used it all up. They taught me so much and imparted the most important lesson upon me - You have to dance, and love hard, while you can.
"What's missing from pop music is danger."
By the time that Prince came onto the scene I had been grown up for a very long time and was living in a different country. Listening to him brought back memories of those early days, how free it was when we danced. And when I first heard Little Red Corvette I was mesmerised. Those lyrics, at once risky and liberating. He was the Prince of one night stands. The love child of 'Will you still love me tomorrow' and Little Richard.
|Prince and his magic wardrobe|
|All gold leaf, with serpent eyeliner, like a Jackie Morris painting|
|bedecked, bejewelled, embellished|
|San Francisco City Hall illuminated for Prince|
|Hard Rock Cafe, New York|
New York's Hard Rock cafe paid tribute to him by featuring his lyrics on the front of its restaurant in the heart of Times Square - in the city where he announced just last month that he would be writing a memoir.
Projected on a purple background the sign read:
I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain
"And just like that ... the world lost a lot of magic."
Katy Perry on twitter
Tori Amos in concert in 2014. I love how she has combined her version of Little Red Corvette with Stay With Me, the torch song by Shakespeare's Sister. The sound quality is not great, but close your eyes and listen. If only Prince could have stayed a little longer.
The idea to turn City Hall in San Francisco purple came from local writer Eve Batey, who made her request on Twitter.
Jack Hamilton writes
The story behind Little Red Corvette