We’re hearing all these stories about how Prince, the musician, was a great athlete. These stories are kind of old, and we didn’t believe them, but everyone swears they were true.
Like Prince and basketball:
Samuel L. Jackson says it’s true:
And Prince and ping pong:
Susan Sarandon says it’s true:
And I didn’t know Prince hung out with Michael Jackson and tormented him:
I would love to have been a fly on the wall for the Prince/Michael Jackson ping-pong match.
But there was respect. Prince wouldn’t have covered this song if he disrespected Michael.
I saw him in Lexington, Ky., at Rupp Arena in the late ’80s. It was the Purple Rain tour, and Sheila E was the opening act. I now realize that I hadn’t seen him enough times, probably because I though he’d live forever and I’d catch another show sooner or later.
The Prince tributes keep coming. This was three days ago. I was staying in Brooklyn that day and didn’t realize I was walking distance to this concert.
I’ve been on the road for the past few days and this is the first chance I’ve had to post on Prince’s death.
I’ll let his guitar speak for me:
… and not in the fun sense.
Those of us of a certain age remember the days when MTV just played music videos. The one distinctive trait of MTV in its early days was … let’s just say … the lack of pigmentation among its performing artists.
Back in 1983, David Bowie, a true superstar, confronted MTV veejay Mark Goodman on that matter:
Goodman was really stretching to find a legitimate answer and it basically came down to … our audience is full of racists.
And, as diplomatic as Bowie was in this interview, the look on his face says, “Dude, that’s bullshit.”
David Bowie died Sunday at the age of 69. He is one of rock’s greatest performers. So, I’ll leave you with my favorite Bowie song, which I’ve posted many times before:
For all you head banging science nerds, the chemical composition of an electric guitar from Compound Interest (click to enlarge):
I don’t mean to get all science geek here, but we’re missing a major chemical compound in this chart: the wood that makes up the neck and the body. I don’t know what specific wood is used here (it varies by guitar), but Wikipedia tells me the main components of wood are approximately 50% carbon, 42% oxygen, 6% hydrogen, 1% nitrogen, and 1% other elements (mainly calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, and manganese).
“It’s the Chemicals,” man! (Here’s some Inspired Flight, along with some electric guitar.)