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PRINCE

Posted: April 21, 2016 in Prince
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Prince

There won’t be any first, second…or third drafts. I can only flow with the go and take my fingers as fast as they can run over these keys, impossible to keep time with the thoughts in my mind.

I turned around earlier today, 04/21/16 and saw my friend approaching me with a very solemn look upon her face. “Soda, Prince is dead…” No, this obviously cannot be right. It’s a mistake, it’s someone else, they are wrong – was of course my reaction. Then disbelief and shock turned to sadness. Shortly after that the word started to spread, the internet was being informed of the passing. Of. Prince. It was a very hard fact. My phone then started to blow up. I couldn’t even think straight. All focus was gone, I had an instant headache and just felt sick. I called one of my dearest friends who would always say Prince was her soulmate. I called one of my sisters in between texts from other family and friends. This was very real.

I did not know Prince personally. Although I do believe we would have hit it off. I was, am and will forever be passionately into his work. 2016 has proven to be one of the worst years for heroes, idols and beyond in the world of entertainment. People die all the time, close to us and far from us, we definitely should put more compassion into things in our life other then the death of a “celebrity” that is most certain. But this one, this one is really earth shattering and I can’t say I wasn’t one of those people that didn’t instantly drop a post on Facebook about Prince being gone, because I did. And the world is going crazy as I type this. You see, he was a very special soul, otherworldly even.  And again…I didn’t know him personally. Although, someone that gives you 35 plus years of Music and art and everything in between you kinda feel like you know them. I was introduced to Prince at a young age, my Sisters having some of his albums on cassette tape. I’d hear it, see it…not understand it at all being a little kid like I was. I did always love the music from Purple Rain, it was just easy and certainly a curiosity and always kept me interested. I worshiped The Revolution. As I got older I started to listen to a lot of music and understand it more and really embrace it as a part of my life that would be an intravenous to my heart, truly. There was a period of time where I didn’t listen to Prince all that much when I was growing up and exploring my own tastes and likes. But, it certainly came back around and it was like a beautiful car crash. It was major. He then inspired me in every way, shape and form. He made me feel more comfortable about what I wanted to do on a stage when I first started performing. He was an artist that made me feel better about being myself. I dug deeper into his catalogue, sounds and words and looks. I then realized how important Prince was to my life as an aspiring musician, writer…artist. I’m one of a zillion people that shed a tear for this man today like he was our Brother. In so many ways, he was. Being able to sit down and write and just let my feelings flow about how much I adored this man is so helpful. Seeing so many people share their feelings has been beautiful. Watching so many other major artists tell their stories and seeing the massive respect everyone had for him. The adulation I myself have cannot be measured. That smirk, that cocky attitude, that tiny waist, those frills, that voice! His screaming guitars are forever burned into my brain. His versatility, his ease at writing a hook and playing every damned instrument. God gave Prince everything. He broke all the rules and made his own, shit, he WAS the rules. And you know, really…he will never truly die. The only thing any artist of any kind dreams of doing is making even a bit of an impact. Prince was more like a supernova and I am truly crushed. I’m really feeling this one. Silly or not, I will infinitely miss him. We are going to learn so much over the next few days as to why he passed. He was young, only 57 and always healthy from what we knew. He had been sick the last week or two with flu-like symptoms. Obviously that grew into something much more. No one is immortal, contrary to what any of us thought. Prince…was a human being and he has been called back home.

There will never be another like him, you’ll hear it hundreds of times over the next few days. To you, my fellow Gemini, I’m so grateful for what you have given me, my life is forever enriched because of you. I’d say the world has gone black, but clearly it has gone purple. Party Up.

 

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White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

Saturday night, Autumn. A bit chilly, but perfect for a mid-October in the town of Amityville which may be best known for a horror that happened back in 1975, but we are not here to talk about that, now are we? Not too far from that very home sits one of Long Island’s more prominent rock venues, Revolution. A moderate sized venue that has seen all walks of music pass through its doors within the short time it’s sat on the corner of Merrick Road and Broadway.

This night was a birthday celebration for…Andrew, no idea who that is/was, but I’m sure he was happy. I mean, a full-fledged rock show for your Birthday, not bad, eh? Anyway, let’s cut to it. Hometown heroes (well, kinda hometown anyway, Queens ain’t that far) White Trash, sprang a last minute announcement on the world of Facebook that they would be performing this night at 11pm. It had been a while since their last performance and they teased the aspect of new material at this show as they have been hard at work on a new album.

I raced from Far Rockaway after a show I myself had performed to make it back to Amityville for said 11pm set, I bumped into drummer Mike Caldarella and he promptly told me that it’d be a little while before they hit the stage, sure, normal for a rock show and it WAS Saturday night.

The guys were all hanging around the club, smiles on their faces and welcoming as always. The night proceeded and 11PM turned to Midnight(ish), the crowd dwindled and the openers honestly started to bore everyone in sight until finally, a young band from Connecticut called Switchblade Serenade came on and woke people up with their kick ass brand of hard rock a la 80’s style. I took serious note of these guys, they absolutely rocked (more on them in a future installment, on we plow!)

Finally, at about 1:15AM, spirits a little deflated, White Trash finally got on stage. Now, a WT show is never dull. This one in particular was a little raw, but nonetheless extremely entertaining. This night’s line-up consisted of a mix of members from the self-titled debut and Si O Si Que? the bands second record with guitar madman Craig LeBlang being back in the fold. Now, 1:15AM even on a Saturday night can be somewhat of a drag when that’s the time you hit the stage. White Trash, once a “big” band back in the early 90’s with heavy video rotation on MTV with their breakthrough hit “Apple Pie” played to a fairly small crowd, but once again and as usual we were treated to a fun and funky raw set of dirty rock that only they can deliver. The band ripped through a short set which featured music from each of their records, including the promised new tunes from a forthcoming release. Highlights of the night were “Minor Happiness”, a new song called “The Return of Buzz” and the nasty “Fat Ethyl”.

Battered but not beaten by the late entrance to the stage and ill attendance singer Dave Alvin still proved that he can work any kind of room with his classic sarcasm, no bullshit attitude and a remaining vocal style that can still give you chills. All in all it was a good set with a few bumps in the road. The end of the show came fast with the above mentioned “Fat Ethyl” being the closer. Fun and a bit sloppy the band tore through it ending the show in noise and the almost bizarre antics of one of the more eccentric members of the band, trumpet player Damien Rich as he grabbed the lead vocal mic and left us with such poetry as “Fuck your Mother, Fuck my Mother and if you Fuck with my Mother, I will Fucking kill you!” Words to live by, thank you White Trash, see you next time!

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White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda