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June 23, 2014

“Purple Rain”

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Someone mentioned it’s been 30 years since the “Purple Rain” movie by Prince premiered.  When I heard that, I couldn’t resist that engrained old-fogey-man reaction of sputtering:  “Thirty years ago today!  My stars.  It seems like only yesterday!!”

I saw it in a theatre with this crazy chick I was going with at the time.  I don’t think I’d even heard of Prince at the time, but she dragged me to the movie.  I thought the first half was pretty hokey.  This high-strung little dandy prancing around like a drama queen.  I figured it was just one of those “chick flicks.”  So I was surprised when I suddenly burst into tears near the end, after Prince’s father dies and they’re playing “Purple Rain” live.  I still get a little chill whenever I hear Prince wailing that guitar solo at the end.  And there’s one moment in particular that I always wait for.  But nowadays, when they play it on the radio, that part is usually edited out by the bastard radio programmers,  I guess to make the song shorter and more suitable for airplay.  That pisses me off every time they do that.

But still, whenever that song comes on the radio, it’s like a time capsule that takes me back to 1984, and sitting there in the movie theater with that crazy chick, and the streets of Oakland and how that song wafted all across the landscape back then.

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