Photo by Jeff Katz

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Prince’s landmark release, Sign O’ The Times aka SOTT, and this date also marked my one year anniversary for doing podcasts through Grown Folks Music (GFM).

My first podcast for GFM was for the 30th anniversary of Parade on March 31, 2016.
None of us knew what less than a month would bring.

After Vanity’s passing on Feb 15, 2016, I knew someone else from the Prince camp would inevitably be next (and it was heavy on my mind), but never in a gazillion years did I think it would be Prince himself.

So, these podcasts, which started because I wanted to talk about Prince like The Music Snobs did, eventually led me to connect with none other than two of The Music Snobs themselves: Arthur Turnbull (also of Entry Points) & Jehan (He’s like Prince; he’s doesn’t need a last name)! I’m incredibly grateful and honored to be able to have deep Prince discussions with these two Princeologists. However, none of this would have EVER happened if it wasn’t for my dear Prince SWD high school ((when my Prince fever (which is tame in comparison to then) was in the stratosphere) friend, Ricky Wyatt, who connected me to the amazing and thoughtful Ivan Orr of Grown Folks Music. I am incredibly grateful to be able to share the mic with all four to do one of my favorite things on earth: talking about and listening to Prince.

So it was with sheer excitement that the stars aligned and ALL five of us (for the first time) were able to get together to talk about one of THE Prince albums of ALL Prince albums, Sign O’ The Times.

Part 1 of the Grown Folks Music Inside The Album Podcast for Sign O’ The Times

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did recording it. So much so that this is only part 1 of the conversation. We’ll soon follow up and post part 2.

Part 2 of the Grown Folks Music Inside The Album Podcast for Sign O’ The Times

Yesterday also marked the 31st anniversary of Parade. It’s simply incredible to realize that Parade and SOTT were released only one year apart. Count ‘em! One. In real time, the one year felt like a decade, but, presently, I am thankful and humbled by the enormity of Prince’s sheer prolificness.

These podcasts have have almost taken over my other passion project, No Turn Unstoned, a curated radio show of mixes I’ve been doing since 2005, as DJ Polished Solid, but I was able to create a special mix for Parade and Under The Cherry Moon (UTCM) last year in celebration of this anniversary. I also created a special mix for Vanity about a month before to celebrate her life and musical contributions.

Prince in Under The Cherry Moon

I’m also thankful that I will be speaking at the first Prince academic conference, Purple Reign: An interdisciplinary conference on the life and legacy of Prince, in May in Manchester, England about my favorite Prince film by far, Under The Cheery Moon. My talk, Under The Cherry Moon: Prince, as his most authentic self, will argue that while Prince’s second feature film is often maligned by most, the film is actually the ultimate public document of Prince as his most authentic self. We should all rejoice that this film got made AND released. Prince was notorious for shelfing projects.

I write all of this to express that producing, editing, and engineering all of the Prince and Prince-related podcasts for GFM since March 31, 2016 has simply and genuinely been a labor of love and a godsend for coping with Prince’s passing. I only do these podcasts and special mixes out of my love and reverence for Prince and his music. I only share my Prince endeavors to celebrate the joy that one man has given to so many for so long and for many more decades to come. For as long as there is breath in my body, I will continue to celebrate his life and legacy in my own small way.

I miss you dearly, my darling, Prince!