Saturday, April 18, 2015

#AtoZ Letter P

released in 1984
by Prince

I have to apologize. This version from You Tube is not very good.

A young man with a talent for music has begun a career with much promise. He meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, and finds that talent alone isn't all that he needs. A complicated tale of his repeating his father's self destructive behavior, losing Apollonia to another singer (Morris Day), and his coming to grips with his own connection to other people ensues.

The movie preview;

I never had the pleasure of watching this movie. Has any seen it? What did you think of it?


  1. Never seen it, but I love the song! I'm pretty sure my sister had the soundtrack on tape. I borrowed most of her Prince tapes, despite being too young, perhaps, for some of the lyrical content.

  2. I did see the movie - a couple of times. He appears super arrogant to begin with. But I realized he was a megalomaniac with an inferiority complex. And angry! So angry! His Dad beats his Mom and that's the background on his anger and destructive behavior. Walks in on his Dad shooting himself. It's a big mess until he can work out the demons in his head.

    His band adores him but tire of his selfishness and destructiveness. At the final hour he turns around and sees himself for who he is and what he has become,. H can no longer blame it on anyone. He's the one making the wrong choices. He decides to do a final song and leave music. He surprises his band by choosing a song they've originated, that he's embellished on. It is that song, "Purple Rain" that begins his career, but at the time of the performance he has no idea anyone will even listen anymore to his music.

    "Purple Rain" refers to the shower of blood he observes as his Dad blows his brains out in the basement. The movie does not show the scene. You simply see Prince coming around the corner, and looking to speak to his Dad. Prince finds a huge stash of music sheets where his Dad has been secretly composing music for years... during his long look at the music and trying to organize the pages... he somehow finds himself.

    It's strange but interesting. Even today he's a bit quirky but much more relaxed and recovered from the insanity that was his childhood.

    Sorry for the long comment.

  3. I have never heard of this film, but I love the song.

    Thanks to Dixie for explaining the story :-) It does sound quite interesting and poignant.

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

  4. This is the weekend before the last full week of A to Z. You’re amazing for staying with us this long. Thanks for your commitment. You’re almost there. This event only happens once a year, so get ready for the home stretch!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    P is for Paranormal Vs. Supernatural

  5. I love that song! I don't think I've ever seen the movie, though. Thanks for the lovely music <3

  6. Not my kind of music I'm afraid. I have seen bits of the movie though.

  7. Sorry, never saw the movie. I'm not a Prince fan, but he sure was popular at one time.

  8. I saw it at the theater when it first came out. My parents took us--I don't think they knew what it was. They probably thought it was just going to be two hours of him singing. I recall it was a little dark in places...and that Prince couldn't act. Even as a teen, I could see that!

  9. I LOVE this film! You must watch it, it's hilariously bad :)