Integrity – A Prince Music Petition

My mentor was quite litigious. He was quick to launch a lawyer through your bathroom window if he so much as thought you were even thinking of stepping out of line with his *isht. I found it annoying and slightly bonkers that someone with little if any trust in the government or judicial system had so many lawyers in his back pocket. But they were there and always ready to pounce in defense of his art.

I initially thought, why waste so much money paying people to ward off access to any chance of attracting a new fan base? How could we convince all of these young listeners of how great he was when their target was YouTube, and that avenue was off limits? Every time we approached that type of platform, we were shot down, and all of our ammo was confiscated. But I started to think, maybe for him, it wasn’t so much about getting the money, as it was about not being taken advantage of. He wanted it to be known; This art does not belong to you to do as you see fit. And you will not profit off of me sharing my story without discussing it with me first. I believe that is how he strongly felt. That’s just a matter of respect. Anyone would want that. I get that, but it has made it difficult to share the reason for our love and devotion with newbies. So over the years, long-time Prince fans have become very protective of the charms he has cast, and the blessings he bestowed upon us. This is why I jumped ready, finger on the trigger, when I received the link to this petition.

Petitioning The Estate Of Prince Rogers Nelson – Please handle any posthumous Prince releases with care.

I’m signing this petition because it would be seen as disrespectful and even blasphemous for anyone to add an extra brush stroke to a Monet, Picasso, Degas or Dali, and I feel that it would be equally desecrating to defile Prince’s art with the creative whims of another.

No matter who they are, or how good a musician or engineer they are, they are not, and never will be Prince. In his art, he was the creator, and for me, if his creation is altered in any way by another, it is rendered contaminated and no longer pure–thus its value diminished. Please know that this is not acceptable. I want his words and music, not someone else’s interpretation of them, touted as his. I would rather stick with what I already have, because I at least know he approved of its existence.

We can like and respect other artists who have worked with Prince. We may even love and appreciate them as individual artists, but please know that even that is an individual choice, with no promise of automatic universal acceptance. In plain English, we were not here 4 U. And just because he liked you, by no means are we obligated to. I loved everything Prince was, even the things I didn’t like. Everything was defining, not just the music. I valued his spirituality, thoughts, ideas, ideals, dreams and aspirations. And he shared them all through his music. Therefore, the slightest change could stray from his original message.

I beg that you please uphold the integrity of his art, and not allow one word to be altered or a single note to be tarnished.

-Live 4 Love 💜

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A World of Never Ending Happiness

Never Ending Hapiness
The circumstances behind Prince’s passing are still being mapped out, and I’m still waiting for closure. I saw a post on Twitter from QuestLove saying that we should read every single word in the song “Let’s Go Crazy”. Prince has always been seen as cryptic, but it’s just so intense right now. Given the current state of things, it’s actually rather haunting.

 

 

I’ve listened to this song thousands of times, and even mulled over the lyrics back when it was released. We always talked about his cryptic nature, and I was ok with that. I did my best to decipher everything, and try to understand–make sense of it in my own way.

4/21/2016 I Lost My Mentor Prince


4/21/16

I just wanted 2 say thank U 2 everyone who offered their sentiments about my mentor Prince. I apologize 4 not being able 2 receive ur communications right away. At the moment I am still unable 2 conjure my own existence 2 speak on his. 💔 Without knowledge, this wonderful man has held me down since my mom passed when I was in my teens. I’m in my 50’s now. The fruits of his tree have nourished my spiritual journey 4 over 3 decades.

I’m so earthshakingly devastated that I can’t breathe. I waited 4 a response 2 my tweet 2 him, that would allow me 2 breathe again, but it did not come. I have not taken a sacred breath in 5 days because I felt the centrifugal force he talked about in “One Song”, shifting him back to 1.

I am broken now. But all that I learned from him is still with me. I will never let go. In my world mentor, U R 4ever. My love is 4ever. 💜
“It won’t be long before the second coming… All of God’s children must learn how 2 love.” -Prince 1982

Thank u 4 sharing so much. ✨

“Sacred is the prayer that asks 4 nothing, while seeking 2 give thanks 4 every breath we take. Blessed are we inside this prayer, 4 in the new world we will be there. The only love there is, is the love we make.” -Prince 1996

😢 So devastated and damaged.

Who Should Boycott the Oscars?

Standing Guard 2 Oscars
Someone asked me today if I was going to boycott the 2016 Oscars. Who am I to boycott the Oscars? I’m not an actress. I don’t in any way benefit from its existence nor would I from its demise. But if I had to contemplate who I think should, specifically when it comes to fair representation, I would say it should definitely not be just one group of people.

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Star Wars: The Mad Dash Awakens

The new Star Wars Movie came out today. Unfortunately, I’m a catastrophic disaster when it comes to making plans to do things within a group. So I figured I would probably miss this one entirely, or end up waiting until it comes out on Netflix… my current obsession.

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The Persecution of the Red Cup

Persecute : to treat (someone) cruelly or unfairly especially because of race or religious or political beliefs : to constantly annoy or bother (someone) #ItsJustACup

https://natasharamsey.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/persecution/

I truly appreciated this post by Natasha Ramsey. I had to share it. People are just so out of control. There are more dire things to fight for. So many prayers need to go out to our brothers and sisters in Paris right now. This is where our energies should be directed. There is such an abundance of ugliness and hatred, and you would think that this is where Christians would want to have the strongest presence. The red Starbucks cups represent the recognition of diversity. That is the most humane, most Christian way to see it.
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iPhoto Fail and the Lost Limb

Outside of soul nourishment and spiritual fulfillment, there are few things more rewarding than realizing a goal. On April 26th, I finally finish my first knitted Pullover… with the added strip sleeves. I remember the day I started this project and decided that it would require sleeves (Sleeves Required), then subsequently realized that sleeves were my Kryptonite. Oh the drama that ensued (There’s A Light). Now my mission is finally complete.Strip Art Sleeve Knit Pullover with Mesh Knit ScarfMe in Strip Art Sleeve Pullover Continue reading