Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life…
But could he have anticipated the heights to which fellow singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer would take this most understandable of impulses?
As with Strung Out In Heaven, her five-track tribute to the recently deceased David Bowie, Palmer teamed with a string quartet and pop polymath producer Jherek Bischoff. The quick turnaround result is both lush and heartfelt.
With no disrespect, hopefully Palmer’s exquisite string elegies will not become a thing.
In other words, we all have rock stars whose passing we dread as an indicator of our own mortality….
The proceeds from the name-your-price purchase of Palmer’s “Purple Rain” will be donated to Elevate Hope Foundation, the non-profit project co-founded by frequent Prince collaborator, Sheila E, to provide music therapy for abused and abandoned children.
We want connection but disagree about the wires, the channels, the ingredients.
After he passed, she showed more restraint in an interview with Pitchfork, in which she shared some personal recollections about Prince’s role in her (electric word) life.