Piano and a Microphone was the name of the concert and he performed each song on the piano. It was serendipity that I attended Prince’s last concert before he passed on to the next life.
My cousin Flora called me with a chance to snag a ticket to the postponed concert and I debated but ultimately decided that I should start getting out and seeing more of what Atlanta has to offer.
The Last Prince Concert: A Piano and a Microphone
I started on this drawing the night before he passed on for a blog post about the concert I had attended the week prior at the Fox in Atlanta. It is still a WIP but so far includes ink, water soluble crayons and colored pencils. I hope that he would be pleased.
It was wonderful to watch him play the piano and dance at the same time. To see him and his afro at the piano on the smoky stage with a ginormous slideshow in the background of portraits and photos of him I had not ever seen was a treat.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had the opportunity to go with a diehard Prince fan; he and I were not disappointed. Prince did not appear any less than his usual energetic and vibrant self. I took note of how slender he was when most people I know are getting wider as they mature.
I expected that he would be one of the greats that lived to be an elderly man. This reminds me that we have no idea when the day and the hour is for any of us to leave these earthly bodies and report to the Office to see the Big Boss.
My First Prince Concert
My love of Prince goes back to the early 80’s. My Dad and I went to see him in concert at the Masonic Temple in Detroit with Morris Day and The Time. It was my first concert and he was electrifying. There was smoke and a bed that emerged from the floor of the stage and he played “Why Don’t You Call Me Anymore?” as the finale on piano. It was a lovely memory on many levels.
My dream of marrying him and having his children is crushed. Can’t even write him the letter I planned to write about how I hoped he would return his music to stream on Rhapsody like it used to be.
I learned a lot from Prince and I credit him for some of the tendencies I have to be true to my preferences and not care at all what other people think of me. I hope I see him again in the next life. Maybe he can teach me the piano.