Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Paisley Park

Paisley Park, better known as Prince, was one of the hottest U.S. singer/songwriter of the 1980s. Prince’s first exposure to music came from his parents. His father John Nelson was a jazz musician, and had a trio who had their gigs. Mattie Nelson, the mother, sometimes sang for Nelson’s jazz group. Mentioning John Nelson’s trio, Prince Rogers Trio, is that this is where Prince actually came from. By the time Prince was a teenager (1970-1980s), he could sing, and play the guitar, drums, bass, piano, and saxophone. Between the age of fourteen and sixteen, Prince played with several different bands. When he was sixteen, he recorded a demo tape and sent it to the company who gave him a contract, Warner Brothers. The demo tape that Prince sent to WB is priceless because he played all of the instruments himself which he recorded each part separately; then later combining them.

Prince’s most successful album was probably 1984’s Purple Rain (Prince was 26). Prince’s fame continued into the 1990s, and his music is still popular today. This artist wrote and produced funky pop songs that had cross-genre appeal, including the top-sellers 1999, When Doves Cry and Kiss. His music is a mixture of fusion of rock, soul, funk, and blues: he became known as something of an eccentric genius. When fans adored this talented artist who dressed in high heels and finery, other people didn’t understand his taste and just didn’t watch him. Although, was so multitalented, that on many songs he played all the instruments himself. His reputation for independent thinking was reinforced in the 1990s, when he changed his name to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Prince was known as, “the funky star who recorded 1999 and changed his name to a symbol (www.answers.com).”
Between 1993- 2000 Prince’s name changed in a symbol. He was then known as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.” This symbol combined the signs for male and female. When he changed his name into that combined symbol, many questions about his sexuality evolved. What did this mean the artist was? Was he trying to tell the world something? When 2000 came, the symbol, and "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince," expired, and left Prince. It was seven years later because that was the ending of Prince and Warner Brother's contract.





Blogger hollywoodhottie said...

I thought this was very interesting...I especially liked how you talked about the symbol. My suggestions would be to maybe not use quite as dramatic font colors (the light blue is a little hard to read) and to restructure some of the sentences. Some of them are a little hard to understand.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 9:02:00 PM  
Blogger dbu_us said...

Wow. I didnt know his name until you put in your biography. So I learned something new already. A little more focus may have helped me get more out of what you were trying to say though.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

It was interesting to learn about Prince when he was young and gave me slightly more appreciation as an artist.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger maroonbox25 said...

BANGIN job!!! I really like how you added pictures, but... the font color thing doesn't work all of the time; people can find it too colorful and, therefore, unprofessional.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 8:05:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Spiegelberg said...

The third sentence needs revision. The fifth sentence isn't clear, and has grammatical issues. 1970-1980s is too big a time period to be his teenage years, should be a span of 10 years at most, 5 years is better. Get rid of the comma after "sing" in the sixth sentence. Last sentence of the paragraph, get rid of everything after "himself."

Second paragraph, don't put Prince's age in parentheses. This paragraph is unfocused. Either talk about his hit albums (italicize) and songs (quotes), or talk about the societal reception. There are some missing words as well.

Third paragraph, you should explain why he changed his name right away. This is a key piece of information, and you have it hidden in the last sentence of the paragraph. It also needs to be explained further. Why did Prince want to leave WB?

This also needs a summary paragraph.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:03:00 AM  

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