THING #14: PURPLE RAIN (a cover with Jherek Bischoff)
Jherek recorded the strings live in L.A., and I cut the vocal for this song in a huge converted church in Hudson, NY. I found myself thinking, as we started recording, that the entire experience of Prince could be summed up by those first two lines of “Let’s Go Crazy” (which we decided to mash into our arrangement, because why not). It sums up, perhaps, the experience of any human who tries to hammer out some offering that can become to soundtrack of our lives; the music to which we can dance and sing and scream ourselves clean. The mantra, basically, of any artist who humbly stands before an audience and offers their voice:
Dearly Beloved. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.
Thank you, Prince. With your music in our ears, we will hopefully punch a higher floor.