Prince Fans Wild With Excitement Over His Return To Essence Fest (Radio piece for WWNO/NPR. June 2014)


Dearly beloved, we will gather at Essence Music Festival on July 4th to get down with this man named Prince. Electric word “Prince” — it means “genius” and that’s a mighty big title, but I’m here to tell you: nothing compares to The Purple One.

“I don’t have a favorite era. It’s like saying ‘Which is your favorite child.’ Different eras, different songs fit different parts of your life, so I can’t say I have a favorite.”

That’s Lisa Heisser, a true Prince superfan.

“I like the song ‘Do Me Baby’ because it’s the first one I ever heard, as a young girl, 15, on the radio — and I was shocked, and I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ And then I thought, ‘Who is that? I’ve got to hear more.’”

Lisa’s husband Glenn Heisser totally agrees: “I was there from Soft And Wet in 1978,” he says. “I heard that song and said it was awesome. Back then he was real freaky and real sexual and he’s changed — and I’ve changed! We kinda grew up together, and that’s why I love him so much.”

Prince may be the last real rock star — at least the last who knows the meaning of mystique. He’s been unfortunately successful at scrubbing his music almost entirely off of YouTube. For many years you couldn’t even get his music on iTunes. That’s only just about to change. Around the same time as the 2014 Essence Festival, Prince will finally release a digitally remastered deluxe edition of the Purple Rain soundtrack, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer.            CLICK HERE to read the rest.

Or click >><< 2 hear the audio, which features about 6 Prince songs!

Or check out Prince’s new all-girl band playing “She’s Always In My Hair”: 

 

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