Legacy of Love
Kindred the Family Soul
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Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57
By JON PARELES from NY Times APRIL 21, 2016
Couldn't resist posting this shot from 2013 at The Shrine in Chicago of Fatin, Aja and me (Dedry Jones)
Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died Thursday at his residence, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn., according to a statement from his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure. He was 57.
No cause of death has been given. In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m.: “When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.” The sheriff’s office said it would continue to investigate his death.
Last week, responding to news reports that Prince’s plane had made an emergency landing because of a health scare, Ms. Noel-Schure said Prince was “fighting the flu.
Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, was a man bursting with music — a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop, even as his music defied genres. In a career that lasted from the late 1970s until an arena tour this year, he was acclaimed as a sex symbol, a musical prodigy and an artist who shaped his career his way, often battling with accepted music-business practices.
“When I first started out in the music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to,” he said when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. In a tribute to George Harrison that night, Prince went on to play a guitar solo in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that left the room floored.
Prince’s Top 10 hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”; albums like “Dirty Mind,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times” were full-length statements. His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan. With the 1984 film and album “Purple Rain,” Prince told a fictionalized version of his own story: biracial, gifted, spectacularly ambitious. Its music won him an Academy Award and the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone....To continue reading click here.
Music is so engrained in our lives that you can often recall moments
in your life based on your music memories.
I vividly remember the first time I heard music by Kindred The
Family Soul. I was on my way to the studio to sit in on the session
of a group that wanted me to manage them. As I was parking at
the studio, Far Away came on the radio. I couldn’t get out of the car.
The song was that good. And that is a moment that I will never forget.
It was my first Kindred moment.
It’s not about when I first met them.
It’s not about when I first heard them sing “live”.
It’s not about when I realized that we would be friends.
It is that very first moment.
My Kindred moment.
In the car. In the parking lot.
The moment I first heard Far Away.
I never thought it could get better than that. But I think now, I may have another Kindred moment. And that moment happened when I heard the CD, Legacy of Love. With this release, their best release to date, Kindred The Family Soul has added to their legacy as artists who aren’t scared to share intimate moments of their lives. They have also shown us that they embody what they sing when they start this project with what may be three of the BEST words I have heard at the beginning of a CD when they sing the words “Love is radical…” What a glorious way to begin.
Legacy of Love’s first single All My People is one of those songs of hope that just make you feel good. “If there’s enough for one, there’s enough for two… Sharing is a virtue, show folks where you stand, lend a hand when you can to your fellow man…” This what we need to hear. More importantly, this is what we need to do.
The title track of the CD, Legacy of Love says so much in just a few words. It tells where the heart of Kindred The Family Soul lays. This is the song that would sound perfect on radio (says this person who never listens to radio LoL). It just feels comfortable, easy and so in the groove. And it speaks to what this entire recording is about “…as long as we touch one heart.”
I look at Another One and Moving On as two songs paired as one. They basically end the album and are their placement is perfect. Another One’s lyrics are very visual for me and makes this my favorite track on the CD. Add the scratches. Add the guitar. This is why I say The Music Experience celebrates real music. This song is part of my celebration.
“Like a needle on a record or a needle to the skin something else pumps out when something else pumps in, it could be blood or fill the sound system with a fly melody, lyrics and rhythm.”
The feel of Moving On following Another One fits perfectly; which is why I think of these songs as one. The lyrics of Moving On does what it says as it 'shows the world it’s story. The joy and the pain of the past still keeps Kindred strong and still they keep moving on'.
And that is why I love this album. Every song.
That is why I feel that I know this is their best recording.
That is why I have so much love for Kindred.
They put their hearts and souls into this project and we should all thank them for sharing this with each of us. Kindred, Aja and Fatin, I reiterate what you sing, “there is nobody like you”.
written by dedry jones