With the anniversary of his death upcoming I look back at our interactions at the beginning of his career and mine
Didn't I smuggle you an advance copy of the PRAIN album? I recall us talking about its' musical direction - way b4 the thang blew up into a cultural phenomenon. I remember the first time you visited Minneapolis - for the opening of Jam & Lewis' Flyte Time Studios. Back then, Gwen and I missed NYC/living in Bklyn so much that we got very excited whenever a friend from "home" visited us in the tundra we were still adjusting to. I remember you introducing me to Rock after a Prince show at, I think, the old Nassau Coliseum (maybe it was MSG). Look how THAT turned out! And I will always be grateful for your coaching on the scribe playing field. Kudos to Von Alexander - she did us good!
This is an incredible story from a voice I've always respected. I was first introduced to your work as a Prince fan and you've always amplified his genius with such care. As a queer music writer, Prince was my Gen X template for understanding and exploring gender fluidity. I recently wrote about the scrapped Camille album as an important moment in queer history. https://songsthatsavedyourlife.substack.com/p/no-4-if-i-was-your-girlfriend-prince