RIP Prince, One Year On

“It’s really hard to watch other musicians, because you tend to — you know, it’s like a painting you want to make straight or whatever. You just hear music like you hear it. It doesn’t mean that what they’re doing isn’t of merit. I just hear music different, that’s all.”
— Prince, on The Arsenio Hall Show, March 5, 2014

And lucky us, we got to eavesdrop on a little bit of how Prince heard music, in the form of all the amazing songs and performances he gave us.

After Prince’s death last year, a whole host of homages sprung up all over the place. In addition to the inevitable concerts and articles and murals, people showed their love in more unusual ways as well. A couple that I came across were based in the Midwest from which Prince came.

prince crop art

Prince crop art at the Minnesota State Fair, 2016

 

prince christmas lights park ridge

Prince homage in a Christmas lights display in Park Ridge, Illinois

Prince is dead. Long live Prince.

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One of the Best Street Art Corners in Chicago

I went to Chicago this weekend, visiting friends and family I hadn’t seen for a year. I had a wonderful time catching up over delicious meals and drinks, especially as the weather gradually warmed up to proper August temperatures. I didn’t have much time on my own, but Thursday afternoon I went back to my old neighborhood, and I finally took some pictures of an art studio I’d seen from the el but never found on the ground before. Here are some shots of the great paintings I found there.

Near the California blue line stop, in case you want to find this corner for yourself

Near the California blue line stop, in case you want to find this corner for yourself

Ferrets! Right?

Ferrets! Right?

It's not where you're from, it's where you're going (I wonder how many people leave them notes about the "your")

It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re going (I wonder how many people leave them notes about the “your”)

This looks especially cool as the el is coming in from the city at twilight

This looks especially cool as the el is coming in from the city at twilight