I featured some Dave Perillo recently and when I saw this I had to post it! This Starfleet PSA pretty much states the obvious!
Sigh. Between David Bowie and now Prince, it’s turning into a rotten year for lovers of incredible pop music. So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of pop legend Prince today. I had heard he was sick recently and was treated and released from a hospital, so hearing that he had passed was a sad shock.
I remember being mildly intrigued by Prince when he first appeared on the scene in the 80’s. He was a bit odd, and had a defiant but flirtatious sensuality in his music. I wasn’t much into the casual and sometimes dirty sex references in his songs, but his psychedelic/blues/rock style of playing and his metallic Beau Brummel style and James Brown moves were so alluring. In time he drew me in more and more. And the guitar shredding!! Jimi Hendrix was surely smiling down from heaven when Prince first tore the opening chords of When Doves Cry? And who could resist a fine young, slightly androgynous man seductively crawling out of a bathtub to invite you in?
Prince was a prolific writer; not only songs for himself, but for many others. Remember “Love, Thy Will Be Done” by Martika, or Stand Back by Stevie Nicks? Just a small sample. A brilliant musician, Prince could play 27 instruments, and in his genius he knew precisely which ones to use and combine to make a perfect melody. But in the cloud of his techno-funk, one forgets that all he needed was a guitar. You’ll love this simple unplugged acoustic set he did for MTV; I love how he plays off the audience.
Prince was a private person, not out of arrogance or pride, but just because he felt (and rightly so) it was his music that mattered. When asked if it was okay for him to sing in the pouring rain at Super Bowl LXI, he said “Can you make it rain more?” This is an astonishing performance, and couldn’t have been better if the rain has been specially ordered.
You might have noticed there that Prince riffed some Jimi Hendrix there, for he was an apostle of all types of music; funk, r& b, soul, rock, reggae, pop, jazz, everything. When he played, he was the instrument. And here, he made a surprising and blistering solo for While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame ( It starts at 3:33) Look at Dhani grin!
He is gone way too soon. His catalog of music is unfinished; there are purported over 100 unfinished songs). In the next few days you’ll hear many of his songs from nearly 4 decades of musical genius. It may make you sad now to know that there will be no more. But there’s no better way to honor his memory than to crank up the following and dance, dance, dance!
Good Night Sweet Prince. <3 I hope you’re jamming with Jimi.
Since I’ve had a awful head cold this week, I took a little time to make another Nimoy picture with the Cross Stitch World Game on Facebook. This is one of my favorite photos of him ever! Well, back to more fluids and rest! <3
To all my Fellow New York State residents:
(Of course I had to do a little homage to Leonard <3 )
Good Lord! I thought as I first saw this incredible shirt picture — what disco did Leonard just boogie out of? But on closer inspection, I could see that the images on the shirt are a marvelous collage of Aubrey Beardsley illustrations from the Oscar Wilde illustrated play of Salome. The gowned image on his right (your left) elbow is a portion of a piece that lists the artwork in the book. On his left (your right) elbow is a devilish hermaphrodite. On his upper right shoulder is ‘The Climax“. These are actually some of the less graphic designs in the book, which you can see here. Beardsley could be quite bizarre, creepy and controversial, but often beautiful too. Incredible stuff.
I’m guessing this picture was taken not in the disco era, but a but earlier, say 1969-71, when there was a revival bloom in the rediscovery of Beardsley artwork (probably brought on by the Psychedelic movement). If there are any more pictures from this shoot, I’d love to see them. Leonard definitely had his own style though! Groove on!
Sorry I’m late this week, but work is getting busier, and on Monday I had the pleasure of seeing Bernie Sanders at a rally in my home town!
For this week, I found this wonderful rare promo shot of Leonard posing with the (mighty handsome) designer of the Galileo shuttlecraft designer, Gene Winfield!
Artist Dave Perillo is known for his marvelous and very witty retro-style pieces. Here he tackles a redshirt’s nightmare in “Expendable”. I love this so much! More please Sir!
I LOVE this picture that Nichelle Nichols posted recently! Maybe this is the Tribble version of The Tonight Show’s ‘Pup Quiz’ except when you get the answer right you get a Tribble! I hope I can meet her someday — I did see her at the Star Trek Bi-Centennial 10 Convention in 1976, but of course I was out of film by then!!! Love you Girl! That looks like a designer leopard tribble! <3