Noah Baerman, a friend who is a composer, musician and university educator in Connecticut, USA, reminded his people that today is the fifth anniversary of the death of the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and dancer, Prince (1958-2016).
As Baerman often does, he accompanied his message with a top-ten list of favourite Prince tracks. I love reading his lists… they are illuminating, insightful, beautifully human and, often, amusing.
I can’t say I know Prince’s discography intimately, but I was surprised to learn he had recorded a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” from her 1971 album, Blue. Other artists and bands who’ve covered the song include Tori Amos, k.d. lang, Sloan, Diana Krall, Paula Cole, Brandi Carlile and many others (according to Wikipedia, there are 300 recordings of the song).
Prince’s stylized retitling of the song to “A Case of U” appears on his 2002 album, One Nite Alone (Solo Piano and Voice by Prince). As my friend states in his post, Prince was well known for his guitar work, but his piano playing on the piece is “exquisite.” And his high vocal treats the song’s poeticism beautifully.
I’ve featured Prince on this blog twice before: first with “Sometimes It Snows in April,” from the companion performance album One Nite Alone… Live! (Note: one year after that post, yes, it snowed again in April!). Later, I posted “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” another live recording in which Prince plays the most stunning guitar solo in a supergroup rendition of the Beatles hit composed by George Harrison (1943-2001). Check out both posts if you haven’t read them before; the songs are remarkable.
Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the audio from Prince’s official YouTube channel:
Full, unofficial lyrics are available courtesy of Genius.com.