Throwback Track Thursday: “Raspberry Beret” – Prince

To get more of my musical memories and musings in a place I can look back to, I’m trying to write more on that site. To help with the inspirations behind the moments, I am challenging myself to at least post on specific days, leaving random musically-related musings to be posted at whim. So starting this year, I have opted to co-opt the ubiquitous Throwback Thursday hashtag trend into a Throwback Track Thursday on this site.

Today’s #ThrowbackTrackThursday is one I dedicate to the phenomenon that is Prince. Admittedly, his name comes to mind today in particular while I listened to Justin Timberlake’s new track “Filthy”… and the beats and bass suggested the influence of his Purpleness to me for reasons perhaps only my aural memories can explain. Of the many tracks Prince influenced, inspired, and wrote… “Raspberry Beret” is the one I choose for today. Because not only was the original track a fond memory of my younger self, but it has also generated great covers by artists I dig in their own rights as well. See: Hindu Love Gods. Matt Nathanson. Chris Martin.

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Rainy Days

The weather outside is cold and wet, the rain reminding me of songs in my music listening history that are about the sometimes inclement weather. Here are ten songs about rain that came to mind, in no particular order: 

  1. East 17 – “Let It Rain”
  2. Prince – “Purple Rain”
  3. Bruno Mars – “It Will Rain”
  4. The Beatles – “Rain”
  5. Wide Mouth Mason – “Midnight Rain”
  6. Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain”
  7. Blind Melon – “No Rain”
  8. Nelson – “After The Rain”
  9. Wide Mouth Mason – “Rained Out Parade”
  10. Eddie Rabbit – “I Love A Rainy Night”