When Prince last played Essence Festval in 2004, he played a hits-oriented show. When he returned last night, the hits formed the backbone of a much richer musical experience. He was expansive and adventurous as he added such deep cuts as the encore “Days of Wild,” “Partyman” from Batman and “Sometimes it Snows in April” from Parade.
[Updated] I was sad to learn that soul legend Bobby Womack passed away Friday. I interviewed him for almost an hour before he played Jazz Fest this year. That story is online here, and in it he denies that he was living with Alzheimer's Disease, and contended that a reporter who didn't get a joke started that rumor.
The yearly list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is an annual invitation to think about rock 'n' roll history, who mattered, what mattered, and what halls of fame are all about. For the last few years, I've dealt with the depressing reality that no matter how genres cross today (as they always have, really), Chic has been on the outside looking in.
This has been a good week for me since this website's now live, but it's hard to feel too celebratory when so many good people at The Times-Picayune lost their jobs. It was more touching than I expected when employees updated their Facebook status on the Friends of the Times-Picayune group as "-30-": end of the story.