Sheila E. releases powerful anti-Trump album

Sheila E.'s Iconic album coverSheila E. has released a powerful new album, Iconic: Message 4 America, one of the best musical efforts in reaction to a catastrophic presidency and poisonous social climate. Rooted in the socially conscious music of the 60s and 70s, the album aims to reclaim that era’s spirit and its fight for justice. Americans seem to be helplessly watching the most corrupt, self-serving, and dangerous presidency in the history of the republic. Who do you appeal to when the authorities themselves renege on their role to protect basic values? Iconic sends a message to inspire Americans to band together, rise up, and force a change. The album could rightly be called the soundtrack for a movement. Continue reading →

Prince and the opening of Paisley Park

Paisley Park gala openingI had the opportunity to tour Prince‚Äôs Paisley Park studio on October 6. The Chanhassen City Council angered fans across the world by refusing at the last minute to issue a business permit, throwing plans into disarray for thousands of people who had purchased tickets. Bowing to pressure, the city issued a temporary permit allowing Paisley Park to open to the public for just three days, on October 6, 8 and 14. I felt doubly privileged to be able to take the tour. Not only did I feel privileged to see the space where Prince expressed his creativity for three decades, but I felt lucky to experience it when future plans remain uncertain. (Hopefully, the council will eventually do the right thing and allow Paisley Park to operate as a museum.) Continue reading →

Prince: the concert experience of a lifetime

Prince ticketThe three Prince concerts in L.A. on March 28 made this the musical event of the year. It was a phenomenal experience, and I have just one word: genius.

Three of us from Gemini Soul drove down from the Bay Area Friday morning. Andre has been an ardent fan since the first album, For You, and knows every obscure fact and song. Alex had never been to a Prince concert; Purple Rain came out before he was born. I fall somewhere in the middle of those two. All three of us were blown away. Continue reading →