Rest in peace sweet Prince: Thank you for changing my music life

I was working at a summer school program as a volunteer back after my freshman year in college. One of the perks of this volunteer position was that we got a chance to go to the local library every week. This was a great chance for the kids to read but for me to also check out their media section and borrow movies and CDs.

This one afternoon I saw a copy of “Purple Rain” and I grabbed it. I had heard of Prince but wasn’t very familiar with his music at all. I took that CD home, burned it onto my desktop and held on to it. When I listened to it, I was floored by the different sounds and how everything was seemingly magical. I wanted more. The guitar solo on “Computer Blue” remains to me as one of the most powerful things I had ever heard in music. “I Would Die 4 U” was a lyrical masterpiece to this very day still takes me to another state of mind. “Purple Rain” was the perfect album. It remains perfect. It is untouchable — just like Prince.

Rest in peace, Prince.

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My top 5 choices for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show

The NFL has not officially announced the act for Super Bowl 50. The halftime show is a very important part of the Super Bowl experience and even though we’ve had some hits (Beyonce) and misses (Black Eyed Peas) in recent years, I would like to think that for this 50th Super Bowl, the league would find an artist perfect for the occasion.

There is speculation that Carrie Underwood might be the best option and I don’t mind her at all. But her music isn’t my style. In fact, I think there are better options out there. Here are my choices (in no particular order) of who I would like to see perform at the Super Bowl.

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Let’s hope this Super Bowl halftime show is good

Now that was a halftime show performance. (Too bad this video doesn’t have Purple Rain). I have been OK with halftime shows in recent years. Some good performances like Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and even Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers make this thing really cool. Then again, I love classic rock.

But last year’s nonsense from the Black Eyed Peas and some years back, Britney Spears, ‘NSYNC and Nelly really killed my ears.

This year, we have Madonna doing the set and I am sure she’ll put on a good show. Her last song is “Like a Prayer” which clearly is a PG version of her more famous “Like a Virgin”. But whatever.

What I like at Super Bowl halftime shows is an artist with history and classic tunes. This is the perfect opportunity for just that. And maybe one day, we’ll get a legendary show like this.