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Strawberrylova
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Diffuser.FM article about "I Wonder" by Prince

'I Wonder’ Leaves One of Prince’s Greatest Valentine’s Un-Mailed: 365 Prince Songs in a Year


by Keith Creighton

October 7, 2017 9:27 AM


To celebrate the incredibly prolific, influential and diverse body of work left behind by Prince, we will be exploring a different song of his each day for an entire year with the series, 365 Orince Songs In A Year.


“I Wonder” is a track from Prince’s legendary vault that opens a Pandora’s box of potential debate within fan circles. For starters, the track isn’t “I Wonder U” from the Parade album. According to PrinceVault, it was recorded a few years later in 1990 or 1991.


The song itself, spare on instrumentation and heavy on Prince’s multi-tracked vocals, is one of the most outwardly romantic in Prince’s catalog. In the verse Prince joyously sings, “I wonder if she knows how much I love her,” and, if the lyrics are autobiographical, the potential story behind the tracks hints at darker clouds.

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To read the full article, please see:

http://diffuser.fm/prince-i-wonder/

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Reply #1 posted 10/08/17 12:42pm

Strawberrylova
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Thanks for the edit lol
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Reply #2 posted 10/08/17 3:16pm

kingricefan

I just heard this song yesterday for the first time. It's exquisite! I love the layered vocals! The sound is crystal clear on this version, too.

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Reply #3 posted 10/08/17 3:26pm

bsprout

Thanks for posting. This is such a great song.
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Reply #4 posted 10/08/17 4:00pm

anangellooksdo
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Spent a little time finally looking at this series. Thanks , Strawberry.
~Paisley Park is in your heart~
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Reply #5 posted 10/08/17 4:10pm

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anangellooksdown said:

Spent a little time finally looking at this series. Thanks , Strawberry.

Ur welcome wink
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Reply #6 posted 10/08/17 5:13pm

kingricefan

I've learned some nice little tidbits about Prince songs reading what diffuser has written about them. They've been wrong once or twice but overall the articles have been spot on.

anangellooksdown said:

Spent a little time finally looking at this series. Thanks , Strawberry.

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Reply #7 posted 10/08/17 5:29pm

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I like this series but I wasn't crazy about them calling Anna and Mayte blank slates and implying their last names being the same was part of the appeal to Prince. Anna and Mayte couldn't be more different in terms of cultural background. In fact, Anna is part sicilian and british. (so the Garcia last name was probably a coincidence...he convinced Anna to change her name after all) Its a funny thing but according to Anna, Lemon Crush was based on her love of all things lemon and Prince getting her Lemon Crush for the first time. They weren't just blank slates. They were people. He noticed things about these young women; their quirks, idiosyncracies, blossoming professional development (anna had some experience and her mom was a singer, mayte had dancing experience obviously) . Their innocence and youth was obviously appealing to him as well. BUt, I like to think it wasn't just because he was some horny, insecure, and controlling dude who liked virgins [Rock stars getting virgins usually doesn't require the kind of waiting around/patience from said rock star and career favors that these young ladies received. A rock star could just grab some random, pretty, barely-legal groupie and ask for her I.D. card or just screw an under-aged girl and pay off their family for their silence] but more so because he thought they were charming young women seemingly lacking in maliciousness, cynicism, or calculating natures [dude might have been a bit naive about 18 year old girls and going through an early midlife crisis that never entirely ended.....LOL.) I am not trying to romanticize those relationships really or even condone them; I just happen to think he romanticized those relationshps himself--at least for a little while-- and thought a young woman whose given the good life (and groomed to fit into his lifestyle) would stick around. Mayte did. Anna smartly did not (when he was unfaithful>)

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kingricefan said:

I've learned some nice little tidbits about Prince songs reading what diffuser has written about them. They've been wrong once or twice but overall the articles have been spot on.

anangellooksdown said:

Spent a little time finally looking at this series. Thanks , Strawberry.

[Edited 10/8/17 17:56pm]

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Reply #8 posted 10/08/17 6:18pm

Strawberrylova
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purplerabbithole said:

I like this series but I wasn't crazy about them calling Anna and Mayte blank slates and implying their last names being the same was part of the appeal to Prince. Anna and Mayte couldn't be more different in terms of cultural background. In fact, Anna is part sicilian and british. (so the Garcia last name was probably a coincidence...he convinced Anna to change her name after all) Its a funny thing but according to Anna, Lemon Crush was based on her love of all things lemon and Prince getting her Lemon Crush for the first time. They weren't just blank slates. They were people. He noticed things about these young women; their quirks, idiosyncracies, blossoming professional development (anna had some experience and her mom was a singer, mayte had dancing experience obviously) . Their innocence and youth was obviously appealing to him as well. BUt, I like to think it wasn't just because he was some horny, insecure, and controlling dude who liked virgins [Rock stars getting virgins usually doesn't require the kind of waiting around/patience from said rock star and career favors that these young ladies received. A rock star could just grab some random, pretty, barely-legal groupie and ask for her I.D. card or just screw an under-aged girl and pay off their family for their silence] but more so because he thought they were charming young women seemingly lacking in maliciousness, cynicism, or calculating natures [dude might have been a bit naive about 18 year old girls and going through an early midlife crisis that never entirely ended.....LOL.) I am not trying to romanticize those relationships really or even condone them; I just happen to think he romanticized those relationshps himself--at least for a little while-- and thought a young woman whose given the good life (and groomed to fit into his lifestyle) would stick around. Mayte did. Anna smartly did not (when he was unfaithful>)







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kingricefan said:


I've learned some nice little tidbits about Prince songs reading what diffuser has written about them. They've been wrong once or twice but overall the articles have been spot on.



anangellooksdown said:


Spent a little time finally looking at this series. Thanks , Strawberry.





[Edited 10/8/17 17:56pm]


Yeah anna, mayte, and carmen have different looks
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Reply #9 posted 10/08/17 8:19pm

Identity

I don't find anything uniquely interesting about the song, although it would've made a really good B-side in years past.

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Reply #10 posted 10/08/17 8:44pm

leecaldon

This song was on the menu of a bootleg DVD I used to watch a lot around 2004. I never knew anything about the song, including its name, but always loved it. Finally discovered more about it because of this topic!

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Reply #11 posted 10/09/17 10:30am

RodeoSchro

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I love this song so much. I'm trying to work up a solo acoustic version to play but I'm having a hard time making it sound good because it's not easy to match those vocals. I need some cool back-up singers!

At any rate, this song is one of my favorites. It always makes me happy.

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Reply #12 posted 10/09/17 4:47pm

EddieC

I've always loved this song, and I occasionally play it out of nowhere by itself and sing snippets of it to myself pretty regularly--but I was surprised when I played it after this thread and reading the article. My wife, who isn't a particularly huge Prince fan, was singing along by at least the beginning of the first chorus, pretty strongly. So that was cool--and I guess I've played the song more than I realized.

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Reply #13 posted 10/10/17 3:52am

gandorb

Definitely a favorite of mine. About as radio ready as any of the boots.
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Reply #14 posted 10/10/17 7:52am

TheFman

definitely one of the favorites here.
(but radio-ready it's not by a mile, it need a remixed intro just like Moonbeam levels could have used. Like The Reflex by Duran Duran did)

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Reply #15 posted 10/11/17 12:02pm

AnnaSantana

That song is PHENOMENAL. Prince sang the hell out of it. I know every single word.
Just fun....nothing ethereal.
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