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Funkyalien

Prince songs about bereavement (playlist)

I suddenly lost my father-in-law recently, and me and my wife are inconsolable. I reach out to the old hands who know of me here, and the new ones who don't because i seldom post. My wife loves Prince, and I was thinking if we could cook up a Prince playlist of serious bereavement songs, or songs which sound like bereavement, since Prince would often treat breakups as death too, and feel all cut up about it.

9 songs will do, the classic prince LP formula, with an epic at the end or the beginning. I feel he never should have veered away from that formula, regardless of audio release format, since it helped him edit his output better. But I digress...

1. Sometimes it snows in april?

(not an opener? feel free to change)

2. Old Friends For Sale

(heh. don't know)

3. Purple Rain sounds like god has died and you've smoked his ashes, but I don't know...

Guys help me out here. Live cuts welcome too, but 9 song playlist only. Each song can be 30 minutes, time no bar.....multiple playlists welcome...

Funky alien
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Reply #1 posted 11/22/20 12:58pm

SexyMuthaF

My condolences. I'd go with The Holy River and The Ladder, they give me strength and clarity.
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Reply #2 posted 11/22/20 1:10pm

Funkyalien

SexyMuthaF said:

My condolences. I'd go with The Holy River and The Ladder, they give me strength and clarity.

Yup. Thx. Very Good choices. They need to fit into a cohesive playlist.

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Reply #3 posted 11/22/20 1:15pm

Funkyalien

It's amazing how the holy river sounds like bereavement when it is an affirmation song. But it does.

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Reply #4 posted 11/22/20 1:21pm

Cindy

Sorry for your loss. Comeback would be my first choice. Hope it helps you and your wife. 💜

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Reply #5 posted 11/22/20 1:29pm

alphastreet

Sorry for your loss, death is not easy to deal with. I think another lonely Christmas would be fitting
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Reply #6 posted 11/22/20 1:31pm

PennyPurple

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Love Thy Will Be Done

Seven

The Cross


^ That's what I told my kids I wanted.


So sorry for your loss, and your family. Hugs.

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Reply #7 posted 11/22/20 1:32pm

TrivialPursuit

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The NPGMC Ahdio Show #8, just after 9/11, would be a great starter. They're not necessarily about losing someone, they're also positive or uplifting/spiritual/gospel type tunes.

Eye88.png No - Prince (intro only)
The Plan - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Anna Stesia - Prince
Elephants & Flowers - Prince
I Wish U Heaven - Prince
Love... Thy Will Be Done (Prince Mix) - Martika (intro only)
Pearls B4 The Swine - Prince
7 (Acoustic Version) - Prince and the New Power Generation
Space (Universal Love Remix) - Prince
Still Would Stand All Time - Prince
Into The Light - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
I Will - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
The Holy River - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Outro (including New Power Generation (Pt. II) and Positivity) - Prince

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #8 posted 11/22/20 1:45pm

dodger

Way Back Home
affirmation III
Comeback
Reflection
The Holy River
The Love We Make
Still Would Stand All Time
I Wish U Heaven
Sometimes It Snows In April
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I put this together after my mother passed.
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Reply #9 posted 11/22/20 2:07pm

Cindy

Not sure, but I think The Grand Progression would be a nice addition to your set list.

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Reply #10 posted 11/22/20 2:41pm

funkbabyandthe
babysitters

i couldnt actually think of many songs for this theme.

there is eye love you but i dont trust you anymore (sad but not appropriate for death).

sometimes it snows, obviously.

ive never actually found that quite as affecting as others do, just cos i think its too much about a character (i think i read any earlier version had different lyrics, which might make it different, idk)

i dont actually think prince has many properly sad songs. moving, yes, but sad sad?

hes not kurt cobain, or hendrix even. or nina simone or marvin gaye. idk if prince mined that level of melancholy in his music.

even the sadder/heartbreak songs seem to be kind of a sort of sad where he doesnt get tooooo sad.

old friends for sale is maybe as sad as he got?

maybe i should listen to comeback from the truth again.

dodgers playlist seems good.

the love we make is excellent.

tbh when my mum died i couldnt think of the right songs, from prince or anyone, to listen to.

nothing seemed appropriate, or 'got' how i was feeling.

but some time has passed now so maybe that will be different.

[Edited 11/22/20 14:44pm]

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Reply #11 posted 11/22/20 9:33pm

Margot

-The Love We Make

-Love, Thy Will Be Done

-Still Would Stand All Time

[Edited 11/22/20 21:35pm]

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Reply #12 posted 11/23/20 2:15am

Funkyalien

TrivialPursuit said:

The NPGMC Ahdio Show #8, just after 9/11, would be a great starter. They're not necessarily about losing someone, they're also positive or uplifting/spiritual/gospel type tunes.

Eye88.png No - Prince (intro only)
The Plan - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Anna Stesia - Prince
Elephants & Flowers - Prince
I Wish U Heaven - Prince
Love... Thy Will Be Done (Prince Mix) - Martika (intro only)
Pearls B4 The Swine - Prince
7 (Acoustic Version) - Prince and the New Power Generation
Space (Universal Love Remix) - Prince
Still Would Stand All Time - Prince
Into The Light - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
I Will - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
The Holy River - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Outro (including New Power Generation (Pt. II) and Positivity) - Prince

Yes, I've always loved #8. Only got it in 128kbps MP3 though! those were the days! Very uplifting set.

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Reply #13 posted 11/23/20 2:16am

Funkyalien

funkbabyandthebabysitters said:

i couldnt actually think of many songs for this theme.

there is eye love you but i dont trust you anymore (sad but not appropriate for death).

sometimes it snows, obviously.

ive never actually found that quite as affecting as others do, just cos i think its too much about a character (i think i read any earlier version had different lyrics, which might make it different, idk)

i dont actually think prince has many properly sad songs. moving, yes, but sad sad?

hes not kurt cobain, or hendrix even. or nina simone or marvin gaye. idk if prince mined that level of melancholy in his music.

even the sadder/heartbreak songs seem to be kind of a sort of sad where he doesnt get tooooo sad.

old friends for sale is maybe as sad as he got?

maybe i should listen to comeback from the truth again.

dodgers playlist seems good.

the love we make is excellent.

tbh when my mum died i couldnt think of the right songs, from prince or anyone, to listen to.

nothing seemed appropriate, or 'got' how i was feeling.

but some time has passed now so maybe that will be different.

[Edited 11/22/20 14:44pm]

You're probably right

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Reply #14 posted 11/23/20 2:17am

Funkyalien

dodger said:

Way Back Home affirmation III Comeback Reflection The Holy River The Love We Make Still Would Stand All Time I Wish U Heaven Sometimes It Snows In April . I put this together after my mother passed.

Nice playlist

Funky alien
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Reply #15 posted 11/23/20 7:26am

Isabel

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So sorry Funkyalien, death is such a mystery and so painful.

I love Dodger's list for his mother--just beautiful (sorry too for your loss).

Additional songs:

Last December

Future Soul Song

2020

Free

So Blue

Love from Isabel xx

The year is 2020 and there's no more fear.
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Reply #16 posted 11/23/20 7:36am

Isabel

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TrivialPursuit said:

The NPGMC Ahdio Show #8, just after 9/11, would be a great starter. They're not necessarily about losing someone, they're also positive or uplifting/spiritual/gospel type tunes.

Eye88.png No - Prince (intro only)
The Plan - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Anna Stesia - Prince
Elephants & Flowers - Prince
I Wish U Heaven - Prince
Love... Thy Will Be Done (Prince Mix) - Martika (intro only)
Pearls B4 The Swine - Prince
7 (Acoustic Version) - Prince and the New Power Generation
Space (Universal Love Remix) - Prince
Still Would Stand All Time - Prince
Into The Light - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
I Will - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
The Holy River - SymbolSmallerBlue.png
Outro (including New Power Generation (Pt. II) and Positivity) - Prince

Hi Trivial, lovely and moving songs. Always loved "Into the Light" followed by "I Will"--haunting. I remember getting Chaos and Disorder at the time and feeling upset for him and that it was this throw away album because he was forced into releasing it for WB, but I played and played it and loved it.

The year is 2020 and there's no more fear.
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Reply #17 posted 11/23/20 8:02am

Vannormal

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"Sometimes it snowes in April"

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"...no matter what, all will be fine, always."
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Reply #18 posted 11/23/20 8:20am

funkbabyandthe
babysitters

the thing about prince is most of his sad songs are about relationships with women

so that doesnt always fit other sad events

its not like john lennon for example

but hey, who cares about lyrics lol, you can just go with the mood

anyway, the last december is a song i thought of that might work

also power fantastic

4 the tears in yr eyes

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Reply #19 posted 11/23/20 2:39pm

TheCollecter

So sorry for your loss. As already mentioned Last December from TRC.

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Reply #20 posted 11/23/20 4:14pm

NoSwan

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I'm sorry for your loss, I've experienced it and I still feel this kind of empiteness that leaves your mind and heart dry, without asking any permission.

I think that these are the 9 Prince songs that could help me to cope with it:

1. When Doves Cry
2. Father's Song
3. Anna Stesia
4. Arboretum
5. The Holy River
6. Reflection
7. Into The Light
8. Space (Universal Love Mix)
9. Affirmation I & II - Way Back Home - Affirmation III
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