With relatively falls, I can see some things being swapped, like Ford in sweater town. I also can see Stan having a manliness crisis after Ford making a comment about their dad thinking some of the crafts he does with Granty are girly. And idk, I kinda replaced the Baba songs with a can of glitter in my head, like Stan calls them tiny stars and just adores them, and maybe bugging Ford with them is why Ford brings up their dad. And he learns it’s perfectly manly to stand up for yourself and your interests.
Plus it totally sets it up to have Stanley love Dipper’s birthmark because it’s like permanent “little stars”.
We knew it would be a special day because Ghost Prince gifted us with this perfect circle Halo Rainbow over Paisley Park.
There were no other clouds and it was not raining! Also Rainbow Children was playing as we walked inside! Thank you Fairy God Boyfriend!
Lovely reflections by Damaris :
“Weird is a word to define things we don’t understand.”
“If you tell me that I am weird that means I am not like you. Say thank you.” 💜🕊️
Concert was Tokyo 1990, one that is “in rotation” as it were but a TIME on a 30-40 feet tall screen. Precariously positioned body suit that defied the laws of physics and all. It thankfully stopped before the Question of You performance…😩
NPG & 3rdeyegirl Panel
(Shelby J, Donna Grantis, Adrian Crutchfield, Kip Blackshire)
Shelby sang background for Anthony Hamilton. While on break, she auditioned to sing with Larry Graham in Minneapolis. Didn’t realize it was at Paisley until she arrived. Gig was at 3121 in Vegas… she didn’t realize it was P’s club. Practicing at the club singing “Higher Ground”. A voice told her to keep singing the song again and again. Larry leaned over and told her “I think this is your audition.” P came “floating” down the aisle toward her dressed to the nines and she was in a baby phat jumpsuit! He asked her “Where have you been?!” She said “I’ve been working!” 😂 Went home to NC after the gig.
Got a call 3 days later to come back to Vegas…And to learn 11 songs. “What day? Like Friday?” “No tomorrow morning.”
First show with him NYE 2006. After the show he came to see her and asked her to be in his band. She of course accepted. As he was walking away he added “We start rehearsing for the Superbowl next week.”
Donna got an email from Josh Welton inviting her to jam with P. She googled him to make sure he was legit. He was, had a call with him and Hannah and was given 6-7 songs to learn. Got a one way ticket to Minni…Arrived and went straight to work jamming with Hannah, Ida and P. Stayed for a week… the Bambi and Screwdriver videos were filmed a week after they first started jamming.
They also did not know what 3rdeyegirl was for the longest…Is it P? Is it some abstract concept? Is it art? They didn’t know it was the name of their band until they were introduced that way on Jimmy Fallon, their first public performance.
Kip was friends with Morris Hayes. Invited to hang at Paisley while P and Carlos were jamming in 1999. Didn’t want to be in the way. Half heartdely shooting hoops. He hears a guitar clang and before he knows it P is standing in front of him with his hands out. He feels bad like “oops”…But P takes the basketball and hard checks him in the stomach with it. Really ready to play! 😂 Kip declined saying he wasn’t dressed for a game…And P invited him back the next day to play for real.
Next day Kip was singing in the bathroom absently. P heard and complimented him…And invited him to jam with P and Larry. He did…And P then invited him to sing on Uninvited from Rave. The rest is history.
Damaris - Modeled for 12 years previously. Got tweets saying someone’s artist wanted to work with her. Ignored the tweets…Then got a text…Then a call…It was P’s manager. Met backstage at a Welcome 2 America aftershow. She’d danced hard and P invited her to join his tour. She declined. He asked again a few weeks later and she accepted and joined him for the Welcome 2 Australia tour.
Adrian was in competition to staff his horn section with Phil Lassiter (sound vs movement). P joined both factions to form the NPG Hornz.
Other thoughts :
“Prince saw me before I saw myself.” - Damaris 💜🕊️
Robert “Cubby” Colby (81-89 Live sound engineer) David Z (Bobby’s bro…Sound engineer for P from the very beginning through the 80’s)
Cubby - P enjoyed teaching. One time Fink was having a bad time. P went slow teaching him…And did this, playing the part from the back of the piano (essentially playing the part perfectly upside down on the keys.)
David Z - On the early days he’d record himself humming on a recorder and then recreate the sound in the studio with instruments since he couldn’t read music.
On Little Red Corvette “I just did that to get on the radio”.
Early mistakes punched through to correct. Later he’d just say “I meant to do that.”
Paisley Park originally was to be a whole neighborhood. A kind of “live/work/play” model.
He was a dirty b ball player. Stepping on toes and things, but he was the fastest.
Cubby only took breaks when P did and didn’t take lunch with the rest of the staff to be on hand for P’s noodling. Every day, Cubby would bring a Pay Day candy bar to eat and would leave it in his console. A few days in the row, it went missing. He saw P eating it one day and says to him “Hey man that’s my Payday.” And P goes “Payday ain’t till Friday.”
On P making mistakes…
In a soundcheck and P was singing The Ladder. P’s voice cracked and Cubby laughed….Then tried to smother it. P stopped the whole band and said “I don’t know if you’re going to fart or throw up. Rehearsal is over.”
I don’t know how to convey how INCREDIBLE this was. They started with Sexy MF, went into Love 2 the 9’s, dipped back to Uptown with Andre Cymone…back to Cream with Marva King, a third of SOTT, back to Money Don’t Matter Tonight, Call the Law (whatever y'all it’s a jam!), ARROGANCE FROM THE SYMBOL ALBUM, BILLY JACK BITCH, HOUSEQUAKE!!!! YALL I DANCED SO HARD I DIDNT CARE THAT I HAD RUNNING MAKEUP PROBABLY GO SEE THEM IF THEY TOUR!!!!!
Also to close it all, they piped in P singing over the live band playing. 2011 Madison Square Garden P led us through Kiss. Me and @stephaniejuhnay were ready to see him take the stage like “siiikkkkeeee” his voice was so present…
They then showed him doing the breakdown dance part on the screen…yaaaaaassss boyfriend!
Next they had him singing Purple Rain to us…And displayed him from that same show in a stylized way. Not a dry eye. It was beautiful.
There was a weird moment at the end where they tried to make it happy again with an instrumental, but it didn’t quite translate. Everyone was dazed and in their feelings with seeing him and hearing him in a way that made it feel like he was there….It was special and we didn’t want to lose that feeling….
Overall though. AMAZING close to an AMAZING experience!
Stay tuned for a final reflection! This entry is long enough!
The toys are named after the kids right?
Jamey for James
Granty for Steven ‘Grant’ Rogers
Alia for Natalia
Cici for Francis in clints name?? I’m not sure about clints but this was adorable and awesome!!! I love tiny tony ❤️
ding ding ding :D you are right! Its always after their second name.
Eddy - Edward Cici - Francis Alia - Alianovna Granty - Grant
Only Bucky got Jamey because he already goes with his second name :D So the question is why does Tony know that? ;)
Also i’m glad you liked it. And since you were the first :D you can send me an idea for tiny tony and i’ll write you it tomorrow :3
Guitar shopping this week in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - a suburb of Toronto and Canada’s 6th largest city (by population…). These goodies were found at the Mississauga Long & McQuade store:
Four fabulous Firebirds
1975 P-Bass (reasonably priced at ~$1700 CAD), but weighs at least 10 lbs!
1978 P-Bass close up
I was in Windsor, Ontario (across the River from Detroit Michigan) last week and this old steam locomotive was so awesome!
Custom Shop ES-Les Paul (see the f-holes!)
Gold sparkle PRS Starla - on of two ordered for Donna Grantis, who used to teach guitar at this locations. She took the one with the black pickguard and left this one behind. See below for a taste of Donna’s playing.
One of the last new “Select” Teles we are going to see - they have been discontinued.
I love this Les Paul with the thickness of an SG!
Still surprisingly heavy though considering how thin it is!
Donna is on the left (NOT playing a gold sparkle Starla though…)
“It was my first experience with social media and kind of reaching out with fans back and forth like that. And they hated me. Hated me. Because they hated the character, and they hated what the character was doing. So I had to deal with that. I tried to get them past the character - it’s not me! - but they were not listening to me at all, it was so difficult, the fans were insane, and it was a real shock for me. But looking back on it now, I think it was the best first job I could have had, for so many reasons. I’m actually really glad I had that experience before The Flash. I definitely appreciate it when people enjoy my work and say nice things, but I also can read negative things now and not be bothered. Because I love what I’m doing, and I focus on that. And you know, in another way, I think Glee also helped to humble me a little bit. It was just such a grand-scale thing, and there were these actors my age who had become big stars on that show, and suddenly I was working with them. So to be such a small part of something that was such a grand-scale show, it kind of humbled me going forward with everything, I think.”
I decided to change things up from my normal analysis style instead of a film as usual I’ve decided to discuss actors that I view to be influential/have influenced me personally I’ll try to keep the list as short as possible because honestly film is a very large part of my life and I could probably list hundreds upon hundreds of actors I view to be cultural icons. I would also like to say that these are in no particular order. I’m not in the business of rating actors I simply like watching movies.
1. RDJ (Robert Downey Jr.)
Now to understand my love for Robert you’ll have to understand a little about me. I am mix raced and I had always been bullied for not fitting into “regular ethnicities”. I was convinced that people mixed raced or people who even appeared slightly mixed raced were unable to be successful. Keep in mind up up until this point I had always seen pale actors with crystal blue eyes portrayed as beautiful. RDJ was the first actor i ever saw who looked similar to me. He was olive skinned and dark haired and I latched onto him like a life preserver. It didn’t even matter what ethnicity he was all that mattered was that someone who looked similar to be was famous. i couldn’t believe it. I realized that if he could be successful so could I and by watching his movies I could drown out the people telling me that people who looked like me could not succeed. Anyway, for that reason RDJ will always hold a special place in my heart. I consider him one of my “first crushes” and he became a symbol of hope for me.He is a magnificently talented actor but he is even more of inspiration simply as a person.
2. Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford. Even the name sounds impressive. Harrison Ford was one of the first actors I ever adored. i didn’t stand much of a chance against it anyway. My father loved him and showed me all 3 of the Indiana Jones movies (we don’t mention the other one) as soon as he possibly could. I remember being transfixed. He was like an american James bond. He was both intelligent and strong. even better he was goofy. I had never come across someone who could be both suave and funny. I immediately fell head over heels involve with Dr. Jones. I still consider Harrison one of my “first crushes” ones I classify as leaving a lifetime imprint. Much time has passed since I have seen those films but you can bet on me writing love you on my eyelids if I ever come across him.
I had to work to find my beloved marcello. Unlike Harrison Ford or Cary Grant my family did not know of him or Fellini for that matter. I was not raised with him so I had to search for him. I discovered him like many people did in a whirl wind of movies such as 8 ½. I was struck by the way he acted and moved. I had never seen anyone glide across the screen like marcello. like he owned it yet he was trying to remain modest about it. He was charming with a child like excitement to him that made you fall for him instantly. He had great presence about him and there was always something comforting about seeing his smiling face on the screen.
Oh Clark Gable. Clark was one of the few men I really wanted to sweep me of my feet. I remember seeing gone with the wind for the first time and being obsessed. The pencil mustache somehow fit him so perfectly. He was the best combination of cocky and down to earth that he charmed me from his first scene even though he had no lines. Clark was my mother and I’s Cary Grant. He was our favorite old hollywood film star. Film has strange way of bonding people and nothing bonded us closer than our shared love for Clark gable. He was considered the king of old hollywood.The quiet and contemplative king that could steal your heart away with a single glance
I fell in love with Cary Grant the way most people fall in love with whiskey. Slowly but surely. I loved rugged men. How could I not? I was raised on a steady influx of Indiana Jones and James Bond. For this reason I was wary of Cary Grant. My grandmother loved him but he always seemed a bit too proper for me. He was presented to me as the image of a ken doll, the perfect upstanding gentlemen. This is why up until the first movie I watched with him I believed I would like him but he would never be my type. After North by Northwest I watched more and more of his movies and quickly realized this tall dark silly man was not at all what I had perceived him to be. Cary Grant managed to be both the aristocrat and the average man and I think there is something spectacular about that.
Colin Firth was my favorite in the only rom com I could ever sit through without throwing up when I was younger. There was something about those eyes. Those soft puppy dogs eyes and that slightly upperclass accent that drew you in. He was so easy to fall in love that you would barely even notice how much you liked him until you realized you were yelling at the tv for bridget to pick him for god sake’s he’s the better choice! Either way I feel is though I will never see another actor that can make so many weak just with his eyes.
Jean Reno is one of those actors who is simultaneously a stone cold killer and the tender hearted companion. He has this kind of duality about him which I found fascinating. I include him on my list because he shaped my view of french cinema. My choices in cinema were limited when I was younger but I can still remember watching La Femme Nikkta and Leon back to back and being struck by him. There was something about him that stuck with you long after the movie was over. A certain je ne sais quoi
Oh, jacky. Good old Jack. Not really reliable but a hell of a good time. I was introduced to Jack probably before I could even speak. From easy rider to Batman I’ve probably seen every notable film of his at some time or another on family movie night. The thing that was great about jack is what has defined how I judge most people’s character now. He was real. You never feel like you’re getting the “hollywood polished face”. He was simply himself and there’s something kind of magical about “just jack”.
This was requested and I thought why not, so here it is.
Above is a picture of To Kill A King - From left to right - Ralph Pelleymounter, Josh Taffel, Grant McNeill, Josh Platman, Ben Jackson
Let’s start of with the newest members of TKAK:
This is Josh Taffel. He’s the new drummer, who replaced Jon Willoughby (previous drummer). He has cool hair, as shown in the picture above, and does dabble in the musical arts, (of course), as he can play piano and guitar too. (I have a crush on him). Born: November 9th, 1990
This is Grant McNeill, or as I call him, Granty-boo. He’s the guitarist, who replaced Ian Dudfield (previous guitarist). Grant is an awesome singer too. He’s such a cutie, I swear. Born: April 26th, 1991
Ok, so now let’s move onto the current members.
This is Josh Platman. Cellist, bassist and part time post-man, Josh has many jobs…but mainly those 3. He writes EVERYTHING, from their tour diaries, to their e-mails and the blog - Josh is the writing man. Enjoy the picture of Josh with a chair, partly stuck to him. Born: October 1st, 1985
Next up is Benny-boo. This is Ben Jackson, he’s the synths/keyboard guy, if you know what I’m saying. He also likes to clap. Ok moving on. Also, according to the rest of the band, Ben is the best looking, and it’s pretty obvious he is. (<3) Born: January 28th, 1985
Ok so this is Ralph Pelleymounter, aka master of facial expressions as you can see from the picture above. He’s the lead singer, and he plays acoustic guitar or electric guitar. He’s also got a sweet tattoo on his arm of the bands logo. Born: October 31st, 1984
Ok, now let’s move onto the pervious members of To Kill A King:
This is Ian Dudfield. He was previous guitarist, and occasional trombone player and funny man of To Kill A King. He seemed to like walking around bare-foot, and appeared on the T.V. show, Take Me Out. He calls himself ‘Ed Cares’ now. He also promised 'he’d be back’, but not in To Kill A King. We miss you Ian!
This is Jon Willoughby, previous drummer of To Kill A King. I’m pretty sure he’s the most awesome drummer ever and is soo cute! We miss you loads Jon!
Also, Paul Cooper, or sound coop is their mechanic and Alice is their tour manager!