“Wedding Feast” is just under one minute in length and I don’t believe it was meant to be taken very seriously, so you’re getting a brief post on this June Sunday.
“Wedding Feast” starts beautifully with Kip Blackshire’s brief a cappella performance. Then Prince jumps in and sings “Now there must be a wedding. Now there must be a feast.” Then the background vocalists start singing about a feast to the tune of something from The Wizard of Oz. It becomes an opera and they mention turkey and a vat of chitlins. Prince gives a little laugh, and it’s over before you know what hit you.
I’m not going to try to make this song anything more than I believe it was meant to be; a silly opera interlude. I’ve always appreciated The Rainbow Children, and do even more now that the vinyl was just reissued and I’m able to spin it on my turntable. It’s a fascinating look in to Prince’s spirituality and contains some amazing musicianship – different from most Prince albums because there’s an intentional focus on jazz. “Wedding Feast” captures none of that. It’s completely unnecessary. Shout out to Kip Blackshire, though, who impresses me every time I hear him.