Daily Prince 10/17/20: Here On Earth

What’s up, party people? I’m chilling out on this Saturday night with some quiet Prince music and a tall glass of Jonah’s Curse and Diet Coke. If you haven’t had Jonah’s Curse, you’re missing out. Delicious rum. A reward for myself after a day of poll observer training, shelf building, and basement cleanup. That’s right, people. In 17 days your boy will be an official representative of WisDems making sure a polling place somewhere in Wisconsin is running smoothly. I don’t know where yet, and even if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you. I’m kind of nervous because I told them I was willing to go anywhere in the state. As it turns out, it’s going to be a 14 hour day?!?! Arrive at the polling place at 6:30 AM and stay until approximately 8:30 PM or whenever the counting of the ballots is finished. I’m excited, but this will also be the first Presidential election night I remember that I won’t be spending in front of a TV. If I’ve gotta drive to LaCrosse or Superior or some shit it’s gonna be a looooong day. Whatever. A small price to pay to help ensure a safe voting experience for all.

Tonight I’m enjoying Prince’s 2002 album One Nite Alone… “Here On Earth” is my second song from this album in four days, so I’m going to keep this brief. If you want to know more about the album – and you should, because it’s a unique Prince album – click here and read my post from three days ago. Today’s song “Here On Earth” is the epitome of chill. Prince on the acoustic piano and John Blackwell delivering a smooth beat with the brush sticks. This is the perfect song for the end of the day. Dim the lights, sip a drink, and enjoy the vibe. I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to listen to this song during daylight hours. I do have one complaint about “Here On Earth.” Most of Prince’s vocals are spoken. In fact, they’re practically whispered. Prince talks about a dream in which his wife is running for her life and cursing the day she met him. Then he realizes it’s just a dream. The vocals in the final minute are sung with Prince’s falsetto and I wonder why the entire song couldn’t have sounded like this. His harmonies that close the song are beautiful and haunting. A perfect complement to the music. I wish we would’ve heard more harmony and less whispering.

Despite that, “Here On Earth” is a cool song. However, I never listen to it by itself. When I’m listening to One Nite Alone… I go from start to finish. “Here On Earth” is just one piece in the puzzle, and it drifts perfectly in to the gorgeous “A Case Of U.” If you’re gonna press play on the YouTube clip above to check out “Here On Earth” by all means have at it. You should do yourself a favor and take 34 minutes to enjoy the entire album.

OK, y’all. SNL is almost on. Gotta run. Get yourself a drink, dim the lights, and press play on One Nite Alone… You’ll thank me after. You’re not supposed to be out tonight anyway. Be safe. Stay home and chill. Happy Saturday Night, y’all.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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