Good morning everyone, there is this "bad ass" poet in Louisville, KY named Hannah Drake, she has a wonderful way with words and of course as I was hoping, she wrote a poem for Prince. I honestly knew she would and I am so glad she did. Here it is in copy and image. Enjoy!!! #prince #rip #gonetoosoon
I couldn't find a title for this one. Prince speaks for himself. He is Prince.
I am posting the poem as well since it may be hard to read in the picture. Rest Easy, Prince!
Perhaps if I dialed 777-9311
Someone would pick up and tell me that this is all a dream
That he would be on the line and say, “Hello, My Name is Prince.”
And we would laugh as he asked, “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
At times we have all wished that heaven was in our network plan
The Morning Papers will read that not just America but the world lost an icon
Some will tell us to Let It Go
That we are Delirious to grieve a man we have never met
But we are those that grew up with greatness
That have witnessed the passing of undiluted artistry that we will never see again
We are learning that this is a Sign O’ The Times
We are accepting our own mortality
Realizing that life is truly just a vapor
Material things such as Diamonds and Pearls and Little Red Corvettes, mean nothing
In fact, Money Don’t Matter Tonight or even the next night
What we lost was priceless
We are learning that Everyday Is A Winding Road
That we all must traverse
Trying somehow to get to the other side
And if in some of the moments we find happiness
We celebrate those moments
We party like it’s 1999
We relish the time
Embrace the seconds while they last
Indeed, Prince you were a performer par excellence
In a field of imitations, Nothing Compares To You
Like Cream, you always rose to the top
You were a Kiss to this world
You were the Greatest Romance Ever Sold to us
And we bought it...Believed it...Fell in love with it, with you
Because you stood strong in the person you were
Some people live in a way that can never be replaced
Your style was impeccable
U Got The Look, and you owned it
You were never afraid of Controversy
You were more than just a Partyman
You were part of igniting a New Power Generation , told us to FreeUrself
You gave us art…uncompromised
The sun shined a little less brightly today
The sky shed tears like Purple Rain
As we listened and finally understood how it sounds
When Doves Cry
We tip our Raspberry Berets to you, Prince
Well done, good and faithful servant…Rest easy…
Millions of us are devastated at the news of Prince passing away today. I have cried like I lost a family member and I still need to have my signature vodka martini drink. From the time I was 7 years old, I have been a Prince fan and follower. You may think 7 is young but when I saw Purple Rain for the first time at that age, I wasn't watching as much as I was listening. I knew I was listening to some good damn music, When Doves Cry??? Please, I was a Michael Jackson fan (I never let him go, just didn't follow him as tight), but Prince came into my musical world with that one song and flipped the script.
Prince was The Man, his talent, his look (I always thought he was supremely handsome) and that deep speaking voice, my goodness. Prince the musician, creative genius, icon and silent humanitarian transcended generations of people. Everyone could dig on Prince, it didn't matter what Race, Creed or Color, Prince had and still has something for everybody to relate to. My God, I cannot imagine not seeing him in concert again, his performances were phenomenal! I need a Hologram tour or something because this is not going to work for me at all. The above photo is from the last Prince concert I saw at the Palace Theater in Louisville, KY last year. I can still feel the anticipation of waiting for him to hit the stage.
Growing up in the 80's there was no way you could turn on the radio and not hear a Prince song. He had so many hits that were not only funky but fun and catchy throughout the decade leading into the early 90's. Then he got deep on us when he dropped his name and wrote SLAVE on his face during the fight with Warner Bros. for his masters. Prince tackled topics with GOD, sex and social issues, sometimes with lyrics to raw for my ears, but whatever! I remember when I discovered Prince's earlier works- For You, Prince, Controversy and 1999, I had my dad take me to the record store in the old Galleria (now 4th St. Live) back home in Louisville, KY and buy them for me. Later on as my obsession grew and his albums came out with those "stupid" PARENTAL ADVISORY stickers on them, I would have to get crafty and talk dad into getting them for me anyway. I had the huge Purple Rain poster on my wall, you know the one that literally went from the ceiling to the floor. My bedroom was painted "could blush purple" and I had a life size door poster. When you would come upstairs at my parents old house Prince would greet you with a coy smile of course.
I remember many nights when I would listen to my cassette tapes on my Sony Walkman, these kids today don't know crap about Sony Walkman. Those spongy headphones would get hot from staying on my ears for so long, just listening to Prince and singing along and thinking about stuff I probably shouldn't have been thinking about. I was really into music, I started off playing the Violin in elementary school then I started playing French Horn in junior high and all the way through college. Prince was a major influence in my interest in music, at one time I thought I would be a producer, then an A&R rep, then I realized hell I don't know what I want to do. When I got to college, I was a music major still playing my horn but I left with a Business Marketing degree, go figure.
I feel so blessed to have seen him in concert four times. My first show was at Louisville Gardens circa 1997 for the Love 4 One Another tour. I was in college but my parents came with me because they had never seen Prince before either, we were so excited. He opened with Jam of the Year, as usual he blew the roof off the place with his new and old hits. Then about six months later, I scored two free tickets to the Jam of the Year tour at Rupp Arena in Lexington, another awesome show. In 2004 I rode up to Cincinnati in a limo compliments of mom and dad, they didn't want me driving my girls up in my old car, I loved that Peugeot. We were in the limo with champagne and fried chicken wings, yes, that's right, champagne and fried chicken wings for the Musicology tour at US Bank Arena. Finally last year back home in Louisville, Prince brought 3rdEyeGirl to the Palace Theater and gave us all an unforgettable and most magical night.
When I heard Prince was on his Piano and a Microphone tour I was hoping we would get to see him in concert again, now we know that will never happen. His loss is so devastating and it still feels like a bad dream, just like when Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and so many other greats in our generation passed. I cried like I lost a family member today, so many great nights of listening to his music, watching his videos and seeing his concerts, dancing to his songs. Prince is gone from this Earth, but his Music and Essence will live on FOREVER! I miss you already Prince.
#princefan4life #prince #gonetoosoon #thebeautifulone #iloveyou
Hello Everyone, it's been a long time since I have blogged, but I absolutely had to share this story with you all. I am always inspired when I hear of people being creative, innovative and following their dream of entrepreneurship especially when one of them is my family member *smile*. Needless to say we have a great sense pride over our inventor Jeremiah Chapman and of course I can't leave his business partner Jacob Huff out. These two young men are awesome!
In 2013, FreshFry began in a research lab as a question– how to extend frying oil life in a simple and safe manner? Through many lab hours of creative thinking, the answer took the form of a teabaglike pod that captures all dissolved impurities in frying oil. After proof of concept, lab and field testing, the FreshFry Pod was born.
FreshFry earned the Vogt Invention and Innovation Award and its founder Jeremiah Chapman, was named to Forbes’ 30-Under-30 list in Manufacturing.
FreshFry Pods are comprised of a patent pending material and construction that removes dissolved impurities in frying oil, thereby extending the life. The Pod is the first “in the fryer” active filtering product, and is compatible with any fryer.
Repeat customers include top Louisville, KY restaurants like Mayan Café, Rye, and Galaxie. Others customers such as the KFC YUM! Center and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium serve 30,000 to 55,000 hungry customers at over 170 events per year.
Currently, Jeremiah and Jacob are seeking a $10,000 microloan to expand their manufacturing operating space. To help them raise funds go to https://zip.kiva.org/loans/18055
For more information about the FreshFry product or to contact go to http://www.freshfry.me
About the Team
Jeremiah Chapman is the founder of FreshFry LLC, a Louisville, KY based start up that produces the FreshFry pods and other innovative frying technologies. He has an undergraduate and Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the Speed School of Engineering, where he graduated cum laude. His realm of experience is within nanotechnology, adsorption and small/large scale chemical manufacturing.
Jacob Huff is a partner of FreshFry LLC. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville, where he graduated magna cum laude. Jacob specializes in process development, computer-aided design, and hardware.