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Prince

Prince

Date: Oct 22 2007

Themes: Music

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Last February, the whole world watched as Prince strutted along a stage built in the shape of his logo as it rained on him during halftime of the Superbowl. The rain didn’t faze him. He gave one of the greatest performances of his career.

The guitar he played at the Superbowl (shown in the picture) was also in the shape of his logo. For a time in the ‘90s he used the unpronounceable symbol that incorporates both the female and male symbols as his name.

Though Prince had a lot of fans already, because of numerous hit songs in the 1980s, the Superbowl performance won him many new fans, among them, Mason.

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Mason

Mason

Marni

Marni

Mason:  Ever since the Superbowl this year, I have just been like, “Okay, dude, you need to get into Prince.” Just telling myself.

Marni:  You…You’re just now thinking you need to get into Prince? C’mon! The ‘80s? Hello? “Purple Rain”?

Mason:  I was like 10 in the ‘80s. Like at the end of the ‘80s.

Marni:  I remember being 11 and getting that album and dancing around, “Let’s go crazy!” I was rocking out. And when I found out we were moving to Minnesota, my first thought was, “We are moving to where Prince is from.” And…

Mason:  Prince is from Minnesota? Like the one good thing that came out of Minnesota…

Marni:  No. It’s not.

Mason:  You understand, I seriously know nothing about Prince.

Marni:  I can tell. You need to be schooled. He’s an amazing musician. He plays like 20 plus instruments. He’s had a career of 30 years.

Mason:  He’s a mean guitar player. I know that much just from seeing the Superbowl. I’m like, “Dude, guy can shred!”

Marni:  Oh absolutely. And he’s my height! He is! He’s so short. He’s a very small man.

Mason:  He’s a midget. But man’s got soul...

Marni:  But he’s got talent.

Mason:  ...big as a train.

 

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Discussion

Marni is surprised that Mason doesn’t know much about Prince and only decided to start following him after his performance at the Superbowl. She’s shocked that he missed Prince’s most famous song, “Purple Rain,” when it came out in the 1980s.

Ever since she was a little girl Marni has listened to Prince. She remembers being excited when her family moved to Minnesota because that’s where Prince lives.

Marni and Mason joke that although Prince has big talent, he is actually a small man. Apparently he’s about as tall as Marni, who you’ll remember from this lesson on heels is only 5’2”.

Do you listen to Prince? When did you first discover him? Who do you remember dancing to when you were 11 years old?

 

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buttafly

buttafly

Germany

Still can’t believe he’s gone! Gone too soon…


For me you are immortal. Your music and your kick-off screams blasts from my computer whenever I’m home.


Thanks Prince…for all the greatness you’ve given us!


prince


06:31 AM May 03 2016 |

buttafly

buttafly

Germany


Danced to this  when I was in grade school…still listened to it when I was in my 20s…will never forget this legend. I’m in shock now !! R.I.P. 

01:56 PM Apr 22 2016 |

♫Anna♥

♫Anna♥

Russian Federation

hmmmmm…  I have  never heard about Prince… it's a reason to know more about the legend of 80s…

03:53 PM May 04 2011 |

1 person likes this

mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

I know few of his songs, but I'm not a big fan of him. He is awesome and incredibly unique.

11:46 AM Jan 08 2010 |

1 person likes this

omar atif

omar atif

Egypt

hi it tje first time that i know about the prince i need a girl frindship()

02:47 PM Oct 30 2007 |

aidavahdati

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i dot know much about princ but i always thoght he must be very famous between americans..Laughing

08:07 AM Oct 27 2007 |

aidavahdati

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i dont know much aout princ as well..but i always thoght he must be very famous between americans.

08:04 AM Oct 27 2007 |

ericagood

North Korea

i cannt work..

01:45 PM Oct 25 2007 |

victor25

victor25

Moldova, Republic Of

coopo: what'sthis lesson on heels means?

 

Hey! Just click on that expression and you will see another lesson talking about heels. Normally girls wear high heel shoes in order to look taller. Just check that lesson and you will understand. 

02:46 AM Oct 25 2007 |

the_attractive_boy

Egypt

i know 50 cent Cool

07:34 PM Oct 24 2007 |

kulasa_143

kulasa_143

Philippines

I have known Prince for a long time way back when i was in grade school.he.he. He's quite famous coz of his music. I haven't heard of him lately and its quite amazing and good to know that he is still in the industry.

Hi to everyone there!Smile

03:01 PM Oct 24 2007 |

KotPirat

KotPirat

Germany

It's a kind of weird to hear from people that they doesn't know prince… I mean , I'm 15 and I heard about him when I was 13 or younger.

Of course the first song I heard from him was Purple Rain.  

06:29 PM Oct 23 2007 |

kookoo

kookoo

China

It's always interesting to know someone who are unfamiliar to you but famous somewhere else.

04:42 PM Oct 23 2007 |

sary.chen

sary.chen

China

what is Prince???I'm hear it for the first time.

08:28 AM Oct 23 2007 |

gangao58

India

i want speaking fluency english. and i want different cultural friends

08:18 AM Oct 23 2007 |

vipula_1

India

hi all

 

06:36 AM Oct 23 2007 |

coopo

coopo

China

what'sthis lesson on heels means?

05:15 AM Oct 23 2007 |

gubenliang

gubenliang

China

it is good

i am going to looking for prince and listen to the music

i love it

 

04:15 AM Oct 23 2007 |

spoiled2

Chile

hi, you know guys, i don't know about him either, just i sold him a couple of time. that's all.

02:32 AM Oct 23 2007 |

addiama

addiama

Ethiopia

I don't know about Prince . This is the first time i heard about him.

07:33 PM Oct 22 2007 |

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