This is the song that I initially wrote for the Christ Conduit Podcast in October of 2009. I rerecorded this song and submitted it to Nicole Bus in May of 2021 and won one of two producer kits she gave away, which included a microphone and isolation filter, monitor speakers, a USB MIDI keyboard and noise cancelling headphones that can connect via either bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable. Honestly I only wanted her to hear me. I didn't expect to win anything. But it really felt good to find out I had won, and this kit has gotten lots of good use since then, though I haven't got anything ready for release yet. This recording is released to the public domain by the author. Enjoy and be blessed.
First, I must apologize if this violates anyone’s copyrights or anything, but I just found this on the internet and felt I had to do something with it. I use this track solely out of respect, admiration and love of the music.
This started out as an instrumental version of Purple Rain, recorded on a rather old tape in I believe 1984. It’s just a keyboard and strings, and as far as I can tell, I think Prince may actually be playing the keyboard on this recording. If you listen closely at the end, you can hear his voice counting off for the strings to come in, and the strings that play right afterward sound very much like the end of the album and movie version.
It may not be commonly known, but initial versions of Purple Rain had 4 verses, even though only 3 were performed regularly, and only 3 ended up on the movie soundtrack. This track was recorded with 4 verses, though the 3rd verse doesn’t really fit with the post 1999 lyrics that I saw him perform, and that are the more meaningful lyrics to me personally. So with the utmost respect and love, I sang the 3 verses with post 1999 lyrics, and have written a fourth verse from the heart.
On Thursday, April 21, 2016, God took away from this world the greatest musician and performer who ever blessed us with his gifts and talents. I have heard words like devastated and shocked used to describe the feelings people had when they heard the news, but to this day I have no words that come close enough to describe the great hole left in music by the passing of THE ARTIST, Prince.
Upon hearing the news, I immediately shut down my music page and left only a link to an index of my previously recorded tracks. However, now that I have something worthy of sharing, I have brought the entire page back, with the addition of probably his most well-known song. Special thanks to Ameritz and Google for this amazing version, which is the only full length backing track I could find, and is actually quite close to the version from the movie soundtrack, although I used Prince’s lyrics from just prior to the year 2000 rather than the original 1984 lyrics, as the 2000 lyrics just felt right in this case.
Prince, I hope you can hear this where you are. I’m not even in your musical league, but I do hope I knocked this one out of the park for you. In any case, I did give it all I had to give, so I hope you’re listening, and I hope you like it. There’s more to come.
This is the stereo audio version of my video on Youtube and on my website. Feel free to right click this player and download the file for your enjoyment offline as well as on the internet. May this song be a blessing to all who hear it.
This song is more than a hundred years old, but it is still very powerful and expresses a strong desire to be a channel of God's power here on earth. Be blessed as you enjoy listening to and sharing this lovely tune.