Tuesday, June 3, 2008

With This Tear

In less than two weeks time Prince will play Dublin's Croke Park stadium. It is a concert that I really did not want to miss and I don't think I will regret the crazy price I paid for my ticket. Dublin is in the middle of the big concert season with Bruce Springsteen, Westlife and Celine Dion all playing to huge crowds over the past two weeks. I recently heard Prince's version of his own song "Nothing Compares 2 U" which made Sinead O'Connor a global music star. Prince has written many songs for other artists, usually female. Chaka Khan's "I feel 4 U" is timeless and is better than his own version but "Manic Monday" by The Bangles is my least favourite of their songs. My favourite Prince songs sung by another artist are "Sugar Walls" by Sheena Easton which made her controversial and extra fabulous for a little while in the 1980's, the next is "When You Were Mine" by Cyndi Lauper which can be found on her debut album "She's so Unusual" and is just gorgeous, both songs I will feature on Strike Curious Poses at a later date. One of the least known Prince songs is "With This Tear" sung by Celine Dion. This is a song that was on her 1992 album "Celine Dion". The album was her 2nd album in English and is best known for "Beauty and the Beast", her duet with Peabro Bryson. The album features two great Celine ballads; "Where does my Heart Beat Now" and "If You Asked Me To". "With This Tear" is one of those songs that should have been a single in it's day. It was given to Celine as "a gift" by Prince. Prince, a few years previously, had collaborated with Madonna on "Love Song" which to me, is one of the most disappointing collaborations in music. Prince was originally meant to sing "Bad" as a duet with Michael Jackson too. "With This Tear" is a really beautiful song in which the singer remembers a lover who has now died. It is a song of remorse, guilt, sadness. The apt images used on the Youtube made video below were put together by Stewart who seems to like all the songs I like.
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