The Music of Prince, Michael Dorf Fundraiser at Carnegie Hall NYC

8 Mar

Not a new thing for me! Hanging out in NYC with friends!  However tonight was very special!   It was about music and the Arts!   It’s it just crazy that by hearing a mere note; can be recognizable in  a song completely!!

Or how, I could listen to a song and then remember the next track on an album ’til this day – because I used to play it to its entirety over and over again!  This is what music can do for you!   If often puts you in a happy place or moment that you can remember, because thee song was playing in the background!

Or perhaps, you are going through the woo woo woo moments and you can play that song that describes exactly how you sadly feel!

Or about giving music a try to a young person  – allowing them the opportunity to express themselves either by singing or playing an instrument!    All this is about music!

It is important to allow musical programs to be available to our, your children.  And what a wonderful way to use one of my favorite artists , a legend;  to aid in a musical fundraiser –  by just being honored.  Produced by Michael Dorf, founder of the Knitting Factory and Dorf’s City Winery, musically set the stage for honoring ………..Prince!!!

The Marvelous Prince

Prince Nelson Rogers! An American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career; spanning over 3 decades!

Prince established his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings.   In addition, he has been a “talent promoter” for the careers of Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time and Vanity 6 and his songs have been recorded by these artists and others (including Chaka Khan, The Bangles, Sinéad O’Connor, and Kim Basinger). He also has several hundred unreleased songs in his “vault”.

Prince, the honoree of the fundraiser “The Music of Prince” held at Carnegie Hall NYC on March 7th.  Where various artists had their pick to choose from Prince’s roster of songs and perform their rendition at their best!  Even if they could not sing, a poem approach did just fine!

$100,000 + was raised from the patrons who attended, a 100% of the net profit went to the following organizations:

Church Street School of Music & Art

Grammy In the Schools

The Center for Arts Education

The American Symphony Orchestra

Young Audience New York

Little Kids Rock

Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools

Let’s say it was like a private party in a place where the mere sound of a guitar was emphasized based on the acoustic ability of Carnegie Hall.

I had such a wonderful time, although I sung off key….I was excited, happy to be at Carnegie Hall NYC, in a winter storm, on a Thursday night and having a Prince vibe all around!

Just picture if you will…. dancing, grooving and even the reserved guy next to me was swaying back and forth….cause the music was so damn good! 🙂

Just to get the idea of the night, you had Maya Rudolph, Eric Leeds, thee Wendy Melvoin of Wendy & Lisa, the band was The Roots with QuestLove giving renditions of the following songs:

  1. Purple Rain“,  Purple Rain – The Waterboys, Steve Wickham, Wendy Melvoin
  2. Raspberry Beret”  on Around the World in a Day –  Booker T. Jones w /Choir & Diane Birch
  3. Nothing Compares 2 You” On the Family; Nina Perrson
  4. High Fashion/Mutiny“, The Family – Fdeluxe
  5. Little Red Corvette“, 1999 – Sandra Bernhard
  6. Mountains“, Parade – DeVotchka
  7. When Doves Cry“, Parade – Bhi Bhiman
  8. The Beautiful Ones” – Kat Edmonson
  9. The Cross“, Sign O the Times – Blind Boys of Alabama
  10. Pop Life“, Around the World in a Day – Citzen Cope & Alice Smith
  11. Annie Christian” – Talib Kweli
  12. Sister“, Dirty Mind – Bilal 
  13. “If I Was Your Girlfriend” – Chris Rock, poem
  14. Kiss“, Parade – Bettye Lavette
  15. Darling Nikki“, Purple Rain – PRINCEss
  16. Moonbeam Levels“, unreleased song – Elvis Costello
  17. Its Gonna Be a Beautiful Night“, Sign O the Times – D’Angelo   
  18. 1999“, 1999  – Group Tribute

New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/arts/music/the-music-of-prince-tribute-at-carnegie-hall.html?smid=pl-share

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

Carnegie Hall is located close to midtown Manhattan in NYC, at 881 Seventh Avenue.  Occupying the east stretch of 7th Ave. between West 56th Street & West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park.   Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill, built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891 –  one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music.

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