Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Soft and Wet" - Interview with Chris Moon

I'm back and still extremely tired. As promised, I have some information from my interview with Chris Moon, a lyricist and studio owner who knew Prince as a teenager. Moon taught Prince how to use studio equipment, and he was the first person to put together a marketing package for the artist. Additionally, Moon famously wrote the lyrics for Prince's first single, "Soft and Wet."

Moon provided a lot of information, including both facts and his personal opinions:

  • Did Prince choose music as his first career goal?

  • What stage name did Prince almost choose?

  • Is Prince really a "musical genius?" 

  • Was Prince "spiritual" or "religious" as a teenager?

  • Were the "conversations with God" on the "Purple Rain" tour sincere?

  • Is Moon surprised that Prince is a Jehovah's Witness today?

  • Am I a biased biographer?

Yeah, we had an interesting chat about my intentions. I'm always open to advice, and he gave me some things to think about as I write.

My next blog entry will be about my interview with Jill Jones. Also, GREAT NEWS: I just interviewed Roy Bennett, the lighting and set designer who worked with Prince for 14 years.

Check out my other interviews here.

Stay tuned!

Prince fans: do you already know the answers to some of the questions above?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Something to Believe in" - Other Artists' Spiritual Journeys

Unfortunately, I have to keep it short this week. I am still transcribing the new interviews. I promise that I will write about them in my next two posts. As you know, I'm researching the spiritual journeys of other artists, and I just bought three books:

Which book would you read?