Purple Rain Analysis

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In 1984's Purple Rain, the title track is fictionally written and arranged by the women in Prince's character's (simply known as "The Kid") nightclub band. Out of egotism, The Kid refuses to play any of their compositions. After stage flubs and personal trauma, a humbled Kid performs "Purple Rain" in dedication to his father. He moves the audience, and regains the respect of his peers. It's considered his finest moment (and a defining point in the film). Art imitates life, because if I had to name one song that encompasses all that I've described about Prince's music and his methods, I'd say "Purple Rain." Welcome to my #1 favorite, everyone. I know, I know, how cliché, but clichés are so for a reason. Whatever they're about has stood the test of time and can be applied over and over. "Purple Rain" is a timeless classic and goes on the "Songs That Should Never Be Remade" list with Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" and Etta James' "At Last." It endures because it's one of the most emotive pieces of music there is. The hopelessness that comes with not being able to prevent or reverse a loss pulsates in every word, note and chord from the first transfixing strum. The heartbreak swells with "Rain's" multiple peaks, predominately characterized by wailing guitars, falling strings and Prince's pleading vocals. He sings of regret with such intensifying anguish, it erupts into howls around the last 3:00 minutes. Yeah, the last 3:00 minutes of 8:43 total. You don't notice (I caught
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