Celebrating Prince with The Revolution: Our Destiny Is to Fall in Love (2/2)

This is part 2 of a 2-part series on the Revolution’s 2017  San Francisco shows. Read part 1 here.

U ask me if I love U, it’s automatic

“He would condition you like that. The more you rehearse the more you don’t think about it. The less you think about it and then the more fun you have. And that was the key to the Revolution. We knew every cue and we would hit it – just bam bam – we knew right where to hit. We didn’t think about it.” – BrownMark, in a Backspin interview about Purple Rain

The Revolution’s muscle memory for Prince’s music was on full display. Those grueling years of jam sessions, rehearsals and performances had etched every beat into their DNA.

For those of us who studied music, or who play it for a living, we’re awed by how intricate Prince’s creations are.

“For me, his music is just full of trap doors, so you don’t need him to be fooled. You’re always gonna have to try to concentrate when you’re playing Prince music. So that part’s still there.” – Bobby Z.

Still, I was hard pressed to see them falling through those trap doors. I saw Bobby Z bliss out in the middle of America, as his drumsticks pounded their reliable beat. Dr. Fink gifted us his ceremonial clap in the middle of Erotic City. Lisa’s effortless jazz solo glided above a funky D.M.S.R. back beat, reminding us how Prince would describe her:

“Lisa is like my sister. She’ll play what the average person won’t. She’ll press two notes with one finger so the chord is a lot larger, things like that. She’s more abstract. She’s into Joni Mitchell too.”

Stokley Williams – Minnesota native and lead singer of the band Mint Condition – joined the Revolution on several up-tempo songs, blending with the slipstream of joy that rippled through the night. He even sneaked in a few “Wooden Leg” dance moves that Prince had popularized. My inner dancer squealed its approval.

And in the front line, Wendy and BrownMark kept the funk going all night, egging each other on through their thumping solos, goading us to egg them on – higher, stronger, purer.

“Go Wendy!” “Go Mark!” “Do you want some bass in your face? Say yeah!”

Their grateful smiles spoke volumes. And on the second night, at the end of Take Me With U, Wendy threw a heartfelt “Beautiful,” our way.

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Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 inspired self-reinventions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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