Sometimes It Snows in April – A Tribute

Revered by the music industry and loved by millions of fans, and despite the controversies over his lyrical styles that some found offensive, Prince was a revolutionary artist none the less.

A prolific singer and songwriter. An unbelievably talented musician, skilled at devising new sounds across a multitude of instruments, all of which he could play. His vocal range could drop to the bottom floor and float effortlessly through a falsetto, peaking at a shriek-like scream that didn’t need a trademark because nobody else could do it quite like Prince. (And all of us who grew up listening to his music have strained our voices numerous times behind the wheel of a car, purporting to sing along at the level of his unmatched prowess. Don’t deny it!)

His music was as diverse as his fashion and various on-stage and on-set personas, though who he was in private, most of us will never know. I don’t claim to be a devoted fan of his entire discography (my purple started to fade with his albums circa ’92, for no reason in particular), but I do have Prince to thank for expanding my own appreciation of artistic expression, its colorful possibilities, particularly with music. (Ask anyone who’s spent time with me in a car. I’ll take you on a trip through hip hop, rock-n-roll, classical and country, to jazz, reggae, inspirational, and dubstep—all in the span of an hour.)

A lot of social media conversations are taking place in retrospect, naturally, of favorite songs, memories, concerts, and news stories. If I had to pick only one song out of all Prince’s recordings—which, according to reports, are in the thousands (released and unreleased combined)—I’d have to go with “Sometimes It Snows in April.” Beautifully written, yet simplistic both in form and performance, it’s a song of deep friendship, of loss, of finding answers, and the hope of a life to come.

Regretfully, Prince passed away two days ago, in April. If you’ve never heard the song, or if you’ve been living under a rock or in an Amish community for the last three decades and have no idea who Prince is, I’ve shared a link and lyrics below. After you’ve cried, you can always listen to “Let’s Go Crazy” to feel happy again. 🙂

(Updated 4/26/16 – Looks like the links were taken down due to copyright issues. You can buy the single for “Sometimes It Snows in April” on iTunes for a little more than $1. It’s worth it.)

Click here to listen to Sometimes It Snows in April

Prince and the Revolution
“Sometimes It Snows In April”
Parade

Tracy died soon after a long fought civil war,
Just after I’d wiped away his last tear
I guess he’s better off than he was before,
A whole lot better off than the fools he left here
I used to cry for Tracy because he was my only friend
Those kind of cars don’t pass you every day
I used to cry for Tracy because I wanted to see him again,
But sometimes sometimes life ain’t always the way

Sometimes it snows in April
Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
Sometimes I wish life was never ending,
And all good things, they say, never last

Springtime was always my favorite time of year,
A time for lovers holding hands in the rain
Now springtime only reminds me of Tracy’s tears
Always cry for love, never cry for pain
He used to say so strong unafraid to die
Unafraid of the death that left me hypnotized
No, staring at his picture I realized
No one could cry the way my Tracy cried

Sometimes it snows in April
Sometimes I feel so bad
Sometimes, sometimes I wish that life was never ending,
And all good things, they say, never last

I often dream of heaven and I know that Tracy’s there
I know that he has found another friend
Maybe he’s found the answer to all the April snow
Maybe one day I’ll see my Tracy again

Sometimes it snows in April
Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
Sometimes I wish that life was never ending,
But all good things, they say, never last

All good things, they say, never last
And love, it isn’t love until it’s past


Featured image from fanart.tv, posted by sagatavo.

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