I wrote a Prince post 7 months ago. It wasn’t ready for publishing. Some things happened that interrupted the posting of it. Private revelations. So, I put it on hold then, and it’s been waiting in my drafts for a certain album anniversary so I could post it. To post it now though would seem even more self-indulgent, and “Hey, look at me. I’m suffering.” than this one does. His family and friends are suffering. The rest of us are feeling

It’s only fair that I start with this band. It’s been my longest love affair, after all. I discovered The Police on my own, and they received my adoration for a full four years before I transferred some of my devotion to The Smiths and demoted The Police to second place, so I could give Morrissey the attention he deserved. I cursed MTV for not airing their videos more often. You did NOT want to be the person who interrupted me during any viewing of “Don’t Stand So

I played this album constantly in high school. And it’s still in rotation today. How’s that for a ringing endorsement? I love every single song on this album, and it would be nearly impossible to single out a favorite. Therefore, favorite album status.

She’s great in concert. Spectacular. I’m so glad I got to see her at a fun venue here in my city. But, try not to listen too closely to her banter on the off chance that she’s not feeling the love for your hometown. Because that’s going to sting a bit. Come on, Annie, we’re not all (or even hardly any of us???) Shirley MacLaine-loving weirdos. I’m not sure where that strange misconception came from. This song is flawless. I

Many moons ago, this band opened for 10,000 Maniacs. After this band finished their set, I knew that I was going to buy every CD they’d released. Then, 10,000 Maniacs started their set and sucked so hard that I didn’t bother wasting my energy and ears on it. I never listened to another 10,000 Maniacs song willingly again, and World Party remains a favorite. This, people, is why every band should choose warm-up acts pretty carefully.