on May 7, 2011
I enjoy cultural complexities, and here is one on point for this (in)famous song. The Catholic pop music critic Mark ("Marky') White has opined that this reaches up there with the greatest human spiritual achievements in culture apparently:
"Wait a Minute. Prince.
May 6, 2011 by frmarkdwhite
In an idle moment, I busted out a few tracks from the first Batman movie soundtrack, just to re-live the time. Listening took me back to those heady days of cassette tapes, and a crystalline realization left me humbled like a man in front of Niagara Falls:
Let's reflect for a moment--
Between 1982 and 1987, Prince came out with 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade, and Sign o' the Times.
Pause. Taking it in...
Do you realize how many songs are included here that are necessary elements of the cosmos?
By my count, at least twelve.
This is the most amazing thing that has ever been done.
If the man had only produced Purple Rain, that would be the most amazing thing that has ever been done.
...Can we really doubt, you know, the Almighty Hand?
Since the author is a great fan of Thomists like Ralph McInerny, let us note that this must be another Summum Bonum.