Lend Us A Book

Candy Clark and David Bowie in Nicolas Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976). Courtesy Rialto Pictures/StudioCanal.

I’ll ring and see
if your friends are home.
Perhaps the strange ones in the dome
can lend us a book we can read up alone.


The Question of U

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So what is the answer 2 the question of u
What do I look 4, what shall I do?
Which way do I turn when I’m feeling lost?
If I sell my soul, now what will it cost?
Must I become naked? No image at all?
Shall I remain upright? Or get down and crawl?
All of the questions in my life will be answered
When I decide which road 2 choose.
What is the answer 2 the question of u?

Song The Question of U by Prince. Such a beautiful song. Fifty seconds into the song he starts the song over, so keep listening.


Part Two: Judith Hill + Meron Bekure + Kirk Johnson

Prince’s final public appearance: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Prince’s two main employees, who found him in the elevator, Kirk Johnson and Meron Bekure, have kept silent. Kirk was manager of Paisley Park and Meron was Prince’s personal assistant. Perhaps they will never tell their stories about working for Prince, or they might if paid enough. The only way we can learn more about his life is if his friends and employees speak up. For Kirk and Meron, seeing Prince in the elevator on April 21 must have been extremely traumatic…something they will carry around with them for the rest of their lives. They will also need to decide for the rest of their lives how much they want to share. I don’t think they should ever say anything! Keep it private.

Meron Bekure

I wonder how upset he was about the death of Vanity, aka Denise Matthews?  She and Prince both died at the age of 57. Did he know about her donation page? Heartbreaking.

Denise Matthews, aka Vanity

How easy is it to hide that you are an opioid addict? How hard was it for Prince to perform while on opiates? Could Prince’s friends tell he was high sometimes? Were there prescriptions in his bedroom or hidden somewhere? How could he function on them?

We won’t learn anything else about Prince’s death from the Chief Medical Examiner A. Quinn Strobl, who performed Prince’s autopsy. She has said all she will ever say and it was the bare minimum. All that’s legally required on a Minnesota autopsy report is the cause and manner of death, and any abnormalities.

I do like it that there is the possibility of never learning anything else about Prince’s health history. Why? Because it’s nobody’s business. That means that when we all die, the only thing people can find out about us is the cause of death, and not any other info about our health (does it depend on what state we live in?), like we had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, ADD, hemorrhoids, diabetes, etc.

I like it that we haven’t learned anything else about David Bowie’s death. In the future I think it will become the norm where the public learns hardly anything about how a celebrity died. It all will be kept private.

One thing I LOVE is that people are posting videos of Prince performing on YouTube. We can watch to our heart’s content all of these fantastic performances we have never seen because Prince’s lawyers aren’t monitoring (as much) what is posted. You can see what a genius he was. You can also see why he was in pain. In some of the videos he did the splits at least 20 times. Can you imagine doing all of those splits at each tour date?

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Another thing that made him unique was he owned Paisley Park, which was a building that had recording studios and a stage where his fans could watch him perform. He could have concerts whenever he wanted. He also lived there.

Music was his passion. In a way, I think he did die for us. He gave us the performances of his life. His performances were our concert fantasies come true.

Part One: Judith Hill + Meron Bekure + Kirk Johnson

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I had no idea that Prince and Judith Hill were lovers. They were in a relationship for two years. Buy why should I know that? Prince was a very private person and I didn’t hang with him.

While Prince was alive, I wasn’t paying attention to “who is Prince’s girlfriend right now?” Up until he passed, I thought he was with Bria Valente. Prince and Bria Valente started working together in 2007. She became a Jehovah’s Witness (like Prince). Her debut album, Elixir, came out in 2009. Try as I might, I didn’t like the CD, even though Prince produced and played guitar on it. In 2012 they released more music together. And then, poof, she was gone. She married Alex Reece in 2013. I don’t think she has made any comments about Prince’s death. Interesting how she is keeping silent. His second wife Manuela Testolini did speak up.

Back to Judith Hill—On October 23, 2015, Prince and Judith released her Prince co-produced album Back in Time. It was recorded at Paisley Park. Here is a cute video of Prince and Judith where she locks him out of Paisley Park. They kept their relationship on the low-down.


Even though Prince was heavily involved in her CD Back in Time, it doesn’t mean Judith will become a success. Even with Prince producing her, I don’t think she has found the right producer or songs yet.

New York Times article about Judith Hill I Was On That Fateful Flight With Prince: A Protégée Tells Her Story is fascinating. That’s where I learned that she loved Prince and their relationship was more than her being his “protégée.” I learned she was on the airplane with him, saw his “eyes fix,” realized he was unconscious and got him immediate medical attention. Also on the airplane was his aide Kirk Johnson.

Kirk Johnson

After Prince’s death, Judith had some tour dates she decided to fulfill, and now there are no mention of future tours on her site. I am sure she needs time and privacy to mourn her lover’s death.

In the New York Times article, she said Prince never mentioned to her he was in pain; although she had been with him for two years. Is it possible for severe pain to be hidden for two years from someone you love? That’s a long time to hide anything. On top of that, he was hiding an opiate addiction too. But other friends of his knew about his pain and addiction.

The private plane finally returned to Minneapolis, and soon after, Judith returned to Los Angeles. But not before she realized that Prince was downplaying the overdose, so she notified others of his condition and that he needed help. In Judith Hill’s New York Times interview, she didn’t use verbiage of someone who was in love, i.e. she wasn’t gushing profusely about their relationship or crying during the interview, but she probably is choosing to say the bare minimum right now. She does look upset in the photos of Prince’s cremation.

Stay tuned for Part Two.