Prince, feat. Eryn Allen Kane: Baltimore

Written by Joshua Blue


In category: Song of the Day

Published August 9, 2017

A week of songs inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

Finding himself deeply affected by the death of Freddie Gray (April 19, 2015 – Baltimore, Maryland), Prince wrote this tribute song. Mentioning both Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, the piece is a reflection on the violence that spread through the country in the past few years from unjust killings. The piece ends with a direct quote from Prince: “The system is broken. It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life…”

“Are we gonna see another bloody day/We’re tired of the cryin’ and people dyin’/Let’s take all the guns away”

author: Joshua Blue

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British-American Tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a tenor currently pursuing his masters degree at The Juilliard School in New York City. Joshua has been a featured soloist in large concert works and operas with City Music Cleveland, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Opera Theatre, the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Austria, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Oberlin in Italy, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and Music Academy of the West. He had his Alice Tully Hall debut last November under the baton of Maestro William Christie and will make his Carnegie Hall debut this December, singing the tenor solo in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra. Other debuts this year include singing Scaramuccio in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Lyric Opera as well as NYFOS’s Protest at Merkin Concert Hall. Joshua graduated with his bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016.


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