Listening Activity #12 - Musicology

During his career, Prince appeared live on TV many times. This performance was shown in 2004 on at Webster Hall in New York. It features saxophonist Maceo Parker who made his name playing with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

This funk filled performance showcases much of what Prince was about; amazing musicianship, funky rhythms and incredible stage presence. Remember our friends Mike Phillips from #7? If you look closely, you might be able to spot him playing the saxophone!

  • How many instruments are on stage?

  • Which instruments are in the horn section?

  • Do you think it's different performing on stage when so many people are around you?

  • What happens at 2:18?

  • 2:46... who is Ronda??!!

  • How would you describe the dynamics?