Friday, July 8, 2016

Song of the Day: Prince (and Cyndi Lauper) - When You Were Mine

So a while back I saw Cyndi Lauper in concert.  It was June 5, at Atlanta Symphony Hall.  Wonderful show.  She's 63 now, apparently, but she's still got it.

First of all, a review from the AJC:
Concert review: Cyndi Lauper gets a little bit country in Atlanta
http://music.blog.ajc.com/2016/06/06/concert-review-cyndi-lauper-gets-a-little-bit-country-in-atlanta/

I think some standout songs were, as always: Time After Time and True ColorsMoney Changes Everything was especially relevant, and sad, to me, given a personal situation.  It is so terribly true, sadly.  :(

But the most touching part of the concert was when Lauper talked about Prince.  As the AJC review quoted Lauper: "Prince was always so gracious and kind to me and the True Colors Fund. And he was funny, too – quirky as heck!"  She also mentioned that he was very strict with others using his music, but had been extremely generous with her using this next song.  And then she launched into When You Were Mine.  Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I didn't realize that he wrote that song and that it wasn't an original Lauper song.

I have posted before about Prince, and how he has written some great songs for others, particularly women it seems:
Song of the Day: Prince (and Sinead O'Connor) - Nothing Compares To You
Prince "Piano & A Microphone" (and about 37 amplifiers) Tour

Anyway, I was reminded how much I loved that song.  So here are a bunch of versions of it.
Here's an old recording of Prince performing the song:
Prince - "When You Were Mine" Live @ the Ritz, NYC 1981 (Dirty Mind Tour)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fsCsgQZww8

And an old studio version"
Prince - When You Were Mine (Audio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1oaoHhhMD4

Here's Lauper performing the song at a recent concert (not the one I was at):
Prince wrote When You Were Mine for Cyndi Lauper. She gave a nice tribute to him last night!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dRiv29zfrc

And I'll close with two great older versions of Lauper performing the song:

Cyndi Lauper When You Were Mine 1985
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4SGn-nnnhw

Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine (Live)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF9st7hYWeU