Well, good. Good job, everyone.
Wednesday brought with it another reminder of our ineluctable march away from relevance and towards the grave (well, YOUR inelecutable march away from relevance and towards the grave: I wasn’t born when this song came out! Hooray, relevance! Vines! Youth! Things!) when Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Mich.) and Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) marked the 30th anniversary of Prince’s “Purple Rain” by covering his songs on the guitar, lyrics mostly intact.
Fortunately, the medium for this was Vine, where you can only perform for 6 seconds at a time — just long enough to be kind of endearing.
Here’s Ellison’s cover of “Purple Rain.”
And here’s Crowley, doing “Raspberry Beret,” temporarily muted.
Fun fact: When I first heard “raspberry beret,” I thought the lyric was “brass spherical ring,” which never made any sense.
Even Prince can’t quite weather the slow erosion of cool. This reminds me of the time Paul Ryan mentioned that his favorite band was “Rage Against The Machine.” Time passes and no matter how hip you are, one day, you will receive the endorsement of a man standing in his Congressional office with one foot on a chair, and the cold hand of death will grip your heart.
This is what we have to look forward to. In 20 years, it’ll be the Honorable Lady from New York lip-synching “Poker Face” on some new even shorter video medium that has yet to be invented. It’s all downhill from here.