Purple Rain

The purple rain guitar

I am sitting here on this Sunday evening looking at the cloudy sky with the intention of writing a blog entry about “The Purple Rain”, the guitar I created during the last three years after Prince’s death. In this post I wanted to talk about meeting one of my idols; communicating with an artist so free I could not imagine ever being this free myself; laughing with this person I hardly knew about strange ironic jokes,

watching a superstar being nice to a cleaner, having a strong feeling of solace for a person who was obviously extremely vulnerable during a conversation about a human loss we shared together, just to be blown away a few hours later by a superior strong person on stage in front of ten thousands of fans…

Instead of writing all this down on my laptop, I find myself procrastinating and doing other work. I decide to cover a Princess Isabella guitar with a 24k Gold leaf finish.

Jens Ritter at work

But why do I do this now? The guitar remained motionless in a corner of my workshop for weeks. It’s not urgent to try out this new finish idea. Is it possible that my subconscious stops me from sitting down to write? Could it maybe become too emotional to remember the stories and memories related to Prince?

Remembering myself with tears running down my face, on a  Sunday morning 7:30 am, standing in a fully packed club at the end of one of Prince’s famous after-show parties, listening to the last verses of a heart touching song. Prince singing together with some female singers – no instruments. The most beautiful a Capella song I have heard in my life.
Remembering myself with tears running down my face, sitting with Prince in his dressing room both laughing like kids about a politically incorrect joke he just told…

Should I write about this time Prince, in his stretch limo and I in my Volkswagen, got stuck in a very tight underground parking lot because of the stretch limo being just too long for the narrow curves? Should I write about the nerve-racking moment when Prince opened my guitar case and looked with a smile at the instrument (has it been a whole minute? or an hour?); the moment Prince finally touched the guitar with his right index finger – pulling back his hand acting like he burned himself, smiling at me and saying “Very Hot! You are very talented!”

I better start putting the gold leaf on the Princess Isabella now…

I remember that I should write the text and publish the blog post today, because the Video of THE PURPLE RAIN just went online today and I at least have to write a short comment about it.

Princess Isabella guitar

Well – I could start the blog post with writing about technical details of the guitar. Over 11 thousand single set Swarovski Crystals custom made for me, and each one single set on to the guitar. The inlay – the soundwave of the song purple rain – made out of a block of solid 24k Gold. Purple Rain – this very special song which I had an immediate deep connection to, before I even knew about an artist called Prince. I listened to it for 2 weeks during a huge local wine festival. It was played over and over at all the rides. You couldn’t miss it… my mind is wandering again…

He died on a Thursday. I was shocked. The following monday my computer showed me the tasks which had to be done during the week. One task said “send Prince sketches of the new concept guitar”…

I better keep putting gold leave on my Princess Isabella guitar – it needs to be finished. The blog can wait…

Thank you Prince!

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