February 26, 2023

A Venture Through Paisley Park


A Venture Through Paisley Park
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for February 26, 2023

A winter blast rolled through Minnesota this week dumping somewhere between 13 and 16 inches of snow on a base that was already pretty established.  We've stayed cocooned in the house for the most part.

On Friday night, we hooked up with Luke & Avery and headed to downtown Minneapolis to watch our beloved Minnesota Timberwolves.

It was the first game in the past 8 days or so due to the All Star break.  Our own Anthony Edwards made his first All Star game appearance and did the home team proud.

 Lamelo Ball and the 17-43 Charlotte Hornets were in town.  We thought this would be a good opportunity for the Wolves to get a victory.

Anthony played well for us getting 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, but it wouldn't prove to be enough for the home team.

Lamelo Ball led the Hornets with a 32 point, 10 rebound, 8 assist performance of his own and the Hornets beat the Wolves by a score of 121 to 113.  It's hard to be a Timberwolves fan.

On Saturday afternoon, we did something I've been wanting to do for years.  We went to see Paisley Park.  It used to be the home and offices of Prince while he was still alive, but was converted to a museum soon after his death.

It's located in Chanhassen which is only about 20 miles from where we live.  Prince was known to hold late night, impromptu concerts here.  I actually remember hearing about one one Saturday night when I was at the casino playing blackjack.  Some people told me Prince was having a concert and I should go.  I remember really thinking about it, but ultimately decided against it when I heard I wouldn't be able to bring my camera inside.  That's one of those life decisions I wish I could take back.

 Sue & Ron Korkowski are always up to join us for an adventure and were the ones who made the suggestions we should make the trip.  I'm so glad we listened to them.

Unfortunately the no camera rule still applies at Paisley Park at least for the main part of the tour.  You're met at the door by a guard who asks you to put your phone and any cameras in one of those Yondr bags that lock it up for you.  I regretfully followed their instructions.

I was happy to learn that they let us take out our cameras & phones for the last two stops on the tour.  First, they brought us to a large sound stage where Prince filmed movies and concerts.  They played some videos of him of which I captured a bit in the following Tik Tok Videos:

@toddswank We went to Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minnesota. It’s amazing. Long live Prince! #prince #paisleypark #whendovescry #chanhassen #minnesota ♬ When Doves Cry - Prince
@toddswank A visit to Prince’s Paisley Park. #prince #paisleypark #chanhassen #minnesota #purplerain ♬ original sound - Todd Swank

Obviously Prince was a fashion Icon so the museum displays a huge amount of his outfits and accompanying shoes.  It's hard to grasp just how tiny of a guy he really was.  For someone who's cult of personality was so massive, he was a little dude.  I'd be lucky to get one of my legs into one of his outfits.

The tour ended in a little night club he had set-up where he used to perform intimate concerts for friends and locals lucky enough to find out about it.  If these walls could talk, I'm sure they'd have some pretty salacious stories to tell.

We heard there was a mural of Prince at the nearby Chanhassen Theater, so we went looking for it.  I guess it's appropriate for Minnesota that it was buried behind a mountain of snow.  We'll have to come look at it again this summer.

After the tour, we went to Axel's in Chanhassen which was a really good choice.  Coincidentally we were seated right by the "Prince Booth" which was named that because Prince used to come to the restaurant and that's where he used to sit.  At least that's what they said.  They could be making it up.  It's not like you can see his little butt print on the seat or anything.

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