Paisley Park was the destination for Mom and Bailie on Saturday. As you may recall, Bailie is our “Purple Girl” being the puppy in her litter of fourteen with the purple ribbon, and she is also the My GBGV Life PR Dog. My mom has fond memories of the music of Prince, as he was really big when she was in college. The two of them were in the area of Paisley Park for a nose work event, and decided to head over to the memorial to see what it was like.
You have to know, my mom avoids crowds at all costs and is not a big music fan. She never buys music and really just listens to whatever is playing on the radio, so this was totally out of character for her. They had to park a long way from the actual Paisley Park Studio, but it was a beautiful day to take a walk. With Mom being a human and Bailie an outgoing PR Dog they would conquer this challenge well together.
Getting to a good spot for a photo of the place was not easy. There were either roads, fences, or people in the way. This was the best shot our photographer could get. Mom had driven by it many times in the past, but never thought much about it until this day. Being from Minnesota and living here, Prince was always just something that was here. In college, Mom had a roommate who used to do security work at the “compound”, but she never saw him.
Bailie was pretty excited to see a lot of big media trucks in the area. She was hoping for an interview on TV, such a PR Dog! Unfortunately, they were there at an off time of day, so the news people were on in their trailers on break. I think if they had known the My GBGV Life PR Dog was there, they would have been all over it, but that didn’t happen.
There were a lot of people at the fence, but it wasn’t nearly as packed as Mom had feared it would be. With so much going on, Bailie had a lot of trouble focusing on the modeling thing and would rarely look at the camera. She will need to work on her “look” command a bit more before she attends any more big functions.
Mom was quite pleased there were no restrictions about bringing dogs into the crowds and areas. Minnesota can be weird about that most of the time, but dogs could go anywhere the people were going.
I’m not quite sure if Bailie was wailing in sadness or howling in this photo, but she was definitely showing some emotion about the whole ordeal. I know she had Prince music in her mind since that is all that has been on the radio for the past days.
Mom wanted a selfie of her and Bailie with Paisley Park in the background, but with the bright sun it was hard to see anything on her phone screen. A nice man offered to snap a shot of them for her, so he did, but…not really the background Mom wanted. Oh well, at least she and Bailie have a memory shot together! That my friends was Purple Girl at Paisley Park. RIP Prince. Your music will live on in our large hound ears forever!
I’m so glad you were there with your mama Bailie…. that was nice to honor Prince with a visit… and I bet you had music in your mind… Kiss or The Most Beautiful Girl In The World?
She had Little Red Corvette in her mind…such a sporty girl!
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
What a great memory of you two there paying tribute to a icon. Great pictures.
Photos were difficult with all the people and stuff around, but it was a fun experience for those two.
Beautiful pictures! Sounds like everyone had a great time!
It was interesting for them to go to such an event. Not something we would normally do, but it fit so it happened.
Ellen Shedlarz says
A special day to alas remember.
It’s not often someone so famous passes and is so close to where one lives. You have to take it in.
Sparkle the PBGV says
Thanks, Emma, for allowing Bailie to take over your blog. Our favorite Prince tune is 1999. RIP, Prince. XOXO Sparkle
Mom likes that one too. There are just too many to single one out I think.
Will (MarkingOurTerritory.com) says
Sad day, but so great to see his hometown community rally around for the memorial.
It’s still pretty crazy around these parts with people memorializing at different spots, but he was a genius and deserves the recognition. It has all be real peaceful, which is amazing and wonderful.
Wow. That is awesome that you were able to go and pay tribute to Prince. We are big fans since high school and was so sad to hear about his death.
Mom has been a fan since college so why not go. It’s not often something like that is so close to where we live.
I’m kinda sad that Baillie wasn’t sporting a raaspberry beret for this photo shoot.
We don’t have a raspberry beret, just a black one. She had on her purple collar and matching leash. It was really a spur of the moment decision too.
What a wonderful outing and how exciting that Bailie got to pay tribute to such a talented artist. Mama was also a big fan of Prince!
It was fun and it was a beautiful day to be out walking around too.
Savannah's Paw Tracks says
Bailie you have the longest tongue! You were excited or warm I bet. Too bad the cameras didn’t know you were there
She has a mile long tongue! It was a nice warm day out and there was a long walk from the parking spot to Paisley Park.
Two French Bulldogs says
Wow! Very exciting. What a music world loss
Lily & Edward
It is a shame. So many good musicians pass so young…well, Mom says they are young, to me making it to 50+ seems like forever.
Dolly the Doxie says
So glad you got a picture of you and your mom Bailie. My mom hates having her picture taken but some times you really want to see you were there. Mom is a pretty big Prince fan even though he’s a generation or two younger than her music tastes. It’s a very sad tragedy when someone that talented dies too young. Glad you got to visit the memorial. Love Dolly
My mom doesn’t like her photo taken either, but sometimes it just should be done. Prince was amazing and he was so big when Mom was in her “wild” years. It is a sad thing he is gone.
Frankie and Ernie says
What a GRAND and appropriated Tribute to a very talented man. RIP Prince.
Very well said, you guys.
M. K. Clinton says
I actually thought of you when they said where Prince lived. I had no idea! It is nice that you were able to go be a part of the experience. He was truly an incredible artist.
We have a lot of famous artists that come out of our state. They say the Twin Cities are the biggest cultural mecca after NY and LA. Bob Dylan is from here, and many actors as well. Since Mom and Bailie were only a few miles away, they had to go.
Oh i loved Prince and would have loved to have been able to go. Such a loss. Music has always been a vital part of my life/memories. DakotasDen
It was fun to actually go there rather than just passing by and barely noticing. So sad he is gone.
Jan K says
That is so nice that your Mom and Bailie went there! You actually gave us a perspective that I hadn’t seen on TV….the size of that compound is amazing (and I didn’t realize it was near where you live)! So I’d say Bailie did her job well. I have not been able to get “Purple Rain” out of my head for many days now!
We have so many songs stuck in our heads. I don’t know how it is other places, but here the news and radio is all Prince since Thursday. He was a big influence in Mom’s college years.
That was indeed a special journey to pay tribute to a most talented artist.
I bet even you kitties enjoy some of his music!
Was it hot? Bailie looks a little warm. Mom was wondering if you all were near to Paisley Park. Purple girl did good!!
It was in the 70’s, but we were out in the sun, so she was a bit warm, not too warm, though. We live about 45 mins from there, but the nose work even was just 8 miles away, so we had to go. It was a spur of the moment decision…which is why Mom wasn’t wearing purple.
BJ Pup (Lynda) says
ballie you are such a publicity hound. it was too bad they the people were in tailer.
Had we been there a bit earlier, they would have all been out for their noon reports. Oh well.
Jeanne Pursell says
What a wonderful tribute to a very talented musician. It’s very nice that you got a photo of the two of you together. Thank you for all these wonderful photos.
It was fun for Mom and Bailie to check it out together. Prince had a big influence on Mom’s life for many years.
Pooch Smooches says
So sad that Prince died so young. I didn’t realize a lot of things about him until his passing – like what a big presence he was in the community there. We don’t like crowds either, but that’s pretty cool that you were able to go there and pay respects with some of his other fans. A memorable day.
He was huge here and really giving as well. Every so often we would hear of impromptu concerts he was having on the radio. Although he kept to himself, he was still out and about in the community performing and helping the little guy.
2 Brown Dawgs says
It was nice that you were able to visit and pay respects.
It was fun to be a part of the whole thing since Prince’s music has been a part of our lives.
It was nice of Mom to take Bailie there so they could check it out and say final goodbyes. What a sad thing it was.
What a shock really. It is odd having something so big right in our backyard, but it was nice to go see it.
Groovy Goldendoodles says
From one Prince fan to another we thank you for going to Paisley Park for us!
You are welcome. It is so sad he is gone.
Tails Around the Ranch says
Not out Bailie partied like it was 1999! Hard to believe the man and his music lived in that complex.
Tails Around the Ranch says
Please change that to “No doubt.” Grr, Siri.
It is an odd spot, but it is “the” spot. No doubt fits much better than not out 😉