Battle of the Songs: The Decisive Battle During Rainy Season With These Prince-penned Songs

Battle of the Songs: The Decisive Battle During Rainy Season With These Prince-penned Songs

It’s the middle of June and the rain is not showing signs of letting up. June is traditionally the month of the rainy season (or 梅雨) here in Japan. Today was an awful day where it was raining heavily and super windy. It was a perfect day to think about the latest Battle of the Songs: The Decisive Battle During Rainy Season.

But, June is also the season of hydrangea or アジサイ. This beautiful flower can be found in different shades of pink, red, blue, and purple. A flower that blooms between May and July, it is a photographic gem that appears in various Japanese literature, paintings, dishes, and drinks. It is actually the official flower of the ward I live in here in Japan, so there is a lot of hydrangeas planted all over the ward.

Tying “Purple” with “Rain”

How do hydrangeas and the rainy season tie into this month Battle of the Songs? Well, if you take the purple (color) from the hydrangea and the rain from the rainy season, you get “Purple Rain”, which is one of the most popular songs from Prince’s discography.

Actually, Prince’s birthday is in June, which was last week on June 7. However, I am not going to do a battle on Prince songs. As great as his albums were, I really want to focus on the songs that he wrote for other artists. He wrote a lot amazing songs that are so well known like “Nothing Compares 2 U”, “I Feel For You”, and “Glamorous Life”. It is hard to pick only two songs because all his songs are so good.

Sheila E – “Sister Fate” (1985)

Sheila E. is an amazing musician who has mad drumming skills. My all-time favorite song from her is her first single, “The Glamorous Life”. But, I didn’t want to feature that on today’s post because that song was super-popular when it came and I feel like it is the only song that people know Sheila E. for.

I choose “Sister Fate” because it features Sheila E’s mad drumming skills (as you can heart in the very beginning). It also had funky beats written by Prince. Although the single didn’t do well when it was released in 1985, the song is very upbeat and pleasant to listen to. You can hear the influence of Prince in the melodies during the verses.

Fun Fact: When I was little, I thought Sheila E. was related to Prince because I thought she was the female version of him.

Morris Day and The Time – Jungle Love (1984)

Apparently, according to many articles like this one, many didn’t know that “Jungle Love” was written by Prince. That seems strange. But, I think it because Prince used an alias when he wrote the song. Yet, he was the producer of their early hits, like the one above.

The band is filled with talented musicians. It had Prince as well as Morris Day and the legendary Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. This duo wrote a ton of hits for Janet Jackson, Karyn White, Human League, New Edition (and members’ solo careers), and etc. This band was the start of the careers of many talented musicians.

“Jungle Love” is a funky tune that will have you get and up dance.


What Will It Be?

Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor of the first-ever “Battle of the Songs”? Tell me in the comments below! Also, tell me why you choose a particular version! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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  1. Nice to see you back in Battle mode.

    Some good songs which makes for a decent Battle. “Jungle Love” keeps me bopping to the music–fun to hear this again.

    But Sheila E. wins it for me. I used to have her Glamorous Life album on vinyl, but I’m not sure that I still have it. She is extremely talented and I like the sound of her music. Had me dancing in my desk chair.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Japan? How awesome is that? Someday I hope to go visit Tokyo Disney!

      1. I hope that you get to. I just visited Universal Studios Japan last weekend and it was a blast.

  2. Ha! I used to think the same about Sheila E! Prince was so full of talent, and it’s true he did often use an alias on the songs he wrote for others.

    I’m voting for Morris Day. It made me want to get up and dance!

    And.. I also remembered to subscribe to new posts, so that I don’t miss out.

  3. I didn’t know Prince penned these songs! As a Minnesota girl, you better believe there is a place in my heart for Prince and his talent! Love his music so much! Voting for Curious Thing 🙂

    1. Where are you from in MN? I used to live in ND when I was in middle school and would go to MN a lot with family.

  4. oh my gosh this is awesome ha- i actually didnt know Prince penned these songs either ha! Great article!

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  5. It’s hard to compare good music to other good music. They both can be good for different reasons. I enjoy both of those songs.

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  6. I loved reading this. It was interesting I am going to follow your blog.

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter as well as musician. What is your favorite song written by him?

  7. I’ve always been a fan of Prince songs, but I didn’t know he wrote songs for others as well. He was such a talented musician.

    1. Prince was a fantastic musician. What is your favorite song written by him?

  8. Purple rain is and will always be one of my all time fave songs! No competition with this!

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  9. I knew he pinned most of these but not all.

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  10. Jungle love yes! So fun and really reminds me of driving int he car with my parents LOL

  11. I had no idea that Prince wrote these songs! Listening to both, I think I would go with Jungle Love. It just appealed to me more because of the beat that just made me get up and dance! 🙂

  12. That flower from Japan is stunning. I see what so many drinks and paintings are created after it. This was such an interesting read.

    1. It is a beautiful flower. I see them every day as they are the official flower of the ward I live in.

  13. Never heard of Morris Day and the Time; now I’m gonna YT them. Interesting. I like Sister Fate.

  14. Prince was multi-talented and he had a knack for finding other talented musicians. 🙂 Both Sheila E. and Morris Day & The Time are well-known members of his “Mafia”. Both tunes had plenty of funk and pizzazz, but my vote goes to Morris Day. His recording was ever so slightly more appealing.

  15. Prince! I love him! I think I’d be kicked out of my state if I didn’t (I’m from MN), but he was amazing so there’s nothing to worry about. I love these songs! Thanks for sharing.

    1. What part of MN are you from? I lived in ND when I was in middle school and we went to MN a lot.

  16. I enjoyed both songs. I actually didn’t know Prince-penned these songs either, he so talented. Love it.

  17. Omg so many awesome songs!!! I just love all prince songs. He was so talented

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  18. OMG….so enjoyed the songs shared here. An interesting sharing, thanks! cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  19. Did not know he penned these great tunes for other – awesome!

    1. Great songs. This is the first time I heard them.

      1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

    2. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  20. I didn’t know of the two songs suggested (until now) but I loveeeee Purple Rain 🙂

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  21. The drum beat of the first song is fantastic. I don’t know much about Prince but he definitely has some awesome stuff out there.

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  22. Oh..I must give it to Jungle Love because it makes me want to dance and I love the beat. He gets my vote

  23. I haven’t heard about these songs. I will listen to them now.

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  24. Classic Music! Brings back such good memories

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  25. Jungle love is my kind of music…lol

  26. I prefer the Jungle Love! It’s my first time to hear about them. Both songs were written around a decade before I was born. LOL

  27. I have always loved Prince music. I also got the chance to see his place while visiting Turks and Caicos.

    1. That seemed like a really cool experience! How was it?

  28. A difficult decision! Prince is in many of my childhood memories so I’m a little biased towards him.

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  29. Prince has written so many great songs that have been major hits for other artists however I will always prefer those her wrote and performed himself. Still, if I have to choose one that he did not record, my vote goes to Manic Monday

    1. That is a legendary song! I love The Bangles version as it upbeat and always true!

  30. I love PRINCE! Purple Rain is one of my favorites. 😉

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  31. Prince was so talented. Definitely one of my faves. I gotta vote Sheila E.

  32. I love Prince – a friend put me on recently and his songs are so great.

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  33. I’m in the mood for some great music today! I’ll listen to your suggested songs… Thank you!!

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  34. To be honest, I have never heard of these songs! After reading this post and listening to the songs, my vote goes to Jungle Love ☺

  35. I’ve never heard all of these artist but I would love to check all of them Majority love Prince songs so I will check this out!

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  36. great read

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  37. I have never heard of these songs, but of course, my daughter does. She is a huge Kpop fan and all those genres and foreign singers.

    1. Really? You never knew about Shiela E, Prince, or Morris Day and the Tome?

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  38. Love these choices and the things I didn’t know!

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  39. It has been so long since I have heard any of Prince’s songs, Purple rain is truly a classic. Music nourishes the soul.

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”

  40. It’s really hard for me having to choose between this two songs because I love the talented drumming and dancing skills of Sheila’s sisters fate but l most loved the rocky vibes I got from the Prince song jungle love.

  41. This is such an intriguing piece of writing.

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  42. So funny we were just talking about Prince with my husband and I open your blog and there he is! haha, what a coincidence! I’m not particularly a fan of Prince and I didn’t know either of these songs, so thank you for sharing them! At first impression, I’d prefer the song “Jungle love”.

  43. I had no idea Prince wrote the songs, what an amazing talent!!! I love his work.

    1. Prince was a fantastic musician. What is your favorite song written by him?

  44. Enjoyed reading your post. Haven’t heard these songs. Will do now.

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  45. Thank you for sharing this song tactics with us.

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  46. Am not surprised Prince wrote it.

    1. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

    1. Thanks. It will still rain until next weekend. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  47. I love your blog! it keeps introducing me to new music every time.

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  48. Sheila E for the win!

  49. I had no idea that Prince wrote these songs, he was so talented. I’m going to have to go with Morris Day anything that makes you want to get up and dance is always going to be the winner!

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  50. Fantastic set of songs! Losing Prince was tough for the music world, and this really makes you appreciate him…

    1. Prince was a fantastic musician. What is your favorite song written by him?

  51. I lovvvved Morris Day & the Time, I remember we had their album! I could see that they had a very strong Prince persona about them!!!

  52. The Decisive Battle During Rainy Season is my thing!

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  53. There are some songs I haven’t heard still. Thanks for sharing this great songs. The hydrangeas have always looked pretty to me.

    1. This is the first time I see about that songs. But anyway thank you for share about this

    2. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

    3. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  54. I have to admit I didnt know Prince wrote these songs! I am going to have to sit and relisten to them all now with that in mind.

    1. Prince was a fantastic musician. What is your favorite song written by him?

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  55. I love the song Purple Rain. I always find it so uplifting. A great driving song too.

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  56. Great tracks… I haven’t heard them before I don’t think. Prince was such a talented songwriter wasn’t he?

    1. He was! What is your favorite song written by him?

  57. I’m going to pick Jungle Love by Morris Day and the time. I am an avid fan of prince and familiar with his groups and songwriting that he did for others. While I like Sheila E, she has no identity apart from Prince. Here drum skills are unparalleled but she comes off as a Prince wanna a be, Prince as woman while Morris Day adds his signature pretty boy persona, his famous jungle sound, original dance moves that separates him from Prince with only the subtle influence of Prince.

  58. I grew up in Minnesota so Prince of course is near and dear to my heart. This is an epic battle!

    1. Oooh, which part of MN did you grow up in? I lived in ND when I was in middle school and would often go to MN with family.

  59. I learned so much about Prince that I never knew! Sorry, I’m a “Purple Rain” addict through and through.

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  60. A very interesting perspective.

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  61. Tying purple with the rain is such a great way to make a dreary day turn into a good one!

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  62. This was super cool! And neat to learn more about him especially after his passing.

    1. Prince was a fantastic musician. What is your favorite song written by him?

  63. I didn’t know that Price wrote songs for others either. He was such a big artist, so creative. Purple Rain is one of his most famous songs.

    1. Prince was a fantastic musician. What is your favorite song written by him?

  64. All the songs are good but I’ll go with
    Sheila E – “Sister Fate”

  65. Since I can’t pick Purple Rain, I’ll go with Jungle Love. Just because it makes me want to get up and dance.

  66. You brought me so many good memories with all this music especially Purple Rain have been Prince fan for years!

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  67. I love Purple rain too! Such a lovely and very interesting post! I’m a huge music fan!

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  68. I just love Morris Day and The Time by Jungle Love. It sounds lo lively perfect genre indeed.

  69. So interesting! It’s great to learn more about Purple Rain and Prince! I love Japan and hydrangeas are one of my fav flowers.

  70. I like the Hydrangeas. They are my most favorite flower.

  71. Music that brings you back memory lane, Shiela E’s music really is something. A fan here! 🙂

  72. I knew Prince was a prolific songwriter. I just didn’t realize he collaborated with so many people. If I am to select just one of these though I have to go with Purple Rain by Prince and performed by Prince. So beautiful and haunting.

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  73. Wow! This is quite a selection. I am not very familiar with the songs and singers but would really love to explore their kind of music.

    1. Thanks for commenting. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  74. I absolutely love both of these songs and hadn’t heard them for so long!

  75. I do love the Hydrangea. It seems like it is rainy season everywhere.

    1. Thanks for commenting. Which was your favorite?

  76. Prince was one of my all time favorites as an artist. He was a super talented musician and I will always miss his presence.

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  77. I’m going to have to go with a jungle love. I just really liked how funky and fun the beat was. I pick this one over Sheila E.

  78. Purple Rain will remain my favorite song.

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  79. I didn’t know that Prince wrote those songs he was such a prolific musician. BTW Japan is a must for me. Thanks for sharing such an informative article.

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him? And please come to Japan, its a beautiful country!

  80. Ah Prince ! What a legend ! Love that song !

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

  81. I have first time heard these songs and both are nice.

  82. Prince was such a beautiful talented man! Purple rain is still and will always be my favorite songs! Prince is a Gemini man and us gemini men are so talented!

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  83. First time hearing both of the songs shared. But I do of course know purple rain!! Fun post!

    1. That is a legendary song! Not my favorite (as I like other songs from him more) but I do like “Purple Rain”.

  84. I’d go for Prince. He got really great songs. A very talented artist.

    1. Prince was a fantastic songwriter. What is your favorite song written by him?

    1. Thanks for commenting. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  85. Never learned so much about Prince! I am not sure which song I would chose out of these.

    1. Thanks. Do you like listening to music by Prince?

  86. I hadn’t heard these songs but now that I have, I like them. Thanks!

  87. I haven’t heard any of these songs before so thanks for sharing them! As someone who loves plants (and flowers) though, I love hydrangeas! Such pretty colors. 😭 And I’ve also wanted to visit Japan, it must be amazing to live there!

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