Lisa Coleman Says Prince’s Death Inspired ‘Collage’ Album
Back in April, Revolution keyboardist Lisa Coleman released her first-ever solo album, Collage. In a new interview, she revealed that her decision to put out the record, a series of instrumentals she's been working on over the past 10 years, was influenced by Prince's 2016 death.
"I had to gather myself and reestablish where I'm at as a musician," Coleman told Forbes. "To do that, I went in and listened to myself. I was feeling a lot of grief and sadness losing Prince. When I sit at the piano, I always think of what might be, what might have happened, who I might play with. I always think of Wendy (Melvoin) in my mind when I'm playing, I always think of Prince when I'm playing. After trying to deal with the grief and being with the band, I collected these pieces together that I felt represented the mood I was in, and a good spectrum of what I love and who I am. I did it for myself."
After the dissolution of the Revolution, Coleman and Melvoin, billing themselves as Wendy and Lisa, struck out on their own, both as a recording act and later scoring television shows and films. Coleman wrote and performed all the music on Collage, with Melvoin getting a co-write credit on "PianoBytes," a track they wrote when composing the music for Touch.
"They were really personal," Coleman continued. "Those were things that I just did for me. They've been things that I've listened to in my car. Some days you go home from work and you don't want to hear what you just did. But every once in a while, there's a score that's beautiful or a cue that creates a mood that I love so much."
But even though her time in Prince's employ ended more than 30 years ago, it wasn't until the 2017 reunion with the Revolution that she understood just how much she had learned from watching him.
"The whole thing was kind of discovering influences, having gone back in time with the Revolution and playing those songs," she said. "I also could see how I was personally influenced by certain things Prince did, certain ways that he played, the way he approached the keyboards. I never really realized that when I was younger—I was too in it. This is the wiser, older musician looking back."
She hinted that they might return to the road again, but they have to decide how best to approach it. "I don't think we could stay apart. We just got to figure out what would be the cool thing to do. We don't want to be a Prince tribute band. He would hate that. But we can do cool things and we have a repertoire that is ours. We'll figure something out. It's such great music and we love playing it."