Prince closed Love4OneAnother.com on January 1, 2000 and replaced it with just this lyric video 4 “One Song.” It featured a lengthy speech at the beginning followed by the song itself. This remained on Love4OneAnother.com 4 the remainder of its existence.
The speech is as follows:
1999… and the illusion continues. One begs 2 ask – “when will it end?”
Unnatural disasters happen seemingly every week. Train crashes, shootings, nuclear accidents; is there any place of refuge one can flee from this insanity? Very few of mankind’s creations r designed 2 make u feel good, unless u get pleasure from seeing the human body desecrated by guns, explosions, fights, and any other things these so-called “artists” create. In the name of freedom, many have used art as a means 2 destroy the human mind. As an excuse 2 continue we hear “Art reflects society”. How many times has this lie been repeated: “creations r not real”, they say and yet any one of these people can call 2 mind images and complete scenes of horror in graphic detail. They will carry these so-called “unreal” creations around with them 4 the rest of their lives. These images r now a part of their being. In the name of RECREATION these people in fact r re-creating themselves in their own images. SOCIETY THEN REFLECTS ART.
In man’s decision 2 further separate from God, his re-creation of himself leaves him in a dysfunctional state of confusion. The mind becomes a burial ground 4 dead waste. Isolated from the wholeness of God, Earth and his fellow brothers and sisters, this man seeks solace in activities he thinks will stimulate his mind. He begins downloading in2 his brain a series of manmade creations designed 2 destroy it. All manmade creations originate from one of 2 sources: the Tree of Knowledge or the Tree of Life. One of these trees contained deadly fruit, the other – Fruit of Everlasting Life. The one who disregards this fact recreates himself and his kind in2 extinction.
U r reading these words on a machine created by man. As u read, u hear a voice speaking 2 u the words that u perceive. They make sense 2 u because u understand (stand under) the SPELLing. The words r what binds this SPELL 2 ur illusion. When u hear the truth, like a memory – u recognize it and this recognition releases u from ALL illusion. Many languages r brilliant in their attempt 2 CONfuse u. CON meaning: against, fuse meaning: 2gether. Words and their SPELLbinding illusions have the power 2 keep man separate from God. U were born in an all-knowing state of mind. The first words spoken 2 u begin the SPELL. The words come from one of 2 sources: the Tree of Knowledge or the Tree of Life. In ignorance or simply lack of respect 4 God, many use words that CONfuse the minds of humans and turn them in2 projections of their own illusions. Because of this fact, many people grow up and blindly assume their pre-selected role under a dictatorship without even being aware of it. When asked what they r doing here on earth, most will answer with statements that do not reflect their natural God-given desires. This creates a pyramid-like structure with the dictator on top, and each level under it knowing less and less. Upon reaching the bottom level – which is where the majority is, u will find chaos, disorder, and illusion. With ILL as its prefix, ILLusion is a state of insanity. In the name of democracy, supreme power is vested un2 the people in this insane state instead of God. A future re-created, 2 b ruled by man, is one of isolation and despair. Returning the leadership back in2 God will allow mankind 2 achieve its original collective goal which is union with God. Ideas contrary 2 this goal should not b blamed or persecuted – just simply ignored. They originated when man first chose 2 ignore God’s rule. Simply put – in the beginning, the Human was made perfect in God’s image. They had no need 4 knowledge. They were also given freedom of choice. The Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life r reflections of this freedom. The human is now a reflection of their choice. They could have simply chose not 2 choose. God being centrifugal in nature, freedom was the CAUSE and choice was the EFFECT. In knowing their perfection made in God’s image, there was no need 2 choose. In fact, there were NO NEEDS. There was only love in an all-knowing state b4 the fall. The worst thing u can do is give up ur God-given right 2 choose. 4 in it – u can choose not 2 choose. Therein is the final judgement. The illusion ceases and u awaken from ur dream. Now the healing begins…
With an all-knowing mind, made in God’s image u can create as ur Creator – God intended. With love, honor and respect 4 every living thing in the universe. Separation ceases, and we all become One Being singing the One song.
Copyright NPG 1999
Sam Jennings created the video and had this 2 say about the experience:
What direction were you given for the video?
He gave me the audio and the speech typed out and I was asked to do something creative with the words. He told me this was going to be his message to the world at the dawn of 2000 so I wanted to really put the emphasis on what he was saying in an effective way.
Who helped you with the video?
I did the whole thing in Macromedia Director at the time because it was originally going to be an online flash movie and not a streamed video. But since this was still a dial-up world, I had to really compress the flash file for it to go online. The quality suffered and I had a real hard time getting the visuals and the audio to stay in sync. A colleague named Lubos helped me convert the whole thing to a streaming video so we could run the audio completely separate from the Director file. I had to break it up in to about 5 pieces to make sure it stayed in sync.
What was your number one goal for the site, and how close did you get?
Convey his words with reverence and creativity. I love how it came out.
What was you favorite and your least favorite part of the site?
I love the way the words dance around the screen. Lyric videos are commonplace nowadays but back then it was fresh. For a text-heavy piece, it worked. My least favorite part is that I can see all the mistakes. Somethings don’t match perfect, or there is a sound pop, etc. If I had more time and knowledge of Director I feel like I could have given it more polish.
If you could do it all over again, what would you do different?
I would definitely start as a video piece. Obviously today it would be done in something like After Effects and be a lot smoother, like Prince’s lyric video for Screwdriver. I have considered redoing it completely since I still have all the original audio, so maybe that will happen one day.