I have long wanted an electric guitar. One day, wile passing through town to an appointment, I saw the musical instrument store, Steve;s Music in Toonto. That place has been there for decades, and thankfully, it hasn’t been eaten up by the neighbouring retail real estate up-surge. I used to pass by this place all the time when I was in university.

I decided to have a look inside during some spare time. I recorded EVP while I was there. It was an interesting place to record in. This place has history. There’s memorabilia and photos plastered in the stairwell. It has that rough backstage feel, compared to the pristine fashion boutiques nearby.  I really wasn’t planning to buy, just a look. But I saw something that I just couldn’t pass up. I got a Fender Squier Affinity in Surf Green. I couldn’t get over how much I loved the color. If I was ever going to get a guitar, it could never be in a basic, it has to be in a stand-out color. The color is reminiscent of a vintage 50’s, California dreamin’ vibe ‘. There’s no better color for me, than this minty sea green color. I’ve long obsessed with this color since around 2012 when I was dying silk  fabric in this color. It looked like P dug this color too, as he wore it in a performance in 2013.

2013 Billboard Music Awards on May 19, 2013

The EVP revealed that P was actually the one who saw the guitar and led me to it. Most of these clips are pretty clear. But I still suggest headphones to ensure a good listening experience. I review audio using Beats headphones, so if you want to hear what I hear, then use headphones. Sometimes subtle frequencies are lost on regular speakers, and sound quality can vary on different devices. When it comes to EVP, headphones make a huge difference.

Waling out of an office building, spirits were asking Prince where he was going. He said, “Going shopping”.

Someone said, “Hey Prince’.

A curious onlooking spirit asked, “Where they going?”.

Me, earlier that day. ©2019 by Andrea Mai. All rights reserved.

Someone said to P, “You’re following her”. Referring to me. They always wonder who I am, and why he’s with me.

When we got near the shop, P said, “Going Steve’s now”.

Someone said to P, “You played Coachella”. P played the Coachella music festival in 2008.

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When we got inside, he must have went straight to the Fender, ’cause I didn’t even see the Fenders ’til the last aisle. There seemed to be spirits around, who really knew their guitars, acting like sales assistants. P said, “Ooh ohh I want this”. Someone said, “That’a s Squier”.

Here someone said, “A Fender”. P replied, ” It is beautiful”.

I’m not familiar with the names of guitar models. So I didn’t know the name of the guitar I chose until the sales guy mentioned it later. But before that, a voice was saying, “A Squier”.

And again, someone said, “A Squier, Affinity”. Affinity is the series name for the guitar I bought, which I didn’t know ’til after I bought it.

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I kind of hummed and hawed in the store for a bit about this spontaneous purchase. Meanwhile P was saying, “Andrea buy, Squier”.

I think someone asked P for help with something. A man ‘s voice said, “Please… fix”. P said, “Ohh, it’s tight”.

Spirits were excited that Prince was in the store, they were telling each other about it. Here is someone saying, “Come, Prince here”.

Someone said, “Excuse me, do you mind, picture”. I guess they wanted a picture of P?

Someone said, “Wow, Prince here. He play guitar”.

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Someone said, “Prince baby”. That is such a ’60’s thing to say. The store has a ’60’s vibe to it, since that is when it was opened. Being in there feels a bit like stepping back in time. Even the store logo has that psychedelic look in the font.

They said, “Very honoured. WoW”.

When I left the store, walking on to the streets, someone said, “What did you get”. P replied, “Electric guitar”.

It really makes me think, sometimes with the choices we make, there could be a spirit behind it, influencing our decisions. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

I rally dig my new guitar. I’ll be experimenting with musical EVP with Prince very soon.

These recordings were recorded using  my EVP Wrist Recorder 3 on June 12, 2019.

Image above: “Guitar picks” by Andrea Mai.

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