“After he passed away, it felt wrong. It felt uncomfortable.”
Rodgers’ song had the working title ‘Prince Said It’ and was about his friendship with the musician, he told Pitchfork at Glastonbury, but “it felt wrong” once he died.
“From the time that I started to work on this album, a lot of heavy things have happened. I mean, David Bowie died. Prince died. People who were really, really close to me passed away, and that wasn’t supposed to be part of the narrative,” he said. “The narrative was about working with these people — about having good times with them, you know?”
Rodgers originally announced his new Chic album in 2015, but explained last December that the process was pushed back due to the sudden deaths of friends and former collaborators like David Bowie and Prince, the latter of which he equated to being struck by lightning.
Rodgers also told Pitchfork that he’s currently paring back recordings for the final tracklist of It’s About Time, which is expected later this year.