It's that time of year when former President Barack Obama names the things he enjoyed most throughout the preceding 12 months – and one of those things was a newly released Prince song.
Obama's annual, year-end "best of" list – which he describes as "a favorite tradition" of his – includes books, movies, and music, and was posted on Facebook on Friday morning:
Among his favorite songs of 2018 was "Mary Don’t You Weep" from Piano and a Microphone 1983, a compilation of Prince demo tracks released in September.
The track is actually an arrangement of a traditional African-American folk song that dates back to the slavery era.
Probably because it's a rather long list, the former commander-in-chief doesn't say exactly why he included the Prince track, but listening to the moving, soulful piece for yourself might give some insight:
The song is one of nine on the album, and like all the others, is a bare-bones recording of Prince playing solo piano (as the album's title suggests).
As Rolling Stone notes, the release signifies the Prince Estate's ongoing effort to release material from the artist's vast archive of recordings "in small, easily digestible doses."