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“Every day I feel is a blessing from God. And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.” – Prince
Yesterday an icon passed away. 57 years young. A shock to the world. A shame to say the least and a sad realization that even demigods are mortal.
I enjoyed listening to Prince. I found his music entertaining and provocative. His album Purple Rain came out in 1984, when I was just 13. Wow…”Darling Nikki”…hmmm…. not to mention “Let’s Go Crazy” as well as “Purple Rain.” Such powerful songs. Such strong memories.
He was a poet to be sure. As well as a musician and a story-teller. All that wrapped up in an entertainer that was sexual and mysterious. When I knew Prince, MTV still played music videos. The Revolution were added sex appeal to his videos. We waited to watch him and record his videos on VHS.
My family took a trip to Minneapolis around 1985. Prince was on top of the world at this time. My mother bought his cassette tape while we were there. We listened to it over and over again on the way home. Just like now, we can not get enough of his music.
More hits came along (although to me they did not arrive in chronological order). “1999” was a party anthem. “Little Red Corvette” was iconic. “Raspberry Beret” was just fun to me. “Sign O The Time” signaled a change in him to me.
He changed his name to a symbol…which I thought was very strange. He lived in Minneapolis…which I thought was cool. He was Purple…which I enjoy.
I know very little of this man. What I know today mostly I learned yesterday or today. He was reclusive. He was religious, although not in a traditional way. He was sincere and honest. He did not do drugs. He did not like technology and the internet. Honestly, I just learned his real name is Prince Rogers Nelson.
He has no real bearing on my life. He was not a friend or acquaintance. I have never met him. He did not participate in my day-to-day life. I have not followed his music career since the early 90’s.
However, maybe he did have a bearing. His music will forever ring strong in my mind. When I hear his songs, I will remember moments that I have experienced. I will remember the Minneapolis trip with my family. I will remember the fraternity house where I first got his Pearl album on CD. I will remember celebrating the 1999 new year.
Yesterday we lost a musician. We lost an entertainer. We lost a person who was just like everyone else. Someone who lived and loved. He had dreams and hopes. He had beliefs.
Today he experienced a new beginning and received a blessing from God.
Yeah, everything is beautiful!