This is something I hoped I’d not ever have to write. I’m still collecting my thoughts a day later. Having your heroes leave this dimension is not easy. I will probably write something more profound here soon, but for now I will simply add what I posted to Facebook yesterday, as I don’t know what else I can possibly add at the moment. I know there’s a lot of Purple Family out there who share this loss. But we will always have his music with us.
Here it is… the first album I ever got from a store as a kid. 7 years old. I’ve told the story here before, but Prince was the first musician that ever truly blew my mind. Even on this one album. He refused to be strictly rock or r&b or funk or black or white music. His attitude, his swagger, his mystique. I was forever hooked. His music has been such a gigantic part of my life. As he kept making pretty much a new album every year, and rarely repeating himself. I was always excited to see where he was taking us next. Even on some of his missteps.
Even me and my partner Terry’s first weekend together hitting it off had a lot to do with Prince’s music. Apparently my goofily singing “When Doves Cry” at the right moment is what made Terry fall for me. And I’m so happy we got to finally see him last year in concert for the first time, together!
The man has influenced so many other musicians either directly or indirectly just in spirit. But then any artist can learn a few things by studying his career. Even when he’s done things to piss of his fans sometimes, I never stopped being interested in the music he was making. I’ve lost count of how many proper albums he has, aside from unreleased, side projects, proteges, etc. He’s done more in his 57 years than many musicians could in 2 lifetimes.
But the hard part is realizing your heroes are merely mortal. Your heroes are supposed to live forever! They’re untouchable and unstoppable! This year has taken so many of our truest artists from us all in short succession and it’s been rough. But I hope that as these artists are honored more people are inspired to write, to pick up an instrument, to be who they truly are because of what they created. Music and the inspiration it causes can never be killed.
But tomorrow the world is gonna feel a lot different knowing that the man who never stopped creating won’t be out there creating anymore. But we will have all his great music to play over and over until we dance our lives away.
“May U live 2 See the Dawn”.