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I had started a draft about today being my 42nd birthday. It is still in drafts. I think I’m numb. I feel completely devastated, but I cannot manage to work up a tear. I’m definitely in the shock stage. Every once in awhile when a famous person passes it hits us all like we lost a family member. This is how I feel right now. Not too long ago we were in awe at the beauty of his passport photo. The most beautiful passport photo ever!

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As a couple of my Facebook friends worded it “Prince’s music was the soundtrack of our lives.” That is true. As far as I am concerned, HE WAS IT. He was always there. From the time that I started caring about music I was listening to either Prince, Michael Jackson, or New Edition. And usually… it was Prince! My mother took me to see Purple Rain. The theatre was like a party. I was probably too young to see that movie, but it was Prince, so I got a pass. It was iconic. And it was awesome. I was hooked! I have all of the albums. I have watched Purple Rain probably a hundred times. Like anyone else in my age group, I am just completely shocked and saddened.

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Back in 1996 I went on a trip to Paisley Park with a local radio station. We had booked the trip a month or so before. When the time came to go, I was sick as a dog. I had food poisoning. I did not care. I went anyway. I remember saying “I am going even if I have to throw up on Prince!” And I was close enough to him that I could have done just that…

Here in Chicago just over a week ago we were devastated by the loss of famous radio DJ Doug Banks who was also a huge Prince fan. I mean, weren’t we all? This is all just too much. 2016 is not off to a very good start so far. Too many legends gone too soon.

Last week when I heard that report that Prince was rushed to the hospital and not feeling well I started getting a feeling. “Oh no. Not him. Don’t mess with him.” I had read some reports of rumored illnesses. I was again thinking, “No. Please… not him.”

When I first started teaching myself to code website, the first thing that I thought to make a site about was Prince! Oh how I wish I had saved it!!

Even though he was a tiny little man, he was fine as wine. He was of small stature with a huge presence. There was just something about him that drew you in. Even guys were huge Prince fans. Women wanted to be with him. Men wanted to be him.

He was a brilliant talent. He was controversial. He was different. He was influential. He was a amazing performer.

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Right now on CNN they are discussing choosing a favorite Prince song. But, it is not possible! There are just too many. Adore, America, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, K.I.S.S., Controversy, DMSR. I could go on and on and on. On every album there were so many!

It is going to take me a long time to get over this one. I just cannot believe it. I feel blessed to have seen him in concert a couple of times. The last time being 2012 here in Chicago. It was so awesome!!

I feel blessed to have experienced his music. So many of my friends are I are and will forever be Prince fans.

RIP Great Purple One.