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!
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.
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…
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!!
He was a brilliant talent. He was controversial. He was different. He was influential. He was an amazing performer.
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.