On April 21, 2016 we lost yet another music legend, Prince. He was a force to be reckoned with and had a flare that was all his own. He broke into the music scene in the late 70’s with songs such as I Feel for You, Soft and Wet, and I Wanna Be Your Lover. His most well-known songs were Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, and Thieves in the Temple.
Prince was known not only for his high-pitched falsetto voice and catchy songs, but also for his unique fashion. He didn’t care what other’s thought and paved the way for others to abandon the fear of what other’s thought and to just be themselves. A close friend of mine, who happens to work for a local pool water company, was a real Prince fan. We were together when we heard of Prince’s passing. My friend was visibly moved by the news and said “Prince made it ok to be different.” I could not have said it better myself. He was a true music genius and just an all-around cool dude. He will truly be missed.
Prince not only wrote his own songs but he wrote for other artists’ too. He acted in the movie Purple Rain that was somewhat a biographical film about his own life. There really was nothing Prince couldn’t do. The world truly will be a darker place without him in it. I watched his Saturday Night Live performance that he did in February of 1981 and was blown away by his absolute control and demand of the stage. His performance of “Party Up” will go down as one of the all-time best performances of all time.
I loved Prince because even though he was such a big star he still seemed humbled and approachable. He did guest appearances on shows such as New Girl where he played himself. He made fun of his flamboyant clothes and his love of pancakes. Prince was a true ladies man, melting hearts all over the world. For such a skinny, little guy he could get any woman he wanted. Prince radiated sexiness and confidence.
It saddens me that he is no longer with us, no longer putting his magic into beautiful songs. But I feel privileged to have heard his songs and to have been alive when he was. It is said that Prince had thousands of unreleased songs in a vault in his house; so even in death he could dazzle us with his brilliance. I, along with the rest of the world will be eagerly waiting to hear them. Until then I urge you to download some of Prince’s songs, have your soul be lifted up, and remember the legend Prince.