Who can forget such hits as ‘Little Red Corvette (1983), ‘Purple Rain (1984), ‘Kiss’ (1986), or ‘Sign ‘0’ the Time (1987). I grew up listening to Prince and can still remember dancing to ‘When Doves Cry’ back in 1984.
The man born ‘Prince Rogers Nelson’ was an icon for so many. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental prodigy, arranger and producer; he may have been named Prince at birth, but he was a king within the music world.
Last week I got to pay my respects and to stand at the gates of his home in Chanhassen, MN. I wasn’t alone of course. There were many others there. Some were huge fans of this man and others were perhaps there simply to say they have seen the famous Paisley Park home of this sadly deceased musical genius.
Prince was a child of Minneapolis and although fame and fortune rested at his feet, he never felt the urge to desert the city that gave him life. Roots mattered to him, the twin cities mattered to him and in return, the twin cities loved him and idolized him.
At the news of his death, his home state immediately went into mourning. The mayor of Minneapolis wrote a tribute post on her blog. Which read: “For the residents of Minneapolis, the loss of Prince is too large to describe. His music brought untold joy to people all over the world. But in Minneapolis, it is different. It is harder here. Prince was a child of our city and his love of his hometown permeated many of his songs. Our pride in his accomplishments permeates our love of Minneapolis.”
He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan too and even wrote a song for them called, Purple and Gold. Now that is dedication.
Whether you are a rock fan, a pop fan, a country fan, a soul fan or a jazz fan, you must admit that Prince was a major player within the music world. He was charismatic, rebellious, magnetic and sometimes, just a little controversial.
Love him or hate him, the man truly was a prince.
Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,