This morning when I picked out clothes to wear, I unconsciously pulled out a purple shirt. It must be because for the last 24 hours there has been an onslaught of that color everywhere I turn.
I was not an immediate fan of Prince. Of course, I knew who he was and was aware of his music. I still wouldn't really call myself a fan in the true sense, but I do appreciate the immense talent of this man. There are other famous people from Minnesota, the other huge musical talent still with us is Bob Dylan. Bob has a somewhat contentious relationship with Minnesota. Prince on the other hand, loved Minnesota and loved his dedicated fans here. He often had impromptu dance parties at his studio/residence in Chanhassen Minnesota. He invited his neighbors and loyal fans to these events and would often make pancakes for them in the wee hours of the morning.
I have lived in Minnesota for the past 18 some years, but until I moved here, didn't know much about Prince. We often drove by his large studio without even realizing what it was, it just looked like a large office building of some kind. Over the years living just a few miles from his home/studio the stories about how much he loved his fans and how much he contributed to the local community are amazing. I'd heard some of his interviews and got the sense that within was a very deep thoughtful soul. Around 2001 he became a Jehovah's Witness and was examining the spiritual side of his life. He stopped performing some of his earlier works because he felt they no longer represented who he had become.
He was an intriguing mystery man and after reading that he was a self taught musician, that he played most of the instruments on his albums himself and that he brought himself up from virtually nothing into super stardom, I was quite impressed.
Speculation is still going on about his death, he had medical issues for the past several years (hip replacement, ankle surgeries) and that may explain the alleged opiate use. Such a sad turn of events, he had opened Paisley Park to about 200 neighbors and fans just last Saturday. He did that sort of thing throughout his career. Tuesday he was at a local jazz club listening to music. He burned the candle at both ends, he was small in stature, but really a giant talent...
I think this hits people of my age very hard, it's hard to see people similar in age die, just a reminder that our time is limited here. So we make the most of the gift of time. Many of the lyrics in his songs have been saying this for years and seem even more profound now.
I saw this split image of David Bowie and Prince on Instagram
... amazing how similar their facial structure is... like yin and yang...
We are gathered here today
to get through this thing called life..."