“Every mans heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe his final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the bodies of others; If it makes them believe deeper in something larger than life; than his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.”
— Ultimate Warrior, April 7, 2014
If ever this comment applied to an individual, Prince Rogers Nelson would be the man. But how do you do a musical genius like this justice? Dude was part funk, part gospel, part punk, part heavy metal, part soul…you name it, he could do it. His guitar solos were freaking legendary, and from everything I’ve heard, he wasn’t above anybody else. He was our generations musical guy, and has been known to surprise folks in an audience by playing out of nowhere.
And then there’s the quiet charity.
So it was hard to deal with two hours ago when I heard that we lost our generations musical guy. He had such an impact on the music industry – hell – ever since 1979 at least!!! And while you may not have been a direct fan, I’ll bet that you liked something either written, collaborated or discovered by Prince.
Let me say this, I truly believe that very few people had the impact on the music industry that Prince did. From his singing, to his instrument playing, to his songwriting, to his helping others such as Sinead O’Connor, Sheena Easton, Vanity, Appalonia, Chaka Khan, Morris Day and the Time, the Revolution, Sheila E, Cherelle, and so many others. This cat was something else.
As for what I liked? Well, there wasn’t many videos on line, but I loved the Purple Rain stuff, but I guess my favorite out of that album was “The Beautiful Ones”, “Lets Go Crazy”, “1999”, “I wanna be your lover”, “You got the look”, “Darling Nikki”, and so many others.
Super Bowl 41. And let’s be honest, Super Bowl 41 between Indy and Chicago was a snooze-fest and what saved that was Prince’s halftime show – in a South Florida Monsoon!!! As a fan for decades, to me that was one of the best performances ever, certainly one of the top for a Super Bowl.
How funny was it that it was raining when he belted out “Purple Rain”. Dude had the gift.
Later on, he did a video with Lenny Kravitz for American Woman, and did I mention dude can really play the guitar?
If you ever watched him perform, you could see that he put his heart and his soul into everything he did musically, and if that is his epitaph, I can’t imagine one much better, but I’m gonna try because as I finished this up, I heard something that made me think:
I can’t imagine an individual who brought so many people of so many different backgrounds together than Prince, and after all, isn’t that what music (and life) should be about?
RIP Prince, your music and your spirit will be immortalized.
Hey Gabbers, there’s a heck of a jam session getting ready to kick start up in Heaven.