Posted by: tdennis2011 | April 27, 2016

In Memory of Prince

Prince 1958-2016

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It’s been quite a year so far, hasn’t it? Last week the world received the shocking news that another one of music’s finest left us too soon. There is nothing I could say here that hasn’t already been said better by millions of others, but here it goes.

Prince was one of rock’s most brilliant minds who could play any instrument and make it look easy. He was also one of those rare talents who was fluent in multiple genres; he could even blend genres if he wanted to. His accomplishments speak for themselves. He sold approximately 100 million records worldwide, won seven Grammys and an Oscar, is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and appears in several ‘greatest of all time’ lists. There is no doubt that Prince left behind a voluminous resume.

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about Prince was his insistence on creative control. His battles with Warner Bros. is well-known, mainly because he was willing to go to outlandish extremes to protect his art like changing his name to a symbol, writing the word ‘slave’ on his face, and giving interviews in a mask. It was all symbolic of how artists can be manipulated for corporate gain.

Prince was a bonafide legend, not just for his musical ability, but for his stance against the music industry. He did things his way and he had the pedigree to do so.

I did not grow up with Prince and only got serious about music 10 years ago. But the fact that Prince was able to impress the heck out of me, a newcomer, in those short 10 years speaks volumes about his greatness. I regret not getting to know him sooner because I could have liked him even more than I do now.

It’s always hard to say goodbye to people we look up to, but at the same time it gives us a great opportunity to re-evaluate Prince’s legacy and appreciate it from a fresh perspective. Right now a new generation is taking a liking to Prince and his music is topping the charts again. It’s okay to feel sad, but rest assured that Prince died as one of the most revered musicians of all time. That is worth celebrating.

Thank you, Prince, for making us happy and for leaving such a lasting legacy. We will never forget you.

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To learn more about Prince’s work, visit his page at AllMusic.com

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