We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life.”
Man, it sure is a rough day to get through. Prince has always been a shining example of a human for me in several ways but above all, his authenticity. Prince didn’t front with anyone. He didn’t make music to appease, he didn’t tolerate behavior he deemed unbefitting of the reality he created. He lived as he played – on his intuition and unbelievable connection to a source greater than himself. Call that source what you will; talent (certainly), a higher power (maybe), energy (undeniably) – he was incredibly in tune with it whatever it was and used it to be and create art. To me, Prince’s sense of self is incomparable to any modern day artist and I’m honored to have the pleasure of his catalogue.
Prince was more than an amazing writer, singer and performer he was an unbelievable guitar player. Granted, the art of playing a musical instrument is not something that I’m uber-familiar with (but that is besides the point). It doesn’t take a musical genius to recognize when someone is shredding for the gods and Prince SHREDDED for the GODS.
In tears I watched Snapchat’s Prince memorial. The man was an extra terrestrial spirit and you can see how much joy his music gave people. It is devastating to lose yet another legend this year. It massively bums me out about the state of music industry and if bands as authentic as Prince and Bowie have the creative and corporate ability to express themselves as they wish and still be successful in today’s industry. Bowie and Prince fully embraced their weird and, in doing so, welcomed and encouraged everyone their music touched to do the same.
All I can really say is that the world is a better place for having Prince, a better, happier, groovier place.
“Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You’re on your own.”
Long live Prince