Taking a break from my usual cold cases and current events to pay tribute to a true legend.
He inspired so many and not just with his music, Prince dead at 57.
Upon hearing the news at work today, we all sat dumbfounded, looking at one another hoping it was a cruel joke. No words could describe what went through any of our minds.
Prince had a uniqueness about him, it was in his music, in the way he dressed, in the way he spoke, in the way he interacted with others and in the way that he both inspired and influenced many of us.
He truly changed music, he left a lasting impression so deep that his popularity never waned, not one bit through the decades.
He was a pioneer of Minneapolis sound and his music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.
After several failed attempts to break into the music scene he finally broke in with his debut album “For You” in 1978.
In 1984, he became a household name with the Film “Purple Rain,” where he played a an aspiring musician, with a troubled home life and a budding romance on the horizon.
His popularity with fan’s never subsided no matter what he released or worked on, fans purchased it. From 1985-1992 he released one album per year and landed the score to Tim Burton’s “Batman.”
He went on to start in 2 more movies and released the concert film “Sign ‘o’ the Times” which hit theaters in 1987.
In the 1990’s he changed his name to a symbol (due to a dispute between his then record label, Warner Bros)so the media started to refer to him as “Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”
Prince won 7 Grammy Awards and earned 30 nominations. Prince won an Oscar for best original song score for “Purple Rain.”
His nickname was “His Royal Badness,” due to the rather sexual nature of his songs, yet it never turned off his fans.
Today, stars reacted and outpouring of genuine emotion hit social media over his death. I highlight genuine because we rarely show our human emotions in a genuine nature these days, we tend to hide behind social media, but today the posts had feeling, subsistence to them, which something I have not seen in a long time. It was a true outpouring of human raw-felt emotion and I respect that.
Prince meant different things to different people, he influenced each of us in different ways, he will be missed however the same by all of us.
Tonight I will close without my usual flair for music, out of respect.
RIP Prince Roger Nelson
You will be missed but never forgotten
June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016
Cristal M Clark
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