Saturday, April 30, 2016

Goodnight April

What a month.

It began with a week in a beautiful little village high in the snowy Cascade mountains of Washington state near Lake Chelan, and closed back here in the other Washington (D.C.), grappling with the completely unexpected loss of my creative hero of thirty-plus years.

I'll just close it with Prince's own words. I guess he's better off than he was before. A whole lot better off than the fools he left here.



. . . . . . . . . .

Tracy died soon after a long fought civil war, just after I wiped away his last tear
. I guess he's better off than he was before. A whole lot better off than the fools he left here. 
I used to cry for Tracy 'cause he was my only friend
. Those kind of cars don't pass you every day
. I used to cry for Tracy 'cause I wanted to see him again. But sometimes... sometimes life ain't always the way
.

Sometimes it snows in April
. Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
. Sometimes I wish that life was never ending. And all good things, they say, never last
.

Springtime was always my favorite time of year, a time for lovers holding hands in the rain
. Now springtime only reminds me of Tracy's tears. 
Always cry for love, never cry for pain
. He used to say so strong unafraid to die unafraid of the death that left me hypnotized
. No, staring at his picture I realized
... no one could cry the way my Tracy cried.

Sometimes it snows in April
. Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
. Sometimes I wish that life was never ending. And all good things, they say, never last
.

I often dream of heaven and I know that Tracy's there. 
I know that he has found another friend
. Maybe he's found the answer to all the April snow. 
Maybe one day I'll see my Tracy again
.

Sometimes it snows in April
. Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
. Sometimes I wish that life was never ending. But all good things, they say, never last
. And all good things, they say, never last
.

Love it isn't love until it's had.

. . . . . . . . . .


To bring this month full circle, these are the words from my time up in Washington:
“O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us. Amen.” — HOLDEN PRAYER

So, “good courage” for whatever you may be processing, going through, or about to take on in your life. Be inspired. Be an inspiration. Stay curious.

And as I've expressed in many posts over the past week or so...
Thank you, Prince.





GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Prince and a Princess



Lest we forget.

September 6, 1997. 

This post is not intended to compare these two people per se, or even their death — and most definitely NOT at all to speculate cause of death — but rather *OUR* role in the commercial machine. 

It's now been just over a week since the paradigm shift of Prince's news hit us. And it's had me on this non-stop blogging outlet. Observing. Working it out.

Still...

Denial, Acceptance, Repeat

And, deep fans, if you need a musical-reminder of the time — in light of our recent loss — we would have been listening to Prince's 1996, Emancipation CD.

But as we are now seeming to be entering the National Enquirer phase of nonsensical speculation and money-grabbing, Elvis-esque, conspiracy, Iluminati, ridiculousness. Okay, seriously... just stop. Cooler heads need to prevail here. Common sense. Respect. Stay mindful. Aware. Intentional. #StayAwake. About your news sources. About who/where your buying your sentimental merch from. 

Prince sang about the over-commercialization of America.

Slave was Song 1 of Disc three on Emancipation. Money is/was the driver. 



Then in 1997, Princess Diana was, in essence, hunted and killed. 

We "say" by the paparazzi. But that's not exactly true. IMHO.


Think about the chain in this.

We have a role.

There are photographers (many legit, good ones) who take pictures for magazines, because those magazines pay for the pictures, and because we buy the magazines which have the pictures. That's cool.

But when we buy more, the value of the photos — and stories — go up. And up and up.

And the risk to get those pics and stories becomes dangerous. Invasive.

Commence: printing untruths, rumors, and taking huge risks. In princess Diana's case, that risk went to a fatal level. But the more we bought magazines and merch OF her, the more that commercial value escalated. 

By now you know, I'm a very deep fan of Prince. This whole thing still feels surreal.

I also have no earthly idea what ended that brilliant life of his.

And to be quite honest, and I mean no disrespect — I don't care.

That is the business of the family and the officials in the investigation. And in due time if they feel compelled to share info, so be it. But they are in no way obliged to.

Besides, for me now, it's ALL about his (official) interviews, funny ones, enlightened ones. It's his music and live concert clips, and his life that has my attention.

But now, is the time for us to stay mindful, awake, respectful, and careful in what we purchase — and which stories we believe in. I don't think he was "killed by paparazzi," as is presumed with Diana, but in this aftermath, just be aware of what you believe/share/buy.

Otherwise, we've really learned nothing.

I am SOOOOO pleased to see many other deep fans being fiercely protective of him, today online. Their posting/asking "where is the money going if I download this or that?" We're crediting the artists. Today folks on the closed-board I'm on on FB even said that they "couldn't even buy the tribute magazines on him [right now]." That's not what they/we want to focus on. 

So all this to say simply: as you purchase a magazine, a song, merch, etc. just be mindful of who has put it out there. Ask where the money is going? Credit the artists as best you can (online can be hard sometimes). Donate to a local music program if you can.

But don't get lulled into the sleazy commercial "made in China" machine. Or outlets who support people with bad or greedy intention.


Open your heart open your mind, y'all.



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”

(Around the World in a Day)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Seventy-eight, For You



BREADCRUMB, after breadcrumb, after breadcrumb, this past week.

Coincidences.

I've noticed that even from my very first post upon hearing the [still] unbelievable news about Prince — that Third Thursday of April — I realized I was processing the news, often, in lyrics... Does not compute.

I recently joined up with an a-mazing group of Prince deep-fans on a FB closed-group. It's been a God-send. Truly.

Prince is/was complex. We know and appreciate that not everybody 'got' Prince. He is/was weird. We understand. Though we happen to Adore (see, there I go again) that in him.

So it's been really nice this week, in this world of fierce words, and verbal slamming (even from our leaders) to have forum of supporters. Fiercely protective of P. The comments are like family. I'm absolutely loving the variety of songs, concert stories, and video finds that folks are posting. Many sentiments reminding me of songs I forgot.

But I noticed something in my own processing of this news. As I'm taking my sweet time on a chronological journey of a listening-retrospect. I'm also reading Prince's lyrics.

Many for the first time.

If you're a long-time, deep fan, you know we didn't have Google, MetroLyrics, etc. You sung whatever you heard. Or in my case (sorry, Prince) on a few that word should be butchered. LRC is the worst. haha :)

So now, along with the listening, I'm also reading and understanding many of these lyrics for the very first time.

39 albums — I've had all 39 albums from Prince the musician. I'd get each albums as soon as it came out. So the collection has been building since 1999 (album, not year)

39 stories  But this past week. Beginning with “Does not Compute.” I realized, I also now have 39 new stories of his. From Prince the story-teller, philosopher, lover, and spiritual sage.

Seventy-eight collections from Prince.


And...

The year of his first album?

For You?

1978.


Right on.

GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”

(Around the World in a Day)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Full circle



One week ago today — right now — we were going about our mornings, days, blissfully unaware of the news we were about to receive in a few hours.

And instantly deny.

We haven't had a good rain here in the DC area in months. It's raining now and sounds different. Somber, soothing, somehow, this time.

Prince has been (still hard to say "was") so ingrained into the soundtrack of my life, of many fans' lives, that this news felt profound. Completely unreal. Not possible. Like we'd somehow been 'punked.' Or, like the next day — in one of his many antics — he'd say, "Yo, I'm just messin w't y'all." 

Oh, if only.

And yet. Here we are. Tributes, obits, news, and fans' outpourings. Love. And respect.

His work on earth is done.

Memories evoked. Of him, and also what was going on in our lives during certain songs.

Music is like a time machine. Like smelling your mama's cooking. It takes you back.

Many of us have resurrected old pics. Of us. Of Prince. My fan-dom even appeared on my high school notebooks back in the mid-late 80s.




But there was something, a quirky thing, in looking back and in my pinning Prince, watching Prince & his evolution, that caught my attention. I recall after he first donned the afro (to many folks' mixed reviews), up through... well... 2016.

That was was the longest he's ever kept one hairstyle. I wasn't concerned, but I recall it sure did peak my attention.

And in this image I made here, it appears that he had come full circle.

When the news first came to me from my sister at 1pm one week ago. I casually, simply, and affirmitavely said, "No. Nope. No. Nope." Then I hopped on the phone with my lonnnnng-time Prince friend and fan at the point where the news was still unconfirmed. I couldn't even watch ANY live coverage. And my hands could barely type, but at 1:08pm, I frantically posted, simply:
Prince???????????
I could not wrap my head around this.

My first post about the news, was from his own words... Does not compute.

His work on earth is done.

His lyrics, many prophetic and/or taking on new meaning now, are guiding many deep fans through this transition.

Even though we all know that death us a non-optional part of living — for ALL of us — it's in the shocking 'un-expectedness' where paradigms are shifted. Like an earthquake. Loosing ground. Or things that have 'always been there.' Or a tornado snatching a town...

Just, POOF.

Gone.

In time, yes, sure we will heal. Like homes rebuilt. Trees replanted. And thank God for time. 

But now, for this moment, to deep fans, it feels like we lost a creative sage, a inspiration-leader. Like a country has fallen, like Atlantis,  into the deep blue sea. Just disappeared.

But his music is here. Still. And thank God for that.

Deep fans also know that there's still so much more of his creativity to surface. In due time. Of course. But without the life and the spirit he emanated, which created all that brilliance, genius, translation of social issues, carnal thoughts, and high spiritual longing... something feels missing.

A bit empty in the world today.

It was at 10:07am (CT) one week ago, that this paradigm shifted.

I've said before, and will feel, always:  thank you — SO much — Prince. God bless. Rest in peace. We love you.



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

For you

Looking back at the lyrics of Prince's first song on his first album to the world: For You (1978).

All of this and more is for you
With love, sincerity and deepest care
My life with you, I share.




GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Is/Was

One week ago this morning, began Prince’s last day on Earth.

April 14th, 2016
His last concert at the Fox Theatre, in my home town of Atlanta.
One week later he was gone. 

NEW FALLON TRIBUTE LAST NIGHT

This morning, I woke to a text from my friend (my Prince-pusher and dear friend since 1990, in our Chicago days). In it, he alerted me, as he always had of ANY Prince news over the past twenty-six years we’ve known eachother. Simply, “Prince on Fallon.”

He was, of course, referring to the tribute to Prince.

But in my 5am read of it early this morning, I read, “Prince is on Fallon.”

PING-PONG WITH FALLON

Similarly, yesterday this clip from Fallon about him playing ping-pong with Prince, was posted via MPLS StarTribune. My response to it was:
Ha! Sweet that Fallon initially said, if you ever ‘meet’ him... then corrected. :( But with Prince’ energy, humor, and the news having been so shocking, I’ve done that too, over these past few days.

NEW/OLD MUSIC FROM PRINCE

My friend also posted a tender, beautiful ballad of Prince’s “Somewhere Here on Earth” yesterday. I replied to his post with, “Woah. And this is yet ANOTHER Prince song I've never heard before.” [And I have all 39 albums, plus bootlegs, etc. etc.]

Very tender. ‘As long as I'm.... here on earth.’ And, of course, bittersweetly profound now that he... is not.

That conversation continued:
My friend said: It’s from his Planet Earth cd. Do u have it? 
Me: Ah! You're right. I forgot. 
He replied: Easy to forget with as many gems as this man created! 
Keep in mind — I had a hard time keeping up, listening, to Prince's work while he was alive. Now. I've declared:
I've decided I'm simply going to have to clone myself so ONE of me can read all of these amazing articles, and check these insane performances — and THE REST OF ME can go and do my day job, have a life, etc...
Even though many of us are in deeeeep as fans of his over the years, we have never met Prince. We do not know him — oops — did not know him.

Is/Was.

WHERE WAS HE HEADING? 

I remember when Around the World in a Day came out. I HATED it.

Completely didn’t understand it.

What's all this ‘cloud’ and ‘fluffy’ shit all about? And raspberries. I mean keep in mind the context. This is the same artist who has just done, Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999. Sort of gritty stuff. Now Condition of the Heart? Paisley Park? What is he thinking???

Does not compute.

But later, it would.

THAT album would become my ‘go to’ for ANY creative painting, thinking, writing over the years. It has something in it to where I can have that whole CD on loop... for hours.

Not understanding something, but still supporting. That was/is Prince’s deep fans.

We have listened enthusiastically throughout his career. Loving each new release. Not stuck on one album or era. Curious to see where he was headed each time.

Prince & The Evolution, if you will.



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nothing Compares to You: 5/6/16 should be a Prince Tribute date

That is, in the words of his song, exactly... 7hrs and 15 days, since you took your love away. From Nothing Compares to You, the date/time a Prince Tribute needs to be held: 

May 6th 2016 — 5:07pm (CT)



Prince reeled off pop hits in five different decades. He was just 19 when he released his first album, putting out For You in 1978.

Thoughts for Tribute titles:
• For you (first album)
• Nothing Compares 



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”

(Around the World in a Day)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Geniuser

My feelings have been weird mix + migration of sentiments over these past four days.
Denial. Acceptance. Repeat.
I feel I'm getting settled, if slowly, with the unbelievable news. But still feels surreal. You associate death with a body slowing down, not the energetic musical whirl that was Prince. But what a smart, funny, insanely brilliant being he IS. 
Since that shocking third Thursday of April, it was his own lyrics, of course, which best expressed my feelings. In my first post, simply: Does not compute. From "Something in the Water."
As I continue a listening-retrospect (which blissfully feels like a never-ending party of Prince) via the 39 albums of his that I have (and bootlegs, interviews, lives, etc) — I'm also reading his lyrics. And realizing JUST how horribly I butchered the songs-o'-the 80s, sorry PRN. I feel like I'm reading brand-new stories, or at least seeing them in a totally different light.
And I know ‘geniuser’ is not a word — but as I read these, he's even more geniuser than I thought.
CLICK FOR VIDEO This is may be my favorite rendition he's done — of one of his own songs. THIS is good, y'all.


GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”

(Around the World in a Day)

Something that you'll never understand



Make you happy when you're sad, make you good when you are bad. I'm not a human, I'm a dove. I'm your conscious, I am love. All I really need... is to know that you believe.
— Prince

I Would Die 4 U





GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Love, God and Prince


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/230457705910866497/
FROM MY PURPLE RAIN TOUR BOOK—1984

GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

April showers


The final performance.
I always new April was his month.


PURPLE RAIN — @ 1:23:26 in the video
SOMETIMES IT SNOWS IN APRIL — @ 1:19:25 in the video
... and for THIS tender beauty to be his second-to-last song? Ever?? In a live performance???? Serendipity, man. 





GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Arrive Empty


I've read somewhere that you're supposed to arrive at the gates of heaven EMPTY. For Prince and his seemingly never-ending well of talent, creation, and inspiration... I'd say, "mission accomplished."



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”

(Around the World in a Day)

His ‘deep’ fans, and the encore effect


It's not even yet been two days since Prince was found.

But there's a paradigm shift in the works.

I've been watchful about emotions from the news. My emotions. And I think why the transition of acceptance of this news may the way it is. Smoothe. Respectful. Party atmosphere. Reflective. Communal. Smiles. And a few tears. Even the press conference yesterday was respectful, light, and "human" ...even funny at times.

I believe it's this: the encore effect.

If you've ever been to one of his concerts, or performances, or after-parties — you know.

You know at the end of the set, he leaves. And some of the non-"deep fans" depart. The casual fans. And hey, that's cool. That's what made him, Prince. If you only knew those 3 songs that are on loop right now from the 80s, that's cool. But for those of us who are in deep. We wait.

Then, he comes back, and kills it. Purple Rain, then a few others. Old school. The band plays, he sings. And a bit later, band still playing, he walks off. At this point, it's laaaate into the night. But the deep fans don't care. We're dancing, singin. We stay till the last guitar is pulled from the stage. He's like a perfume where even after the wearer leaves the room that essence is still there. That energy still fills the room.

That's Prince.

Like he's left. But he hasn't (but not in a creepy, National Enquirer sort of way).

Prince was on fire. SO much to give. But no matter if he was 'called home' at 107yrs old, I believe we would all still think: too soon.

They say you're supposed to arrive at heaven empty. Give ALL your gifts away. He surely did that.

And so it happened. Thursday morning.

He left us wanting more. And the band is still playing. Helping us transition, and grasp, this loss.

Thank you, Prince. Love you. SO grateful. Still. Always.  :(



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Morning Papers: 99

Since the very early 80s I have been fascinated by Prince. And I vaguely recall hearing songs of his on the radio even earlier than that.

Now in 2016, after collecting each new release of his over the years, wearing off the type on cassettes, to now downloading from the artist online (the same artist, who, of course, brought us Computer Blue in 1984... well before most families even had a computer in their homes) — I now have all 39 albums, and more.

From the very beginning, I knew Prince was a legend-in-the-works, who we were getting to see in real time. And as friends know, I've not been shy in saying so, either.

An artist evolving, before us? Such a rare gift to experience.

So today, the day after news broke of his death yesterday just before 2pm (ET), I was grateful to see the global reach and remembrances in the morning papers.

Tributes about my favorite artist came in from Florida to Finland, from Seattle to Barcelona, and NY to LA, and NASA to the Netherlands. These were things I already agree with, but it was really nice to see him get his due recognition. Though, as is the case with most brilliant misunderstood artists, sadly, not till after he passed.

Love you, Prince. Grateful.

Perhaps I'll simmer down soon with the Prince posting-overload. But this is really big. To me. Even though I sort of still feel like I haven't absorbed the news. Prince was the soundtrack of a lot of my life, and that gets woven into the fabric of your life story. Beautifully ingrained. And was likely playing in the background through MANY late nights of me creating, painting, working, or writing. Perhaps for things that you now have in your possession from me.

I also really, really adore that as I was dictating these headlines from the Newseum’s front pages site onto my phone's notes... my phone kept typing “friends” in place of “Prince.” ...same.)

In Prince’s own words from the [ LOVE SYMBOL ] album: Should we ask the man who wrote it there in the morning papers? My fave below is 55. And 3. And 13. And 90...


These are 99 (of course), of many, that I loved.

Around the country, and around the world, this is what they wrote in this morning’s papers about him. R.I.P.



UPDATE 4/26/16 (1pmET): Given I've been pinning [a ton] since adding these covers below to my Pinterest board, 'the Prince stuff' you may need to scroll down a bit in the board to see them. 
  1. The doves cry Revolutionary artist making the artificial lines people draw on the sand between musical genres seem more meaningless than ever
  2. His purple reign Hugely inventive, influential musician
  3. Everything popstar defied categorization Showed the way toward a transcendent new future for music; from beginning to end The Artist was always surprising us. Demonstrating an audacious idiosyncratic sense of style a true genius
  4. Inventive superstar
  5. Music icon A dazzling talented and charismatic singer, songwriter, arranger, and instrumentalist. Created a gender- and genre- defying blend of rock, funk, and soul.
  6. Purple Reign Legend rewrote the rulebook and not just in music.
  7. Virtuostic pop pioneer defied type and boundaries
  8. (SF) Outpouring of grief for radical talent Utterly heartbroken respect to the single greatest performer of all time. Prince didn't like to play by the rules, remained in enigma to the end. It made him one of the most prolific and influential figures for generations of musicians
  9. Revolutionary Icon Took music to a higher level with his creative virtuosity and restless quest to be the best
  10. Prince's talent sent music into new directions in the 1980s and beyond 
  11. (CA Daily Press) He was a whirling dervish of talent A one-man studio band who created varied anthems of sexuality and diversity that invited all of us to party well past 1999. Prince was: The Artist.
  12. Music Legend Shattered boundaries on way to superstardom... 
  13. (Denver Post) Nothing compares A musical chameleon and flamboyant show man who never stop evolving. Prince was one of the worlds most enigmatic superstars. He celebrated unabashed hedonism, sang about broken hearts and spiritual longings, and had a mysterious personal identity the defied easy definition.
  14. Musician rewrote rulebook
  15. A revolutionary artist unparalleled technique and taste set Prince apart from all 
  16. Musical Icon defied labels
  17. Sudden passing of charismatic pop superstar stuns world
  18. The world loses a musical original.
  19. The Artist has died The world is mourning the loss of rock superstar. Friend is one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times.
  20. (Tampa Bay times) Symbol of a generation Seemingly immortal, the pioneering pop music superstar leaves stunned fans who just can't believe he's gone. "The way I see it is will spend the rest of our lives catching up to his musical genius" BK Jackson saxophonist who toured with friends since 2013.
  21. Iconic musician defied every expectation
  22. Music innovator icon
  23. Innovative prolific artist was one of a kind force in music
  24. World reacts mourns death music I con prince
  25. Pop music legend forged own path Experimented with sounds and sights built music business after record company split
  26. Friend hugely inventive influential Charismatic musician who defied genres
  27. Music icon The talented and charismatic Singer drew upon the history of modern pop music and created a gender and genre are defined blend of rock funk and soul
  28. Dearly beloved, The music world mourns pops iconic innovative Prince
  29. Music legend
  30. Prince's Life transcended his indelible music
  31. A prince passes: his music was an invitation to party
  32. (KY Enquirer) An original... He was a prodigy provocateur and game changer in popular music
  33. Death of a Prince ...legendary musician
  34. Shreveport times Prince... A music icon has left us legend found Minnesota studio
  35. Purple reigned
  36. New Orleans Advocate Musician had history with essence festival... Prince Rogers Nelson hailed from and was closely identified with Minneapolis at the opposite end of the Mississippi River from New Orleans yet his music deeply funky and inherently sexy resonated in the crescent city
  37. His trailblazing musical talent
  38. Music icon
  39. He rewrote the rulebook Tributes grief after prince found dad fans await news about what caused the death
  40. The end of the purple reign
  41. Towering figure in pop music 
  42. Singular talent superstar
  43. (Sun Chronicle Mass.) Doves cry worldwide "an appreciation"
  44. In remembrance.  Nobody's spirit was more creative
  45. Prince's purple reign over to soon Funky royalty left unforgettable mark on music
  46. (St Cloud times) Local fans mourning Prince
  47. (Twin Cities) His music is going to live on
  48. Minneapolis purple majesty Worldwide grief over sudden death of musical genius. This creative giant couldn't be contained
  49. Prodigy and provocateur
  50. (LINCOLN STAR) The world lost a creative icon “A strong spirit transcends rules” Prince once said. And nobody spirit was stronger Boulder or more creative - POTUS
  51. (Omaha) Purple Reign A look at the life and the art of the incomparable Prince. What he meant to musicians and fans 
  52. Prince remembered
  53. A day when doves cried Prince was considered one of the most inventive musicians of his generation
  54. The influential pop genius
  55. (Santa Fe) One of the most gifted musicians of our time Genre-bending superstar who was an assertively original singer, songwriter, performer, and a whole lot more
  56. Remembering Prince A true musical icon
  57. (Asheville citizens times) Lost legend Dearly beloved musical mastermind Prince dies at 57.
  58. Lasting legacy Prince's music sent an irresistible invitation to the party
  59. There will never be another prince
  60. Music world loses master showman
  61. Remembering Prince Pop's purple legend
  62. Remembering an artist, icon, and legend
  63. A legend lost
  64. The doves cry Prince's legacy
  65. Musical social trailblazer, pop icon
  66. A peer-less reign Prince a master in many genres
  67. Seeing him was beyond magic
  68. Influential musician
  69. (Argus Leader (pic) Artist who defies definition dies age 57
  70. Prince was an original who influenced so many and his legacy will live on forever
  71. Image Tennessean He was a brilliant songwriter a mesmerizing guitarist and he commanded the stage like no one else naturally prints made an impact on Nashville and it's messy prize of the icon has his share of connections to the music city
  72. End of an era music industry mourn the death of prints a once in a generation artist
  73. Obama says — Few artists were able to touch so many people
  74. Music icon
  75. Good night, sweet Prince
  76. Princess purple reign unrivaled in his time
  77. (Virginian pilot) Prince he was a Mystery a pop music superstar he created his own mythology through every reinvention he was always himself. A master manipulator often in an ingenious way. Since the start of his career in the late 1970s Pop legend confounded expectations and annihilated boundaries set for black artists he did this essentially as a one-man band with the style that was a brilliant synthesis of the spirit stars chiefly Sammy Davis Junior James Brown and Jimi Hendrix print same blossomed into a singular artist he also was the embodiment of a famous line from canary are rated love poem about another pop genius Billie holiday if you can't be free be a mystery. Just when you thought you had him pegged heedful you again and sometimes himself. This was true until his sudden end.
  78. Pop music loses its Monarch The multi talented artist transcended and remade funk rock and R&B in his own iconic style
  79. Rock innovator What Prince meant to the world he treated pop like it was destiny. Multi talented artist who did things his way
  80. Prince dies at 57.
  81. (PIC WYOMING EAGLE) Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly or touch quite so many people with their talent. POTUS
  82. (NASA) A purple nebula, in honor of Prince, who passed away today
  83. Death of an icon
  84. An unforgettable reign He was a mad musical genius with a seemingly inexhaustible need to create and reinvent himself
  85. A look back on the life of a musical visionary
  86. Prince The sudden-death, lasting legacy of an icon
  87. R.I.P. You sexy MF
  88. The Mesmerizing Master of Pop Prince was both spontaneous and precise on stage
  89. And purple reign brings flood of tributes
  90. (TORONTO) It was 2 soon 4 U 2 GO It seemed that Prince would endure forever. The music taht survives him will.
  91. FRANCE — Purple Peine Icône de la musique funk, Prince est mort jeudi soir
  92. GERMANY — Germ Prince ist tot
  93. MEXICO — Mex Adios a un Símbolo
  94. (AMSTERDAM) — Weergaloos Performer (Matchless Performer)
  95. (SWEDEN) Så minns vi Prince (We remember Prince)
  96. (BARCELONA) — Adiós al artista que fue Prince (Goodbye to the artist who was Prince)
  97. (BARCELONA) — Prince, l'indomable. (Prince, impossible to subdue or defeat, invincible unbeatable
  98. (FINNISH) — Legenda kuoli yllättäen (The Legend died unexpectedly)
  99. (USA TODAY) Artist who turned music on its ear is dead at 57. It would be difficult to imagine what pop R&B would sound like had Prince never performed

GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”

(Around the World in a Day)

We lost a giant



A visionary.

Still surreal to me. Even one day later.

SO deeply inspired by Prince. In every facet of his work. His life.

No surprise to me that the news outlets can't get it straight about the location. Was it his home or the studio? As with any passionate creative who's dealt with creative inspiration in the wee hours, those two sort of mesh together.

He was such a force, an energy, a spirit. And if you think about it, really, those things can't be confined to the surly bonds of earth, or a body. As is the post-Easter message.

...and I'm here to tell you, there's something else. The afterworld.

But that's also, maybe in part, the reason this news hasn’t sunk in completely for me yet. Maybe, it because is feels feels more like a transition... of a force, an energy, a spirit, than a finality of death.

But this spontaneous energy, this... reaction... on Broadway's top show?

Yes.

That's what Prince stirred up in us.

And is still stirring.


GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)

Breakfast with Prince


Looking over the covers of the morning papers this morning, I'm reminded how talking about death is such a profound thing for us simple humans. I saw so many iterations — on these morning front covers from cities and countries around the globe — presenting this news of the sudden loss of my creative mentor, Prince. But of all the covers, I really appreciated this one from the Sun Times, in my old stomping grounds of Chicago, the most. 

No words.


Exactly.


I'm still grasping this news.

I understand it, but this loss feels surreal.

The loss of someone who WAS the soundtrack for me since first hearing him in the early 80s. Now gone? Hmm. 

I remember before my Grandma passed away in the early 80s, which incidentally was around the time I began following Prince. She (in FLA) would have me (in ATL) call her collect each weekend so she could catch up on what's going on, etc. I loved hearing the smile in her voice. So, that next weekend after the news of her passing, I remember... calling her number. Yes. And of course, it was not in service, so as I headed out to my softball game that Saturday, I recall thinking, "cool, now Grandma can see me all the time." As though even closer. Easier somehow.   

Y'all know I'm a huge Prince fan. Yes... “am.” The listening-retrospect is still going on... there's a LOT of good shit to listen to. And as any deep Prince fan knows, that's not even the half of it. Humbling when you consider your own creative contributions. Ya know? 

Anyway, on a long-standing bucket list of mine were two pie-in-the sky dreams: a flower sketch from Prince, and breakfast with Prince. Neither happened exactly how I'd envisioned. But last June, I did "just do it" and I asked him (via three letters) for a flower sketch. Last night was very long night, so this morning has been a bit delayed. But after closing-up at 3am last night, this morning ...by way of the morning papers... 

I suppose I'm finally having that breakfast. 

With Prince. 


Peace, my friend. And thank you.




GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:


P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)



Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Higher Floor


Elevator doesn't get much higher than this, Prince. 
Sure hope you're feeling the love. News still hasn't sunk in.




GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”

(Around the World in a Day)

Does not compute



Does not compute

So many lyrics are swimming, rushing through my head. And just about every emotion that pops can be captured in one of Prince's lyrics. Learned the news at 1pm(ET) today. Learned about a half hour later that it was confirmed. 

SO glad 'I saw him last June when my old job walked away...' (spent money I did not have — but SO, BEYOND, worth it, even if today's reports were not true).  Even asked for a flower sketch. News has def not settled in. 

The first concert I went to, ever? Prince, 1985 ATL
The last concert I went to? Prince, 2015 DC

SO blessed that he was courageous enough to share his gift, especially in the light of occasional controversy. I remain his biggest fan. And if the goal of life is to create something that will outlive you, he's surely accomplished that. So much creative, painting, writing, projects that I've done over the years to his music. Grateful. 

As another song, in a completely other genre goes: "go rest high on that mountain, son, your work on earth is done." 
Sometimes it snows in April  
Sometimes I feel so bad
Sometimes I wish life was never ending, 
But all good things, they say, never last.

So grateful. 

And sad.



GATHERED INTO ONE PLACE ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN MAY 2016:



P 7:1
“Open your heart, open your mind, A train is leaving all day
A wonderful trip through our time, And laughter is all you pay”
(Around the World in a Day)


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