I read a tweet yesterday that said Prince inspired a generation to be fearless. That is absolutely true. And that first generation was mine.
I first saw Prince in Purple Rain and then later at a concert and both blew me away. You almost didn’t know what to think, at first. How did this short man, in heels, makeup, and the coolest clothes I’d ever seen, simply look into the camera and make you want him. That’s what I saw anyway, and then when the music played, you knew this was something special. Someone special. A once in a lifetime special.
I also read someone say that they had never felt such loss for someone they didn’t know and I can agree with this too. I guess there are so many of us who related to this quiet, shy man, who spoke through his instruments and said so much in the music he made and performances he gave.
I find myself so sad that the dream I had years ago of maybe one day meeting him will now have to stay a dream. He seemed like the kind of person you’d want to know. Not a self-absorbed person who had let fame change him, but someone you could just hang out with and jam. And watching the reaction from people who did know him makes me realize that I was right.
All I can say is what amazing courage it took to do all that he did, but I heard someone say he was laser focused, had a tireless work ethic, and knew what he wanted when he started out. And look at what that accomplished. He earned several Grammy’s, an Oscar, and incredible fame so early in his career. And being the true musician that he was, you can tell accolades were not what he needed. He needed to create like we need air to breath. It seems that’s what kept the light inside him so bright.
I think people whose light shine as brightly as Prince’s, don’t seem to stay with us. And, sadly, yesterday this proved true.
So thank you Prince for inspiring me as a young girl, for inspiring me again as an adult and for always playing in the background during every special event in my life. Until I make it to that concert in heaven…XOXOXO