It’s all coming back to me now, like it was deep in the ocean
I’ll beat me sword into a plow, and share a heavenly potion
with my future queen…
Half east, half west, the truth’s somewhere; rest in between – Revelation, Prince
I am, one of many that are reeling over the loss of the man Prince Roger Nelson. There are not many musicians in our landscape that can claim the brilliance that he embodied.
I just saw him perform in a one man show in Oakland, Ca on Friday, March 4th. To say it was great is an understatement. Firstly, he waited for his fans to get in the door. I arrived early and there were lines of cars waiting to get into the parking lot way after the show was supposed to begin. The concert was delayed by at least one hour. It was him and his piano. The Jumbotron gave us a close up view of his beautiful face. His hands were flawless making their way across the keys. We were enthralled, this set did not seem rehearsed at all, there was a flow from one song to the next in completely different genre’s other than how they were originally recorded. He gave us everything – shade, fresh, coy, sexy, composed, brilliant, jubilant ecstasy. I experienced so many emotions I could hardly contain myself – crying, laughing, screaming and singing along. At one point he rose from his piano and started to conduct us in unison, on pitch, key and cadence. Oracle Stadium was bewitched by his Presence. A God Like Experience. I still get goose bumps when I envision it. A young lady seated next to me told me she was 21 and had never been to a concert. I told her that this concert was setting the bar very high and we would probably never witness it again in our lifetimes. How could it be so true. I am grateful beyond measure. Thank you Jean – Luc. When I left that concert I was as high as a kite and didn’t come down for weeks – I felt empowered and rejuvenated. This is what True, Authentic Genius brings to the World.
There have been many conversations with people these past few days about Prince – one thing we all agree upon is that he was Authentically a True Artist through and through. I can only compare him to one other composer and musician that I was this enthralled with – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I fell in love with both of these men around the same time. As a teenager I sang compositions by both of them on stage . It is easy to compare them, prolific in their writing, completely original and inspired by Divinity. Unlike Mozart, Prince knew that in order to sustain his brilliant work it required a connection to his spiritual life. Which was evident in his Life
His indulgent play with sexuality and love of women is a sign of devotion to creative magic. It is where all life springs from, is it not.
Think of your favorite songs by him, not just the top 40, but songs you had to dig into albums to discover…
I have searched extensively for links to the songs, but as you know he had his music on lock down, so whatever little treasure we can find out there, it’s an extra gift.
And God Created Woman – Love Symbol
Ballad of Dorothy Parker – Sign of the Times
Darlin Nikki – Purple Rain
Take Me With U – Purple Rain
Beautiful Ones – Purple Rain
Starfish & Coffee – Sign of the Times
If I was Your Girlfriend – Sign of the Times
Revelation – Hit & Run Phase 2 – I have been listening to this song since the concert in March
Vicki Waiting – Batman Soundtrack
Get Off – Diamonds & Pearls
Controversy – Controversy
Do Me Baby – Controversy – I love this Video!!!!
Never Take the Place of Your Man – Sign of the Times
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
This list goes on and on.
His Love of Women
I don’t know a great deal about his personal life, but it is evident that this man adored women. He worshipped them. He elevated them around him to foster their creative abilities.
Let us begin with Wendy & Lisa. Aww….
With Wendy, Lisa & Sheila E. – Yeah, it’s great to watch these clips
His ability to create, collaborate and share his works of art was one of his many gifts.
He collaborated with Sheila E, Kate Bush, Chaka Kahn, Stevie Nicks, Sinead O’Connor, Sheena Easton, and Alicia Keyes to name a few. Then we have the femme fatales he promoted – Vanity 6, (may Vanity RIP) and Apollonia 6. Need I say more. Sure why not – check this out – 9 Hit Songs that had the Price Touch.
Sheila E was still touring with him through out the years. I think she stayed with him the longest although all of these women were touched by him in profound ways.
His Generosity – Philanthropy
I received a gift from Prince. He gave all the fans that attended the concert in Oakland a free CD of his last album – Hit & Run Phase 2. I was so touched by it.
The truth is the man had been giving money away to multiple causes throughout the years. His humility around the subject is an indication of his sincerity and Huge Heart. He made a lot contributions on the QT which tells you that for all his flashy ways on stage he was open, loving, generous, quiet and his magnitude ran deep. Well we knew about the Love, didn’t we.
I had seen Van Jones last month speaking about Yes We Code on The Daily Show – come to find out this weekend Prince was behind the scenes on that one – (thank you for that tip Giulia). I am sure there was a great deal more that he did without any concern for the attention and praise. We, his fans fulfilled that role.
Check it out -A Philanthropic Life
The Final Touch
While I drove home on Thursday, April 21st – I sobbed like a child realizing that HE (in the human form) had ceased to exist and my dreams of seeing him again were dashed. So selfish of me. Really, it is clear that his life was lived so fully – he loved, created and shared everything to the hilt. He is entitled to rest and who knows he may come back to us with even more talent and beauty than before. Lucky parents to be.
Praise be to the Prince who graced us with his Beauty in all it’s Forms.
Peace & I’m Out,