Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince (1958-2016)

Prince, one of the most creative performers of the 1980s, and true musical legend, has passed away.  His passing at 57 years was unexpected and emotional.  For so many of us who grew up during the 1980s, Prince was a very strong presence on the musical culture of that era. I remember as I made my way through my teen years as an bit of an oddball, I found great inspiration in this fellow noncomformist whose signature at that time was his use of the color purple in attire. 

As a teen, I waded through his very eclectic career during what is probably his most memorable era, the 1980s.   I remember the funk of 1999 (1982), the Hendrix-esque guitar and mystique of Purple Rain (1984), the Beatles/Sgt. Pepper-influenced psychedelia of Around the World In A Day (1985), the '60s popish Parade (1986), and the return to heavy funk of Sign O The Times (1987).   Above is an ABC News report about his passing.

Here's the trailer to the film Purple Rain (1984), which accompanied the album.

By the time the 1990s came along, he was a legend, having not only produced an enviable body of work (and continuing to do so until his passing) but also inspiring the work of so many others, including Sheila E., Appollonia, Morris Day and The Time, The Bangles, Sheena Easton and The Three O' Clock. 

Here's Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 You" by Sinead O' Conner.   I dedicate it here to the enigmatic performer who has gone on to "punch a higher floor" but will never be forgotten.

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