We’re done crying now.
The shock has worn off.
That or my brain still refuses to fully accept the situation. Either way, the Beasts and I are choosing to smile.
I’m no expert on Prince. But I saw the blow bounce around the office on Thursday. The collective lurch we all experienced upon hearing that news.
EVERYBODY loved Prince. Probably because Prince was pretty much all about Love. So, in an effort to celebrate that love, I gathered together a few of my fellow Beasts to share their personal Greatest Hits’ of Prince.
I think he introduced me to sex through Purple Rain. I saved for 3 weeks to buy the vinyl then snuck it into my basement and listened to it religiously until I finally could see the movie. That movie opened my eyes to so many things like family dynamic, love, sex and trying to be an artist. Then later “Get Off” was my jam. That song exudes sexuality. I mean just watch the video.
Prince inspired me on every level and in every way.
The first time I heard Prince was when I snuck into my sister’s room when she wasn’t home so that I could use her stereo to listen to the radio. I was in the 3rd grade and not allowed to listen to the radio alone. I turned to the station where I had recently heard a UB40 song for the first time, so I had a sweet spot there. That’s when “Kiss” played. I didn’t know what this feeling was, but somehow I knew, at that very moment, I was being educated. I locked my door, closed my eyes, and whipped my frizzy head of hair around as if that was only way to listen to something like that.
If I didn’t obey the rules before, I sure as hell wouldn’t start after that.
I will never forget my mother blasting Prince’s greatest hits through the house every Saturday when we had our weekly house cleaning dance party. Although I’m deeply saddened, it has helped to know how he was multitalented and a recording maniac. I love that all of that sound and precision could come from one single individual.
Most importantly the man was a guitar God, not to mention I’m convinced he was the sexiest person of all time. All 5 feet and two inches of him. The man was a sex idol in the most elegant of ways.
RIP, you sexy beast.
It’s not shocking to see the common threads. Of course Prince seems like music you should have to listen to in secret when you’re young. OF COURSE it gives people sexual awakenings.
And the beautiful thing is that it will continue to do that for as long as the human race listens to music. There are already decades of artists influenced by Prince. Even a decade or two of artists influenced by artists that were influenced by Prince. He spawned and expanded a whole branch on the tree of music genre.
It’s normal to feel shocked. But don’t dwell too much on the Prince you lost. Instead find the Prince out there in your world today. Find that feeling he gave you when you listened to his music for the first time.
Find that next Prince. Whether it’s a musician or an artist or a lover. Go out and make some new little Prince fans. I’m pretty sure that Sexiest of Motherfuckers would prefer that to anything that could be called moping.
If you still are having trouble putting a smile on your face, I’ll leave your with a word from Ian. A Princely Parable, if you will…
One time in high school I was showering at the gym, like where there’s a bunch of shower stalls in a row with curtains, and “When Doves Cry” came on the crazy loud stereo. So I obviously had to start dancing like the not-giving-a-fuck-badass that I am, except I slipped and got tangled up in the curtain and fell out of the stall onto the floor. Everyone laughed but I played it cool, because how can you not with Prince in the air?