Prince -The Purple One Is Gone
Prince Rogers Nelson passed away on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. We lost an Icon. An individual who’s music touched the lives of multiple generations. A man that marched to his own beat, living most of his life out of the spotlight, but speaking to millions through the music he produced. A man that was deep, profound, and had heart to speak up for justice for artists and people’s right as well. A man we watched hold to his religious beliefs, morals, and values as he became older.
Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents: Mattie Shaw (jazz singer) and John L. Nelson (lyricist and pianist) separated when he was young. Prince, during his youth, traveled back and forth between parents. In 1967 his parents separated, his mother remarried in 1967. It was reported Prince had a troubled relationship with his step-father which resulted in him running away from home. Prince was taken in, adopted if you will, by the Anderson family. Prince was the youngest producer associated with the Warner Brothers Record label, he was a teenager at the time.
Seven time Grammy winner, Prince, had several popular hits.
“Little Red Corvette,”
“When Doves Cry,”
“Let’s Go Crazy,”
“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”
He wrote songs which resulted in big hits for several artists. Amongst them: Sinead O’Connor-“Nothing Compares To You.” He wrote “Manic Monday” sang by the Bangles. Let us not forget the classic “I Feel For You” sang by Chaka Khan.
The artist was reportedly influenced by musicians and legends such as;
Sly and the Family Stone
Joni Mitchell, Santana
Prince VS Music Industry
Standing Up To The Music Industry-Telling the Truth
"Prince left the label in 1996 after a long waged a war with the music industry convention in the name of artists' rights. His dramatic decision to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol came about as a gambit to escape his contract with Warner and win back his mastertapes."-NY Times
Prince spoke out against racial bias in the music business. Prince, during an interview explained his thoughts: “It’s box office. I can’t have something like The Great Gatsby on my hands. Didn’t you know that black people don’t get a second chance?”
“It’s like Chris Rock said: Leonardo DiCaprio can make one bad movie after another, and he just keeps going. Chris Rock makes a bad movie, and he doesn’t work again. Black people aren’t allowed to make mistakes.”
Prince & Love
Prince was married twice. The first marriage was to his backup dancer Mayte Garcia. The two had a baby Gregory that lived for 1 week. Boy Gregory passed due to Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare defect that effects the skulls and bones of infants. It was reported one of Prince’s backup performers stated he was never the same due to this tragedy. He later married Manuela Testolini, they divorced in 2006. Such a tragedy that the son of talented artists did not have an aire to pass on his musical genius genetically, his ability to connect with the needs of others, and share his character and morals with the next generation.
“I was pretty wild in my younger days” admits Prince during his acceptance speech for an award at the 2010 BET Awards. “You don’t have to do what I did. You don’t have to make the same mistakes I made. The future is in your hands.”-Prince
Prince explained that prior to coming to the Jehovah’s Witness faith, he was in a position of seeking answers and truth, and that coming to terms with his spirituality changed the way he saw the world and everything around it, from life itself and even his own personal life.-Religio Magazine
"They try to take my faith. . . ." he said, his voice trailing off. "I'm a Jehovah's Witness. I'm trying to learn the Bible. It's a history book, a science book, a guidebook. It's all the same."-Prince
The Wisdom of Prince / E-Online
E-Online Captured Some of the moving quotes of Prince captured during this lifetime:
1. On His Changing Music Style, LA Times, 1982: "All people care about nowadays is getting paid, so they try to do just what the audience wants them to do. I'd rather give people what they need rather than just what they want."
2. On Not Being Afraid to Try New Things, LA Times, 1982: "The most important thing is to be true to yourself, but I also like danger. That's what's missing from pop music today. There's no excitement or mystery."
3. On Moving on From the Past, Rolling Stone, 1985: "I used to tease a lot of journalists early on, because I wanted them to concentrate on the music and not so much on me coming from a broken home...I don't live in the past. I don't play my old records for that reason. I make a statement, then move on to the next."
4. On Everything Happening for a Reason, Details magazine, 1991: "There are no accidents. And if there are, it's up to us to look at them as something else. And that bravery is what creates new flowers."
5. On Being Whoever You Want to Be, Barney Hoskyns Interview, 1999: "A strong spirit transcends rules."
6. On How Art Can Move People, Notorious magazine, 1999: "Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it's real...The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can't do that."
7. On People Making Their Own Opinions, Rolling Stone, 2004: "Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people."
8. On Losing a Loved One, Interview magazine, 2014: "I have written a song that says: If you ever lose someone dear to you, never say the words, 'They're gone,' and they'll come back
Prince Deep Thinker
Rest in Peace
The meaning of Prince symbolized in color is fitting. What does the color purple mean? Purple is comprised of the calm stable color blue coupled with the fierce and bold energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty, nobility, power, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, independence, and magic just to name a few qualities. It is no mistake that Prince was bathed in purple for a divine reason. Prince was a talented musician, person in touch with the pulse of humanity, and a man that was comfortable being himself conforming to no one or society expectations or definitions. He was profound, thoughtful, loving, and oh so wonderfully different. A man that drew you into his space, soft-spoken, and deep in thought regarding his quest for the meaning of life and the principles of his religion. He stood up for the belief that guided and directed his life to a higher purpose. The little boy suffering from epilepsy that dealt with children teasing him when he was growing up made his mark on the world. The world lost the magic of purple too soon, RIP Prince. May you be at peace and reunited on the other side of life with Boy Gregory. We will miss you and everything you gave to the world. Thank you for sharing your gifts and inspiring others to seek truth and understand the purpose of life.
You gave the world the opportunity to enjoy and love the individual. Thank you.