Well, this star was way too young, and way too bright, to flame out at age 57. I didn't particularly follow his music, but every once in awhile one of his songs would get stuck in my brain for hours, and whenever I happened to see a clip of him performing, I'd think to myself, "Wow, I always forget how insanely talented this guy is."
It wasn't just the ace songwriting, or the fact that he played every instrument on his albums, or his mesmerizing stage presence. There was simply an integrity to his work that you couldn't help but respect. Like our Ray, Prince fought for this artistic freedom, and for the right to do things his way. He had a vision indeed. So few pop performers these days really have a vision beyond making money and being a star. No question about it, Prince was one of a kind.
It's been such a heartsore year for the music industry -- so many irreplaceable losses...
Manic Monday, Nothin' Compares to You, Sugar Walls, I Feel For You, When You Were Mine (Cyndi Lauper), Love, Thy Will Be Done (Martika), Love Bizarre (Sheaila E.); some great Prince tunes and some of my fav pop tunes that were performed by others.
Prince helped spawn some fine acts like The Time. Jesse Johnson of the Time is considered a fantastic guitarist on his solo records but he almost sounded too much like Prince. Sheila E. was a great Prince collaborator & musician and Ms. Escovedo is the niece of former Rank And File'r Alejandro Escovedo.
Prince was an insanely productive writer and multi-faceted instrumentalist, with great stage presence and guitar chops. He was everything that is mostly lacking in pop and what passes as r & b music today.
There are some bright lights out there such as Leon Bridges who are keeping the soul flame alive. I'm sure our dearly beloved and departed symbol was an inspiration to him and countless others!
I wish I could have met you and talked over most anything with you, even religion!
PRINCE NELSON, RIP!
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2016 0:27:15 GMT -5 by bamajohn1