Last week was a tough one for the music world — again. We lost another innovative, larger-than-life artist.
Prince has worn many hats over the years, including singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and film director.
As a musician, he was impossible to define. Even his passion for the colour purple and adoption of a symbol as his new name could not detract from his music. Whether he played rock, pop, or funk, he was the consummate performer.
There was no other musical artist like Prince.
Along with his own hits, Prince also wrote many songs for other artists. Here are just a few you may know: Fleetwood Mac’s “Stand Back;” Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U;” and the Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”
Purple Rain was not just the soundtrack of Prince’s quasi-biographical film; it formed part of the soundtrack of my young adulthood.
I know Prince is fondly remembered by friend and writer, Sue Nador of The Relationship Deal. In 1984, she had her first date with the man who is now her husband. It was to see the film, Purple Rain. Sue requested today’s song “Little Red Corvette,” and I was happy to oblige.
Given all the tributes in just a few days, it’s obvious Prince and his music meant a lot to many people.
Rest in peace, Prince. You will be missed.