The first I caught wind of the legendary Prince Rogers Nelson’s passing was when my cousin sent me a message saying “I’m sorry for your loss.” I don’t even have the words to express the sadness I felt at that moment. I then went to Google and searched “Prince, Dead, Hoax” and found one source claiming it was just another celebrity death hoax. I held on to that article like it was the word of God, because it meant there was still a chance it was all just a lie.
A few hours later WDFLM’s CEO Shawn sent an email asking if myself or Kimm could turn out a quick write-up on the singer’s death. With the time difference I saw the email way later, and was about to email the WDFLM team to inform them “it was all a hoax you guys.” I decided to do a bit of research first just to check. And holy sh!t every major news site was reporting it. The flamboyant, eccentric, most underrated guitarist was really gone. The “Purple Reign” had come to an end. My day went to hell after that.
Prince is one of the reasons I Love Music and why I am fascinated with guitars. He had this way of capturing emotion in his music. The loss is overwhelming. This year’s celebrity deaths are just too much. David Bowie, A Tribe Called Quest’s Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor, boxer/actor Tony Burton (he played ‘Duke,’ ‘Apollo Creed’s’ trainer in six of the ‘Rocky’ movies), Frank Sinatra Jr., novelist Harper Lee (she wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird), Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola, Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire drummer),…
…Jefferson Airplane/Starship’s Paul Kautner, the Eagles’ Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman, Blues Hall of Fame inductee Otis Clay, and the list goes on. It’s just too unbearable. If the reaper could just take a break already! WDFLM’s Kimm wrote up a fitting tribute to ‘Your Royal Purpleness.’ Thank you so much for the music, the flamboyance, the eccentricity, the dancing-in-high-heeled-boots while battling a busted hip, the subtle yet wicked guitar licks, and the crazy. RIP Prince!
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