A sad day in music history. When Doves Cry +Fans Too takes a look on the impact Prince had on pop culture.
My father’s generation was musically marked by the Day the Music Died, that is when Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, + Ritchie Valens were tragically killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. As those musicians passed away tragically young, it left an indelible impression on the youth of that generation that is still widely remembered today. I wrote a previous blog post about it called: Winter Dance Party
In the present day, it seems as though 2016 is the year my generation’s music died. The untimely deaths of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Denise Mathews (Vanity), Maurice White (Earth, Wind + Fire), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane), Jimmy Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Dale Griffin (Mott the Hoople), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) + today we learn of the untimely death of Prince.
While some artists stand out more than others to our subjective tastes, growing up in the 80’s I have many memories of the impact the latest loss in pop culture, Prince, had on music + style. Many from the Midwest, including myself, have an even greater sense of connection to the artist. Despite all his fame + success, Prince stayed local to Minneapolis, Minnesota. His recording studio, Paisley Park Studios, in Chanhassen, is where the musician was found dead earlier today. Prince also owned First Avenue + 7th Street Entry night club in Downtown Minneapolis. The venue is where part of his 1984 film, Purple Rain, was shot + launched him into stardom, earning him two Grammys (for the album of the same title) + an Oscar. I am sure for days many will leave flowers + candles in front of the venue to pay tribute to a hometown hero.
DEARLY BELOVED, WE ARE GATHERED TODAY TO GET THROUGH THIS THING CALLED LIFE. – Prince
Across the street from First Avenue + 7th Street Entry is the Hard Rock Café where many of Prince’s infamous stage outfits + guitars are poised behind glass. It gave me chills to see it the first time I took in the collection. Having watched Purple Rain, watched his videos on MTV, when music was still the main focus, + seeing concert footage here + there on TV. In the wake of his passing, I can only imagine how seeing those collectibles (including his diminutive purple jacket (for a larger than life pop icon) + pants worn in Purple Rain + the white, puffy, long-sleeved, pirate shirt made popular at the time along with some of his guitars – symbols of musicianship, talent + style, would not only send chills due to his untimely passing, but also due to the connection fans who grew up listening to hit after hit of the pop star. Prince was essentially the soundtrack of our youth.
I am reminded of a time when I was in Savage, Minnesota, at a Best Buy. I was looking through CDs + I heard a young man say, “Who is Prince?” I did a double take + shook my head. I am sure that boy/man knows who Prince is today.
It is hard to see such talent become only a memory, but the influence Prince had on music + pop culture will never be forgotten. His work + his perfectionism an example to others to strive to work hard for their dreams. Today many will reflect as they listen to some of Prince’s hits. I, for one, will be listening to the hits from Purple Rain + a few later hits like Raspberry Beret + Nothing Compares To You.
It’s so true. Nothing will compare to you, Prince. RIP.