Mr. Gaines — Prince was a true original, thoughtful and reflective in both music and interviews. He never stopped thinking, creating, and using his gifts to better everyone who listened. We should all follow his lead, and use this time to remember to listen to our neighbors, even those who seem different.
Ms. Harrington – “Dig if you will the picture” of 14-year-old me listening and singing to, over and over again, Prince’s Purple Rain. MTV actually showed videos then and regularly featured Prince. I watched CONSTANTLY and still remember calling friends, staying on the phone and watching, when he performed with Sheila E or Morris Day and the Time. Thank goodness my parents agreed to get 3-way calling! By summer’s end, I knew every word to every song.
That fall I started high school at a small all girls Catholic school. In the 80s, Catholic high schools had dances almost every weekend in the fall. For our school’s, the Student Council chose a “Purple Rain” theme. We all wore our hair big, leg warmers, and purple. Lots of purple. Even the tickets to get into the dance were printed on purple construction paper. What I remember most was locking arms with my classmates, swaying back and forth, and singing “I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain…” And the stares of the nuns. What they must have thought of Prince. He was nothing like anyone had ever seen or heard before but still was a little of what so many loved – Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder.
Prince will very much be missed by so many. To those who may not know him, YouTube him – “When Doves Cry”. “Let’s Go Crazy”. “Kiss”. “Raspberry Beret”. “I Would Die 4 U”. And so many more 💜💜💜
Curtis Gaines III — As you all may know, Prince died recently at the age of 57. About a week prior, Prince was feeling ill while on a flight, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. It would later be reported that Prince was okay. Prince performed in concert several days later in Atlanta. It has recently been reported that Prince’s death was related to an overuse of prescription drugs.
Many tributes have been made in honor of the fallen musician. Not only did Prince get recognized from people in all walks of life, but several TV and radio stations played his music all day after he passed.
Personally, Prince has made a HUGE impact in my life.
As a young kid, I always heard Prince music here and there. My mother and brother are huge supporters (Prince doesn’t like the word “fan”) so I was able to hear about Prince from them (my mom even saw Purple Rain about six times in the movies).
One morning, about 4:30 a.m., I couldn’t fall and stay asleep. So I went into the living room of my home and started to watch TV. I’m scrolling through channels and a stumble across a movie that would change my life, Purple Rain.
Having heard about the movie from my mom, I started to watch it in hopes of falling asleep. But the more I watched, the more engaged I became and the less tired I got. I instantly fell in love with the music, clothes and the mystique around Prince. By the time I finished the movie, I had became a supporter of Prince.
Because he didn’t have his music on YouTube, I had to do my own research to hear him. I had my family buy albums, books, and DVDs about him. The more I learned about him, the more I wanted to know about him. I even had the chance to see him in concert in Baltimore for the Freddie Gray tribute show last year.
Many people didn’t understand why I liked Prince so much. I would constantly get into arguments about who was better between him and Michael Jackson. I introduced some cousins to Purple Rain(I had to trick one of my cousins into watching it by “accidentally” having it on when he walked in the room) and turned them on to some of his music. Although they moderately enjoyed Prince, they still couldn’t understand why I liked him so much.
But to me, Prince wasn’t just an entertainer, he was an inspiration. Watching Purple Rain for the first time gave me confidence that I never knew was inside of me. He showed me that I could be myself and still be special.
I also gained a huge respect for music. Before Prince, I never really understood what really goes into the music. Not only is there lyrics, but there is also compostion as well as emotion and energy. That inspired me to join chorus class and men’s chorus club this year.
Prince also gave me a way to express myself. His style inspired me to dye my hair and still remain secure with who I am as a person. I even tried to straighten my hair to resemble his (read my Spring Break blogpost – the7thgeneration.wordpress.com – about how it happened).
Prince is also the inspiration to the name of my blog. For many that don’t know, Prince had a song called “7”. The song has many religious allusions in it and in numerology, 7 is the seeker and the thinker. Prince also alluded to the number 7 in many of his songs. Also what’s interesting as that if you add up all of the numbers in the month and day of the day that Prince died (4/21), you get the number 7. The song “7” is personally one of my favorite Prince songs and I was able to use that as inspiration for my blog.
Prince’s death was devastating to me. I lost a hero that made me into the person that I am today. I’ve been struggling to hold back tears all day. It hasn’t hit me until right before my choir concert that Prince’s music and legacy will live forever, and he will live in my heart and memories for the rest of my life. Thank U Prince 💜