Prince, arguably one of the most talented musical geniuses of all time, died suddenly today. Another legend lost this year and another artist who was part of so many memorable moments of my life.
When Purple Rain was released, I was an impressionable 12 year old–I remember going to my first big dance and when “Let’s Go Crazy” started playing, a senior named Joe took the dance floor and literally went crazy while all of us laughed and cheered, I remember being shocked when my friend Brooke and her mother were singing the lyrics of “Darling Nikki” in the car (even the masturbation part!), I remember sneaking into my first ‘naughty’ movie, “Purple Rain,” with my precocious friends, and I remember “When Doves Cry” being my favorite song that I listened to for hours and hours and hours.
Funny story, I thought Prince introduced me to a new vocabulary word, “strikerious” which I surmised to mean ‘striking and mysterious.’ As in, ‘and the most strikerious poses’ in the song, “When Doves Cry.” I kept trying to look the word up in the dictionary, and no joke, did not know until YEARS later, that it was, “animals strike curious poses.” Strikerious still remains in my lexicon and, frankly, should be a word. I also got the lyrics wrong in another iconic song, “Little Red Corvette” which was always known to me as “Lady in a Red Corvette,” again for YEARS. Embarrassing but true.
Here’s another memory that makes me smile–I watched Prince perform at Superbowl XLI with my three-month old daughter sitting on my lap. Introducing my daughter to her first Superbowl and her first halftime show, watching Prince perform “Purple Rain” in the pouring rain– how can you beat that?! I know I have video of this somewhere…
In the meantime, check out the NFL clip about Prince’s halftime show.
Prince was a quirky guy, a one of a kind, a perfectionist, a creative force to be reckoned with and a guy who liked to win–just take it from Dave Chappelle, who parodied him in his segment, “True Hollywood Stories,” in which comedian, Charlie Murphy, hilariously recounts how he and his brother, comedian, Eddie Murphy, witnessed Prince’s basketball prowess.
I was lucky, I got to see Prince in concert during his Musicology tour. You couldn’t help but just marvel at the immensity of his talent and leave feeling grateful for the opportunity to witness genius. I only wish I hadn’t taken it for granted when I passed up seeing him this year, thinking I would have ample opportunities to see him perform again.
Unfortunately for all of us, we won’t. But we were so fortunate to have his music, his talent, his genius as part of our lifetime, etched in our memories, and forever imprinted on our souls.
Prince–the most ‘strikerious’ singer, musician, poet, artist ever.
One of his memorable performances with Beyonce at the 2004 Grammy’s.