“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”-Prince
On April 21st, 2016 the world lost one of the biggest music legends of all time, Prince Rogers Nelson. Because of his impact on my life and how I see music, I have decided to dedicate my last post of the semester to take a moment and remember the legacy he leaves behind.
If you have never heard of Prince, then you know that it is important to understand that Prince was an artist who took his craft very seriously. His love for music was seen throughout all of his work as he produced numerous albums throughout the duration of his career. He was not only a singer but a master of many different instruments, which showed just how much time and dedication he put into his work.
Prince not only gave the world hits like “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry” and “1999,” but he also brought many talented artist into fame such as Vanity and Sheila E.
Although we hardly ever heard about his private life in social media, we always heard how giving he was as a person. Prince was dedicated to the advancement and bettering of others as he worked with YouTuber Shameless Maya for the creation of his 2015 album cover.
I believe that one of the main reasons why Prince was so popular was because he had a fan base that consisted of many different generations. Not only could older people relate to his music but younger people could as well.
Prince was an icon because of his ability to be himself. He was not afraid to go out on stage with makeup and platform heels. He taught everyone that it was okay to be yourself and be proud. Although his death is a tremendous loss to those who loved him, we should each remember the many gifts Prince left behind — not only his music but his willingness to live everyday as the truest version of yourself…shamelessly.