2016 is turning into the year of celebrity deaths. Hearing about Prince’s death today was a surprise that was right up there with Kurt Cobain, Micheal Jackson and David Bowie. Of course some will mention Lennon and Elvis, but I am only speaking of artist in my time.
Prince had 48 records, although about 10 of those were greatest hits. I wasn’t a huge Prince fan but i did own three of his CD’s, Purple Rain, Batman Soundtrack, and Diamonds and Pearl’s. Of course he had other hits that i liked, but again I wasn’t a big enough fan to keep buying more CD’s.
The movie Purple Rain is right up there with Shawshank Redemption, if you are flipping through the channels and see that it’s on, it stays on. The great thing about that movie is that it had one of the best soundtracks of all time. I can only imagine how people felt seeing it in the movie theaters, you got to see a movie and basically a free concert.
The cool thing about him was how many damn songs he wrote for other artist, all while not including his name as the writer. Nothing compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor, Manic Monday by Bangles, Stand back by Stevie Nicks, How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore by Alicia Keys just to name a few. Lyrically the guy was a genius.
I heard about Prince’s death from my wife. After she told me, the first thing I (along with probably hundreds of thousands of fans) was go to YouTube to jam out to his music. The problem is though, Prince didn’t allow his music on YouTube. He was the Lars Ulrich before Lars. Prince felt that since isn’t getting paid loyalties from YouTube, his music shouldn’t be on it. So now I sit here typing this, listening to an older version of Purple Rain that someone just uploaded on YouTube. People must think that just because he is now dead, that his estate wont continue to remove music lol
The Goblin King is now joined by a Prince