“I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain”
~The Purple Rain
A great artist called the final shots on life and left the world to mourn for the loss of great music. Prince, aged 57, passed away last week due to health complications leaving a void that musicians from this generation can never fill up.
Prince had cancelled some dates of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour in early April because his representatives said he was suffering from flu. A week ago, Prince was hospitalized after his private plane made an emergency landing after a show in Moline, Illinois.
As the singer lay low, owing to his illness, various reports emerged that he was suffering dehydration and was getting over the flu. While anxious fans heaved a sigh relief at the betterment of their favourite singer, Prince’s life slipped away silently. The megastar was found dead at his home elevator at Paisley Park in Minnesota, on Thursday.
For a flamboyant artist, who would shock his fans with his whacky getup and wild performance, this was a very silent way to bid goodbye to the world. Like his name, Prince remained the king of artistry and individuality for four decades.
Prince, who debuted in music in 1978, showed the world how he was a master at his job, as he topped charts in almost every genre of music: from funk, soul, gospel and rock to jazz, hip-hop and psychedelia.
His music was an expression of seamless weaving of genres that swayed millions of fans across the world. Prince was a singular force, and he wrote nearly all of his own songs at the beginning of his career. A rebel to the core, the singer shunned interviews.
A man known for his androgynous display of personality, Prince was so comfortable in exuding dual sexualism in his album art and lyrics, that it made the macho look uncool. His albums Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times broke norms and that set him apart as an artist. Purple Rain sold more than 20 million copies.
Three days into Prince’s death, and insensitive blokes were already trying to rake in money by tell-tale stories of the singer’s drug addiction. A drug dealer from yore, with whom Prince last communicated in 2008, has come forward with “stories” of how the singer totally relied on drugs for his stage performances.
Dr D might have earned his 1-day fame, but for fans, the singer is much more than his personal battles. And we shall remember Prince for the making us the see the world through his wonderful music.