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23 April 2016 - 5:20pm

R.I.P. our Purple Majesty (Prince Rogers Nelson)

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I cannot be a true Minnesotan if I do not post a thread to say good-bye to a star who was one of our world renowned talents and musical genius.

Many people did not know a lot about Prince, because he was truly unique in many ways. Many things separate him from other music stars/icons.

1. He made his own music.
In a day and age where everything is commercially made and recorded with electronica and back up instruments and singers, Prince truly made his own music. On Prince's songs, he played all the instruments, which means he had to play one track at a time - for example, one track for drums, one for guitar, one for bass, and one for every instruments that would be in the song, and of course, the singing. He was said to play at least 27 instruments.

2. He was way ahead of his time.
As a teenager, I had posters of Prince all over my room, and I was amazed by his talent and cute looks. He was barely 5'3" I believe, but what a powerful person and musician! He was ahead of his time, because no one did what he did, as I explained in number one - plus he produced and promoted all, at least in the beginning.

3. He helped people.
Unlike some Hollywood "pukes," (sorry, lol) like Sean Penn and Oprah (sorry to Oprah fans out there), who need credit for every little move they make, Prince helped quietly and did not advertise just how much he helped others. For example: If he wanted to help young people in Chicago, he would go play a concert there, but all the while he and his closest people were doing outreach. However, not many knew this or heard about it, because he wanted no credit. I have always believed that Random Acts of Kindness are truly such when those who do them are doing so quietly, proving they are not doing it for themselves, but truly for others. That was Prince.

4. He was very quiet and shy, and never demanding, but those closest to him knew him as personable, extremely kind, and funny.
An airline hostess from Minneapolis called in on the radio to tell her story. She flew many flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, so she encountered many famous people. She said Prince was the least demanding, very quiet and soft spoken, and he never expected any special treatment. She said when he got on the plane and saw her, he would give her a little smile, knowing that she knew what he would like - a ginger ale with no ice and a straw. That's it! She said, "Today, I lost my favorite passenger.

5. Prince loved Minnesota.
There are a few stars with homes here (Jessica Lange and others) or who have grown up here but, of course, many moved to L.A. and stayed there. Prince had a gorgeous estate called Paisley Park in Chanhassen Minnesota where he lived and also sometimes performed. He tried moving to L.A. at one point in time, renting an apartment, but he ended up back in Minnesota. (we do have a very strong arts and cultural community here). Oprah asked him, "Why Minnesota' and Prince replied, "Because Minnesota is so cold, it keeps all the bad people away." Lol!

6. People flew in, not just from across the country, but from around the world, to see Prince - often at a moment's notice. There are many stories like this, but one time when Prince announced there would be an impromtu concert at Paisley Park, a person flew in - last minute - from Tokyo. He was loved and admired from around the world.

7. Prince's music is diverse, as he was never afraid to try new things. Not all of his music were hits, but he definitely had his share. I heard he wrote music like Stephen King writes books. Unlike many musicians, who take time off in between records and/or tours, and need to wait for that creative spirit to hit them again, Prince was constantly writing and he could not write enough. I am sure we all have our favorite Prince songs.

I will most likely be adding to this post. I will add some links to articles and stories and some of my favorite Prince songs. However, I am out of time right now, as my son is on his way to visit.

I did not make it to the Prince celebrations due to work, although I know there will be many more. I have attended many concerts at First Avenue, where they had the tribute and had to block off the streets of Minneapolis on Wednesday night. I was SO down when I found out this news during my work day on the day he died.

Again, I have more to share about that, too, and the circumstances of his death, but I will post those things later, because I just need to get it out.

In the meantime, here are a few links if you feel like reading more and/or listening to this musical icon/genius.

Death:

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/04/22/pop-superstar-prince-die...

A celebration of life:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/22/entertainment/prince-first-avenue-fans/

http://www.startribune.com/fans-flock-to-first-avenue-to-honor-prince/37...

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/04/22/prince-minneapolis-tribute/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thousands-gather-to-celebrate-prince-at-firs...

Music:

Best Superbowl Half-Time show ever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NN3gsSf-Ys

One of my favorite Prince songs due to the danceability! Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQcf2Bo6eCg

Another very well-loved song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTfJgW5M9Qc

Do any have any favorite Prince stories or songs, CL-Friends?

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25 April 2016 - 2:51pm
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I have to say that when I heard Prince died, my first thought was of you, Hope!

I really can't say that I'm a fan of him, but I do know that people around the world loved him and I respect them for their opinions.

The two things that stand out for me with Prince is this story I heard on Howard Stern, who said he paid a bunch of money to go to a Prince private concert. After being all hyped up to see this great musician, Prince ended up playing the entire show with the stage lights off so that nobody could see anything, which make Howard mad. Still makes me laugh as anytime someone brings up Prince he tells the story about the show that he couldn't see.

The only time that Prince was really relevant was during the run of Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, when he did Chappelle did the basketball story with Charlie Murphy. I put it down below, but it is VERY NSFW, so be warned.

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25 April 2016 - 10:47pm
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I will watch that soon. Funny about Howard Stern. I heard something about how he just did some type tribute, too. Bruce Springstein sang Purple Rain the other night.

Prince was in more movies than I remember, too. I remember Purple Rain and that crazy batman movie that started some crazy bat dance. That was back in the days where he had a rivalry with Michael Jackson.

He was extremely unique as an artist, no doubt about it. And he did not lead an easy life growing up.

Like I said, I didn't like all his music, but I definitely have my favorites that make you just start dancing. And what I admire most is what I admire in most of my top favorite musicians and that is the fact that he made all his own music. I don't like the commercialism of so much music these days. And that he was humble.

So sad,he just got his custom made purple piano, too. There is talk now, coming from Sheila E, of turning Paisley Park into a museum.....Minnesota's Graceland?

I am bummed I was unable to attend the memorial at Paisley Park this weekend One of my students shared that he attended with his parents. I just had way too much work to do

Thank you for thinking of me, 'Slim.

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Ha that basketball skit is almost as good as the Rick James one. Very funny. lol

I liked some of Prince's music but also didn't get a lot of it. I guess he put out so much it's difficult not to find something that you like! Some of my favourites are When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, and Money Don't Matter Tonight.

I remember reading this interview with him several years ago. It fits with Charlie Murphy's basketball skit depiction of him. He was a very strange man.

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27 April 2016 - 3:34pm
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Ha that basketball skit is almost as good as the Rick James one. Very funny. lol

I liked some of Prince's music but also didn't get a lot of it. I guess he put out so much it's difficult not to find something that you like! Some of my favourites are When Doves Cry, Little Red Corvette, and Money Don't Matter Tonight.

I remember reading this interview with him several years ago. It fits with Charlie Murphy's basketball skit depiction of him. He was a very strange man.

He was definitely an individual and a bit eccentric, but that is often what follows when one is a genius, musical or otherwise. He was also extremely humble and kind, just another community member, which is what i greatly admire about him. He was also mellowed with age. His closest associates said there was no drinking, smoking, or swearing allowed at his Paisley Park parties. This drug thing is so puzzling with some saying he was treating pain and became an addict, and others closest to him, like Sheila E. who said she never saw him take even an aspirin.

I am trying to find the best-written tribute to him I heard on the radio the other day, and hopefully I can find it an post it. It was by another musician and his name is escaping me right now.

In the meantime, this is awesome:

http://www.mytalk1071.com/you-must-watch-this-video-of-prince-playing-wh...

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27 April 2016 - 3:41pm
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Search and you will fine,. This tribute by Mick Sterling is one of the best and reflects my feelings and I am sure, others.

http://www.startribune.com/remembering-prince-his-music-our-moments/3770...

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I just re-read the thread title and saw "Prince Rogers Nelson". I thought that can't be his real name, surely. And sure enough it is. Its not quite the rock star name is it? No wonder he only called himself Prince! Wink

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I just re-read the thread title and saw "Prince Rogers Nelson". I thought that can't be his real name, surely. And sure enough it is. Its not quite the rock star name is it? No wonder he only called himself Prince! Wink

That is what his daddy named him! Smile

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.....and symbol. Remember that? Everyone thought that was so strange, but it was somehow related to not allowing the record companies to "own" him.

I love musicians who fight the record companies and fight ticketmaster insane prices, and so on. Prince charged only 10 dollars for some of his Paisley Park performances - last minute and otherwise.

My sons brought me to a Cloud Cult concert on my birthday. They were so angry with the ticketmaster gouging and so grateful to fans that it was a sold out show in spite of the crazy prices, that they announced at the beginning they would be doing a double set for all of us, and it was AMAZING!

I love musicians who are not of "the norm" and who walk the talk.

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I started to listen his songs just after his death... And a song "Purple Rain" became my favorite one. I'm not lucky in love so at the moment that's why maybe it touched me deeply. So sad that Prince left us. He was a great singer, great songs writer. Rest in peace Prince!

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Loved his music from day one.
Had his own sense of style that made him the one and only "Prince". Purple n Paisley!
Dated the most beautiful women. Remember Appalonia......beautiful!
Mood music - "Darling Nikki"

He will always have a place in my selection.
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I started to listen his songs just after his death... And a song "Purple Rain" became my favorite one. I'm not lucky in love so at the moment that's why maybe it touched me deeply. So sad that Prince left us. He was a great singer, great songs writer. Rest in peace Prince!

That is definitely his classic. It is a movie, too, if you can find it. I also love Let's Go Crazy and another classic, "When Doves Cry." His catalog of music should keep you listening for a very long time.

They drilled into the vault at Paisley Park and they said they found enough music to release a record every year for the next century, so we have more Prince to look forward to. The man was definitely a creative genius and SUCH A GOOD person no matter what anyone says.

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Loved his music from day one.
Had his own sense of style that made him the one and only "Prince". Purple n Paisley!
Dated the most beautiful women. Remember Appalonia......beautiful!
Mood music - "Darling Nikki"

He will always have a place in my selection.
Cya on the other side Mr Nelson Cool
Forever a fan!

I agree with all of the above! He wrote "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" for his wife (at the time), Mayte Garcia. They had, and lost, a child together - so sad.

There will be many celebrations throughout this summer in Minneapolis, I am sure. I am really excited to hear talk of turning Paisley Park into a museum, and they are saying Prince would have wanted this, too.

If you all come to any Prince events, send me a PM and we can go celebrate his life and music together! haha! Wink Smile

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There are so many local stories coming out. I bought the People magazine, and my son's ex-girlfriend got me a copy of The City Pages (a free local magazine) with Prince on the cover . I heard they are going on Ebay for from 13 to 35 dollars, but I don't want to profit. I just wanted my own copy and they were very difficult to find (being free, etc.).

One local story I would like to share happened in the 80s. A woman called a local radio station, and she said when she was a homeless teen (17), she was sleeping outside of First Avenue one night (where Prince often played). She thought Prince and his people would tell her to get out of there, but Prince knelt down by her and asked her, "why are you here? " and "what is your story?"

She told him and Prince immediately got on the phone and hooked her up with a local Teen Challenge treatment center. He didn't leave then, but he sat with her and he made sure that the proper people picked her up and stayed with her until they did. She said the last thing he said to her was "Follow your dreams, and today is the first day your dreams begin." This woman had to now be in her late 40s or so, but what an impact he made on her life.

And there are stories like this that are coming out and over and over.

He supported women musicians and helped many women along their way in the music world by promoting them and choosing them to be the back up band for him.

He never would talk about himself, but he wanted to know how everyone else was doing and how they were. One woman who was on the pain ward with him after his hip surgery said they tried so hard to draw him out and get him to tell how he was feeling and he would just keep bringing the conversation back to his concern for them.

Just had to share a few more stories. Because he was surely not a saint, but he made an impact on this world and made it a better place for many.

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