Prince: In Memoriam
The world is in grief. Prince, the unique artist, virtuoso and pop icon, died yesterday at the age of 57 at his home, Paisley Park in Minnesota. His death has been officially confirmed by his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure. However, the cause of his death remains unknown. It was reported that he was found unresponsive in an elevator Thursday morning. Emergency medical workers tried to save him by CPR, but couldn’t help him. The cause of his death will be further investigated.
The world has lost a legend. Prince was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor, one-man studio band and consummate showman. He was an intelligent kid and his mother wanted him to go to school and achieve academic success, but his love for music was bigger. He wrote his first song at the age of seven.With his wide vocal range, extravagant appearance and wonderful music, he knew how to steal the hearts of people all over the world. His career started in the 70’s, soon he became an icon.
I remember my first introduction to Prince very vividly. I was still in elementary school, unaware of what was going on in the music industry, when my uncle (a big Prince fan) got a haircut exactly like Prince. This is characteristic for the various ways in which many generations were touched by Prince. It’s what a guy yesterday said during the Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door, even if you are not a fan sooner or later you’ll be touched by him.
Prince released 39 studio albums and won seven Grammy’s, a Golden Globe and an Oscar throughout his career. On top of that, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. His words at the time: “When I first started out in the music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to,”
Some of his greatest hits are Purple Rain, when doves cry, raspberry beret, kiss, little red corvette, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. His music is a mixture of jazz, funk, dance, disco and rock music.
Prince was a pioneer of American music and changed the world, not only with his music but also with his androgynous appearance, his great imagination, sexual outrageousness and flirtatious style. He shattered norms and conventions and created new styles.
A tribute to Prince by his fans in New York, Los Angeles and at his recording studio in Chanhassen.
Picture: James Keivom/New York Daily News
“Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”
– President Obama, 2016
By Pooja Guptar