With a heavy heart, I recently read of the passing of one of music’s biggest icons ever, Prince Rodgers Nelson.
Much like Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, James Brown, and Jimi Hendrix, I imagine his body disappeared in a heap of music notes and song lyrics. Always in the studio and forever dedicated to creating music and reinventing how it is made, distributed, and perceived, Prince is an artist that EVERY musician can at the very least respect regarding his contributions to the industry and even American culture.
Anyone who knows me closely knows that I’m a big Prince fan. Though Geekswagg typically focuses on covering geek culture, it is well known that at times we dipped into covering our musical tastes and Prince was forever a part of virtually every playlist I’ve made. His music has repeatedly been the background soundtrack for everything from road trips, to writing sessions, to intimate moments with my wife, to simply relaxing. As an iconic, mysterious, spiritual, personally distant, and extremely talented man and artist, I actually recently became voracious in my desire to learn more about not only his career and method, but also his personality and his life. In fact, not too long ago, I wrote a review on Alan Light’s book Let’s Go Crazy covering the making of the Purple Rain movie. As we speak, I’m in the middle of Toure’s bio called I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon. Needless to say, his music has had a profound influence on my life.
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