The PRINCE has left us!
Prince Rogers Nelson died last week at the age of 57, buy cialis just a month and a few weeks shy of his 58th birthday. Perhaps we will find out what the cause of his death was in a few days or weeks to come, but whether or not we ever truly know what killed Prince, right now we are all in shock at the suddenness and finality of the fact that he is dead. An intensely private person and an artist who truly defined himself, Prince’s legacy is an iconic one. He was a giant in the industry and a prolific songwriter, performer and philanthropic community member locally, nationally and internationally. He was a benevolent Prince.
He threw down the gauntlet when he stepped away from his huge million dollar recording contract with Warner Records due to artistic, philosophical and economic differences that pitted Prince’s artistic autonomy and self- definition in direct opposition to the typical capitalistic business interests of the music industry itself. He took the battle public by appearing with the word “Slave” written on the side of his face. Prince argued that because he was signed to Warner, they owned and controlled his name as well as any music released under that name. He compared that ownership and control to the legacy of slavery. So, Prince changed his name to that of a symbol and was referred to, variously, as “Symbol”, “Squiggle” or “the Artist Formerly Known as Prince”. What a BRILLIANT move! Prince single-handedly changed the long-held power dynamic within one of the largest industries in the country. In so doing, he liberated not only himself, but also many other artists to follow in his footsteps.
He spent his career elevating and mentoring women. He surrounded himself with powerful female artistic talent, which was very unconventional. Prince’s long-time sound engineer was a woman. I have worked in recording studios from NY to Seattle and in the 25-30 years of doing voice over work for film, commercials and video characters for gaming and the internet, I have never had a woman do the recording or mixing. That was always some “man’s job.” In Prince’s studio, he always elevated and mentored women. Unless he was on stage alone, as in a solo performance, there were always women on stage with Prince. He was such a generous artist on so many levels. The way Prince shared himself and his artistry was definitely “old school.” So many people can testify to private concerts where Prince played for hours and hours, and whoever was fortunate enough to see the Prince on the “legitimate” concert stage across the country, none were ever disappointed because he poured himself out so completely with two, three and even four encores for his adoring fans.
Whatever the cause of his death may have been, what must be said about Prince is that he truly LIVED his life. But not only did he live, he contributed so generously to enhance the living for other people too. He was not a saint, he was a human being with flaws, but he was also a humanitarian, a trailblazer and a courageous and fierce advocate for social justice and those who needed a little help sometimes. He was not only a man named Prince, but he was a Prince and he will be missed.
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