Like most of us, I’ve grown weary of constant political diatribes and other nonsense on the news of late. This morning, I tapped through the selection of favorite channels on the screen of my car radio, trying to find some songful distraction until I gave up and started listening to the music on my iPhone. One of the first songs that came blaring through the speakers (yes, I like my music loud) was Little Red Corvette, by Prince, and the tune was perfect for cruising along the parkway on a sunny Spring morning. The song finished and I scrolled through the next few songs to Raspberry Beret, thinking to myself about how several of Prince’s songs were wrapped in color. Oddly enough, after just a few more selections, When Doves Cry came on as I rolled into work, the opening rhythm made me want to dance in my seat so I decided to sit in the parking lot until the song ended, rocking along with Prince’s lyrics.
The usual pile of paperwork was waiting on my desk and I logged onto Facebook to look into the social media window on my world. Suddenly, a friend posted “Is it true?! Prince?” and I sat, just staring at the screen for a few moments until a few news bulletin alerts started popping-up, stating that this music legend had died. Sadly, it was all very true and all I could think was that doves were truly crying over his passing.
The first months of this year brought the loss of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Patty Duke and more. Extraordinary people, each who shared their passion and graced us by leaving their talented mark in our lives through their artistry. And yes, I know, this is all part of life’s cycle as we each face our inevitable mortality. I was reminded of this in the lyrics from Let’s Go Crazy.….
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
We’re all excited
But we don’t know why
Maybe it’s ’cause
We’re all gonna die
And when we do
What’s it all for
You better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door
A comment on the web caught my eye…..“Driving that Little Red Corvette off into the sunset wearing a Raspberry Beret to keep the Purple Rain away.”
You definitely colored our world with your music, Prince Rogers Nelson. Two thousand zero zero never turned out to be the Armageddon we feared but we’ll party like it’s 1999 for as long as we can hear the music playing.