|Prince Rogers Nelson|
1958 - 2016.
Having been a fan of Prince since the mid to late 80's; I am personally saddened to lose this wonderful icon. This multi-talented artist; small in stature but huge in personality was regularly blasted out at full volume in My bedroom; much to the annoyance of My long-suffering Mother.
Prince was indeed unique and was absolutely one of the greatest song-writers the world has ever known. Never one to place himself in one musical genre; his music ranged from rock, to soul, to pop, to hip-hop and beyond; each song better than the last. My personal favourite was "Sign O The Times"; a thought-provoking anthem which highlighted the side of life we sometimes don't want to see.
Mysterious, elusive and fiercely independent; Prince was indeed a very clever businessman when it came to the art of self-promotion whilst making a stand. Changing his name to a "symbol" and writing "slave" on his cheek during his feud with Warner Bros; he was not afraid of controversy. Neither was he afraid to stick two fingers up at the constraints of gender roles. This pint-sized superstar lead a glamorous, flamboyant life; influencing many of the new artists we see today.
It truly is the end of an era. The Royal Family of music has lost another of its noble members and today; we cry tears of purple as we come to terms with the loss of this wonderful creative genius.
Rest In Peace Prince.
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.