Another Genius is gone. In a year where it feels like all the talent has been sucked from the world, sadly the crazy genius that is Prince has also left us.
No one knows the details at this point and, to be honest, it’s not really that important. The fact is someone who inspired so many of us has gone and a gaping hole has been left. After David Bowie died I thought to myself, “well at least we still have Prince!”, another one of those singular people in a generation that is so unique that everyone from all walks of life were drawn to him. He had his own gravitational pull that drew us all in. He was the soundtrack to so many childhoods, dancing in front of the mirror and for me, if I’m honest, a few times as an adult.
Prince was first signed in 1978 and released a stream of hits right up until the end of last year with no signs of slowing down.
Obviously, his music from the 80’s and 90’s are the most well known, hits like 1999, Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, but his continued writing for himself and others through the 2000’s show just what an amazing musician, lyricist and performer he has always been.
Everyone knows Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor, but he was also responsible for so many other hits for other people… “Manic Monday” by The Bangles, “How Come you Don’t Call Me Anymore” by Alicia Keys, “I Feel For you” by Chaka Khan. All of these are great songs but once you know he wrote them you can hear his talent in all of them. Most songwriters save their best tracks for themselves but Prince was all too willing to touch others with his Magic.
So in another breath we have lost one more who made life more special, but he leaves us with such amazing music, and that will live forever.
In his own words, from the intro to “Let’s Go Crazy” … “But I’m here to tell you, There’s something else: The Afterworld. A World of never ending happiness. You can always see the sun, day or night.”
Listen to some of his most recognised work here