Dearly Beloved

Dearly+Beloved

Dearly beloved

We are gathered here today

To get through this thing called life

Electric word, life

It means forever, and that’s a mighty long time

But I’m here to tell you

There’s something else

The after world

A world of never ending happiness

You can always see the sun, day or night

So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills

You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright

Instead of asking him how much of your time is left

Ask him how much of your mind, baby

‘Cause in this life

Things are much harder than in the after world

In this life

You’re on your own

Rock and Roll ‘Hall of Famer’, and artist formerly known as Prince, died Thursday, April 21st, 2016 of unknown causes. He was allegedly found unresponsive in the elevator of his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. TMZ has reported that this event took place only a few days after he was treated for an opiate overdose in the hospital.

By the age of 57, Prince was considered to be one of the top 100 artists of all time by Rolling Stone, and had won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award.  Prince’s songs clearly hold a special place in the hearts of the American people. Songs like “Purple Rain,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Raspberry Beret” are only some of his more popular pieces, but he will forever be known, not only for his talents, but for his rebellious and fearless spirit.

prince-billboard-hits-flash-990-410Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the artist pursued music from a young age. Prince began his career as a musician when he was seven, by playing the piano. Tickling the ivory soon turned to beating the drums, and strumming away on the guitar. He signed with Warner Bros. and began selling records under the mononym, Prince. He sold an astounding 150 million records in his career.

Prince broke all the rules and smashed social norms. He wrote and performed songs about sex, and talked about sexual orientation, gender, and stepped outside of the everyday gender roles of his time. He stood up to the music industry, specifically Warner Bros., because he was upset with the treatment he received as an artist, and legally changed his name to a symbol that he created; a combination of the hieroglyphics used to define genders. 08.21.14.Blog_.Love-Symbol

Prince created controversy through his music, his lyrics, and his general defiance of cultural expectations, and had an effect on the lives of many. Popular celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Kesha recalled their own experiences with Prince.

Kesha told “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon about the time she broke into the artist’s home in order to give him the demo tape she had put together. “It was so easy,” she stated simply. She’d bribed the gardener and walked in through the unlocked door, which as she added, was basically an invitation. She was not disappointed in what she found inside. “I was very pleased that my fantasy had come true and that there was, in fact, purple velvet everywhere.” Prince, while he didn’t live long enough to contact her back about her demo, inspired Kesha and many others.

Kim Kardashian, in an interview with People Magazine, told the story of the time she got kicked off the stage at a Prince concert. Even having gained the social status that she had, Kim felt starstruck and became paralyzed with fear. After the experience the celebrity tweeted, “I was so nervous I froze when Prince touched me!!!!” and though she eventually got the chance to redeem herself, she’ll forever remember her interactions with Prince.

Prince made statements, changed lives and inspired many. Even though he was only around for 57 years, his life was one of immense success. One thing is for sure, Prince will truly be missed.