I will just go ahead and confess that I have been depressed for several days, and that’s why I haven’t posted something new here.
It may not make sense to some people that the death of a musician could make someone so upset.
But the death of Prince has hit me hard.
Maybe his death is hard for me because it follows some other musicians that meant a lot to me, like David Bowie and Scott Weiland.
Then again, maybe it’s because of where Prince’s music fits into my life. I was a teen when I first heard his music, and it had a huge impact on me. The film “Purple Rain” was one of which I and my like-minded friends could not get enough.
I remember my first love happened at about that time, and I clearly recall riding on the back of his motorcycle, thinking about a scene in the movie where Prince and his love were doing the same.
I swear I can smell the air and feel the wind in my hair to this day.
Every time I was on that bike that summer, the song “Take Me With You” ran through my head.
“I don’t care where we go, I don’t care what we do. I don’t care, pretty baby, just take me with you.”
First love combined with young love combined with summer love. Was there anything better?
My life now is much different from those idyllic days. Things haven’t turned out the way I hoped or thought or even imagined. But even when your life goes great, like mine has, I think no one can help sometimes being wistful for a time that was simpler and more innocent.
I don’t know that I can put into words why Prince mattered so much to me, but he did. He mattered a lot.
Because I met so many stars during my newspaper career, my dad assumes I have met everyone. I was at his house this weekend when something came on the news about Prince.
“Did you know him?” my dad asked innocently.
“No. Yes,” I said as tears fell down my face. “It’s hard to explain. I never met him, but he meant a lot to me.”
My dad looked thoughtful for a moment, and then didn’t press the issue.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “It seems like he meant a lot to a lot of people.”
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