I know it was probably at the top of everybody’s playlist the last couple of days … And it’s a great song, but it wasn’t my go-to Prince song.
Let’s Go Crazy.
That was my jam.
I mean have you heard the beginning?
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life …
That was the anthem to let your freak flag fly and be different, at least that’s how my 12 year old self took it to mean. Sex was no where near my radar at that time. It was just about being different and being O.K. with it. Not letting anyone bring you down or try to take your shine away. Just go crazy …
And Prince defined that … not only by being O.K. with yourself but being O.K. was necessary. This was definitely important to have in this world and even though I didn’t know him, and never met him, I was truly saddened to hear about his passing. His music and originality made an such an impact and I so appreciated his artistry and ability to touch people with his words, make them feel.
He was so different, full of creative energy and funk. If you dared to be different he was the guy who led by example and it was so awesome. I’m proud to say that I was able to experience Prince live in concert and it was my very first one.
Definitely set the bar high.
So looking back, remembering the artist, and recalling his songs, and where I was when the clock struck 12 on December 31, 1999, I think about my favorites. I think about growing up with them, and jamming to cassette tapes back in the day when I wore AquaNet Hairspray, Levis Jeans, and L.A. Gear.
So this weekend I’ll continue celebrating his life by watching Purple Rain and listening to my favorites.
Top Ten Prince Songs … in no particular order.
Let’s Go Crazy
Most Beautiful Girl in the World
When Doves Cry
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Glamorous Life (Written and Produced by Prince, performed by Sheila E.)
Nothing Compares to You (Written by Prince, performed by Sinead O’Connor)
Buen Camino my friends …