As many of you have heard at this point, legendary musician Prince has passed away at the age of 57. A musician whose career spanned four decades, Prince was responsible for some of the most iconic pop singles of the 1980s. “Purple Rain”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “When Doves Cry”, the list goes on. Like many of you, I grew up listening to Prince. I would hear his songs on the radio here and there as a young kid, but I never really got into the artist until I was in my late teen years. That’s when I really started to get interested in music of all sorts, and hearing Prince’s iconic sound and guitar fully realized was unlike anything I’ve heard before or since.
The man was a genius, and I hate the fact that I never got to see him perform live. I still say to this day that the greatest Super Bowl Halftime Show was Super Bowl 41, when Prince played in a drenched Dolphin Stadium in Miami to millions of people across the world. Watching Prince perform “Purple Rain” in the pouring rain is one of the more iconic musical images in recent memory, and one that continues to be the standard that artists try to achieve when performing at the Super Bowl.
Then there’s the recently unearthed cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” that found its way onto the internet last fall. It was when Prince was headlining the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in 2008. It brings a newfound beauty and soul into an already great song. Prince was always one who was wary of the internet, virtually making it impossible to access his music without paying for it. Luckily, the rights to his “Creep” cover were with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who allowed YouTube to keep the video up. I highly recommend you watch this 8 minute ballad, as it’ll stick with you for as long as it did for me.
I just wanted to add my brief thoughts on the passing of a musical hero of mine. Feel free to sound off in the comments as to what your memories of the late musician are.
Prince’s rendition of “Creep”.