Saturday, April 22, 2017
Mourning #RIPPrince--1 year later, why it still hurts! [details]
Today was the DAY the PURPLE ONE left this Earth. One year later it still hurts...
An outpouring of public grief for a major celebrity is not unusual. But, for many, the loss of Prince feels different because Prince was different.
Seemingly ageless and untainted by scandal, women adored Prince. Men recognized him as a dude who could steal a woman's attention -- all while he wore heels and makeup -- because Prince was just that cool.
And as elusive as he was in life -- grudgingly joining social media and rarely granting interviews -- Prince's death has been equally shrouded in mystery.
The disconnect between Prince's reputation for healthy living and his surprising early death has exacerbated the sense of loss among some of his fans.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ernie Suggs said his mourning has been "a lingering, festering hurt for a long time."
Days before Prince died, Suggs wrote about attending what would be the star's last concert. He's now writing a book about the experience.
Suggs decribed that final show as intimate and revelatory. The audience in Atlanta's Fox Theater enjoyed hours of acoustic versions of Prince's massive catalog, as only he could perform them.
Prince's last concert was a 'sacred' experience
"I think Prince expressed a freedom that we all want in some way," Suggs said. "He had an independence and expression of doing what he wanted to do, being who he wanted to be. I think that resonated with a lot of people. It certainly resonated with me."
it also resonated with Birmingham, UK resident Casey Rain.
Rain is a moderator at Prince.org, one of the longest running online Prince fan sites. He credits the longevity of Prince's appeal to his talent.
"I think what has drawn people to him is his mastery of so many things," said Rain, whose You Tube channel, The Violet Reality, is also popular among Prince fans. "He didn't just play an instrument, he played tons of instruments, produced his own stuff, wrote his own music and wrote and produced for other people."
"Every aspect of his artistry, he was just a master of," Rain added. "That level of perfection is very rarely seen."
Writer Thembisa S. Mshaka knows about Prince's quest for perfection.
When Prince was honored by BET in 2010, Mshaka was tasked with writing his official bio.
Prince signed off on every word.
"He didn't need one [a biography]," Mshaka said laughing. "He was Prince!"
As a music industry veteran and the author of "Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business," Mshaka has worked with scores of artists.
But, for her, none compare to Prince.
Mshaka said his death still doesn't seem real.
"While he talked a lot about mortality and death and being at peace with it, it always seemed more for us, as the audience, than for him," she said. "The fact that he is no longer here is palpable to me. Like, Prince is not here, there was a seismic shift in the universe and that's why everything is in a downward spiral right now."