When Prince was 7 years old, he taught himself how to play the piano. By the time he was 13, he had mastered the guitar. In his 14th year on this earth, Prince could play many instruments, including the drums. Small wonder. His father played in a Minneapolis jazz band under the name ‘Prince Rogers’. The singer in the band? Prince’s mom. In 1978, a 20 year old Prince put out his first album, called ‘For You’, which would set the template for the rest of his career: he wrote and performed the songs, and played each and every instrument. Prince was rock. Prince was funk. Prince was soul. Prince was R & B. Prince was someone that you couldn’t fit into any specific music genre because he danced to his own drummer. And it was always a party.
He was a mix of the music he grew up listening to, in a home where music was alive. James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles.
In 2007, Prince was tapped to play the half-time show at the Superbowl in Miami. The morning of the biggest football game of the year, the skies opened and it rained, …. and rained… and rained. Later, Prince would turn in a performance that would have us convinced that he had specially ordered the rain. Prince began the party with full band and dancers, electric, frenetic, energetic. But when it came time for the finale, we were focused on Prince alone with his guitar, rain beating down, the first chords of ‘Purple Rain’ leaving us with no doubt that we were witnessing something incredible.
Thank you Prince. For your passion, your soul, your kindness, your individuality, your influence. Your music. We will never forget you.