As most of you know, the legendary musician, songwriter and performer Prince passed away at the age of 57 on Thursday, April 21st. But, what you probably didn’t know is that he and I are from the same place. We’re both natives of Minnesota in the United States and, more specifically the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
Growing up there we didn’t have many things to claim as our own. Sure, Bob Dylan grew up in Minnesota but he left the state after getting famous. There were some well known politicians from the “land of 10,000 lakes” and the Mary Tyler Moore show took place in Minneapolis, but we didn’t have that one thing that everyone knew us for. That is, until Prince! He put us on the map! So, as you can imagine we Minnesotans have a certain personal connection with the “purple one” and we might be taking his passing a little harder than other people.
So, what I wanted to do was share with you some of my memories growing up with Prince.
Riding on the bus home after school hearing “Little Red Corvette” and “1999” for the first time, which was life changing.
Sneaking into the drive in movie theatre and watching “Purple Rain.”
Buying all kinds of Prince paraphernalia, like buttons and of course the albums.
Listening to an extended mix version of “Let’s Go Crazy” over and over again until it almost wore out.
Going to see Prince on the “Purple Rain” tour in December 1984. I still have the ticket stub and program from the show.
I enjoyed the music of Prince in all of its weird and different incarnations throughout the years, but his 1980’s stuff will always be my favourite.
And, of course we’ll always have a hometown and last name to share.