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The passing of Prince is one of the rare times that someone you saw up close a few times but never new personally hits you like a ton of bricks. There are not many artists that conjure up more than one lasting memory of your youth, Prince conjures up several.
My brother of all people who was just as likely to blast Van Halen or Skynyrd in the stereo played Controversy for me the first time (maybe it was even [gasp] Dirty Mind) and from there I never stopped being a fan. Learning the lyrics to DMSR, sitting up at night hoping to hear Little Red Corvette on MTV, Purple Rain being the soundtrack of an entire summer and the following school year, Diamonds and Pearls coming out the October of the Twins last WS, asking those around you were watching with, “WTF – was that the greatest half time show ever?”…
I knew Prince was huge but the sentiment that’s been expressed by so many since his announced death has blown me away. I was really mad at myself that the flash drive in my car full of thousands of songs didn’t have any Prince on it and instead all his stuff was at the house. That changed pretty quickly today.
Thanks Prince for so many memories!