Purple Rain, both the movie and the album came out in 1984. I didn't watch it at the time because I was four. However, years later, I forget who, but someone put me on. Thank you, whoever you are. If my strict Haitian parents had any idea that I was hanging out with The Kid, Apollonia, and Morris they would have had pairing conniptions. It didn't take long for me to fall for the man, the story and the music. I remember rewinding my cassette tape over and over, crying as he sang the last notes of "Purple Rain". At the young age of 13 or 14, clueless of my own emotions, I knew the song evoked feelings of frustration, love and devotion. I didn't know what it meant but I felt something.
Yesterday after school...
Me: Hey guys, do you know which musician died today?
M&M: No Mom, who?
Me: Prince. Do you know who that is?
Marley: What??!!! Yes, I know who that is!
Me: Do you know any of his songs?
Marley: "Purple Rain" and "I Would Die 4 U"
Me: Yep, two of my favorites.
Marley: Sorry Mom, that's so sad.
Maya: Are they playing his songs on the radio? If they're not, that's just not right.
Although, my children control the radio, I sneak in a few throw backs every now and then. I'm glad his legacy will live on in my household.
No, I didn't personally know Prince Rogers Nelson (I didn't even know that was his real name), but I am a fan and his passing is sad all the same.