Is that tears…or, is it rain? Prince 1958-2016

01ae57ae897fa6e5072f32087fa2211dd7006dffbfI think today is Sunday, at least that is the day I am supposed to write for the blog. If the calendar is correct then today is indeed Sunday. I’ve been in a strange way since Thursday.

Don’t know what has gone on except minutes and hours. Time has passed. I see the light changing outside my windows. I know the morning dawn and the evening shade, even if they are similar in color…the sounds from outside are different. Morning is full of life. loud, active and nature is busy. Evening is quiet and reserved…it is still.

Like I said, there is one thing they have in common. From my perspective, from inside my little room…the color of the light that streams in from my window is a violet-purple.


Oh yes, I said purple.

I cannot tell you what Prince and his music meant to me. I’ve written about it before many times…the man was extremely special to me and to my generation…the Generation X. He was a genius. He was fucking fantastic. He was, jeez, I am using was, past tense.

And that is the kicker.

This loss has hit me far more than Bowie. If I were to put it into context. I am in mourning for Prince Robert Nelson. This is beyond sadness. It is true mourning, and it carries with it all that you would imagine. Trying to type this post is very difficult. It is like I am forced to come to terms with the fact that Prince is dead, by having to write the words.

So please, bear with me today as I give you plenty of pictures and links, all on the one subject that is unavoidably caught within my mind.



Oh baby, it was much too fast.



imagePrince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57 – The New York Times

Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on Thursday at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed his death but did not report a cause. In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m. “When deputies and medical personnel arrived,” he said, “they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. Emergency medical workers attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.”

imageThe sheriff’s office said it would continue to investigate his death.


Prince was a man bursting with music — a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop, even as his music defied genres. In a career that lasted from the late 1970s until his solo “Piano & a Microphone” tour this year, he was acclaimed as a sex symbol, a musical prodigy and an artist who shaped his career his way, often battling with accepted music-business practices.

“When I first started out in the music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to,” he said when he was inducted into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. In a tribute to George Harrison that night, Prince went on to play a guitar solo in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” that left the room floored.

imageA seven-time Grammy winner, Prince had Top 10 hits like “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”; albums like “Dirty Mind,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times” were full-length statements. His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor, “Manic Monday” for the Bangles and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan. With the 1984 film and album “Purple Rain,”he told a fictionalized version of his own story: biracial, gifted, spectacularly ambitious. Its music won him an Academy Award, and the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone.

In a statement, President Obama said, “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”

imageHe added, “He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”

Good night, sweet Prince | Local Current Blog | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio

Who is Prince? It’s a question that’s been on our minds for four decades now. Because for as long as the man born Prince Rogers Nelson has been making music, the world has been attempting to decode his motivations and cut through his mystique. But much like the murky waters of Lake Minnetonka in Purple Rain, the harder you squint to see through to the realartist, the more fantastic and otherworldly he becomes.

imageAs soon as you think you’ve got a grip, you can hear his voice echoing in your ear. “That ain’t Lake Minnetonka.” Whoever we think he is, that ain’t Prince.

As I look back through the bleary-eyed fog of these past two days, I’ve found myself reflecting on a quote I heard recently — that the most compassionate people also set the most boundaries for themselves — and how Prince was able to keep his private life locked down while opening his doors to the public regularly and pouring himself into his work and his fans so completely.

imagePrince cremated as death baffles those who witnessed a clean life | Music | The Guardian

Prince death: Singer cremated in private ceremony – BBC News

‘He was family’: Music star Prince stayed home in Minnesota – The Boston Globe

Prince: A musical family tree –

‘Simpsons’ boss unearths script pages from the Prince episode that never got made

The rearview mirror rehinged: how Prince’s early years formed his legend | Music | The Guardian

Prince always hated talking about his past. As far as he was concerned, it was always all about the future. His song Beginning Endlessly was a statement of intent, as was The Everlasting Now. If interviewers probed about his past, he had a standard line to dodge questions about his unhappy childhood: “The rearview mirror has broken off.”

Prince as a baby

Prince as a baby

But in the few months before he died, Prince showed signs of coming to terms with his past. Playing a solo piano show at various venues in Australia and the US, he would talk about learning to play the piano and the earliest stages of his career. He also recently announced an autobiography, in which he promised to tell the stories of his classic songs, although it’s not clear how much of it was written or if it will ever appear.

How Prince stayed so private in the age of celebrity –

imageIn an age where many celebrities don’t want to do anything away from the public eye, Prince avoided the spotlight. Instead, he wanted it to shine on his art.
Which is why it’s no surprise that just as quietly, his remains were cremated and a private ceremony held following his death at the age of 57.
He was a man who, despite his showmanship, shied away from fanfare. Having crafted a musical empire, taken on his industry to fight for the rights of artists and survived with a career artists half his age would have envied, Prince was careful and built his inner circle almost as meticulously as he did his compositions.
Friends paint a portrait of a funny, giving, and spiritual man who quietly gave whenever and wherever he could to help others and who was deeply protective of his privacy. He was the antithesis to the current culture of reality and social media stars who stay bathed in the glow of their followers.
Not that Prince was against being famous.
More that to him, fame was a tool to get his art better seen by the masses. Before today’s artists were offering free downloads of music, Prince was giving away CDs at concerts and sharing his music in any way he could.

WATCH: Van Jones Could Barely Keep It Together While Revealing The Secret Side Of Prince (VIDEO)

imagePrince dead: Musician’s secret vault reportedly contains ‘thousands’ of unreleased songs | News | Culture | The Independent

The world says its painful goodbyes, but Prince‘s musical legacy doesn’t yet appear to be over.

Long has the legend of Prince’s secret vault embedded itself into music’s most secretive whisperings; as recently as last year, The Guardian reported the vault was crammed with enough unreleased material for the musician to posthumously release an album a year until the next century. Back in 1996, The New York Times reported the vault as containing “at least a thousand” unreleased songs.

imageHere Are 6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Prince | Alternet

Prince: 10 things you didn’t know –

Dave Chappelle Dedicated a Four Hour Stand Up Show to Prince

The photos people managed to take at the Prince concert in Atlanta | Atlanta Buzz with Jennifer Brett

Prince cause of death investigation continues amid reports the star used same painkiller as Michael Jackson | People | News | The Independent

Prince didn’t write about sex. He was sex | Music | The Guardian

Our favorite Prince songs, and why we love them – The Washington Post


Eric Clapton I m so sad about the death of Prince he was a...


From President Obama to Broadway stars, Prince tributes are raining down | PBS NewsHour

In the wake of Prince’s death, a very short history of the color purple – LA Times

Prince autopsy: No sign of suicide, say Minnesota police | People | News | The Independent

24 hours after his death, 13 of the top 20 albums on iTunes were Prince LPs GETTY

24 hours after his death, 13 of the top 20 albums on iTunes were Prince LPs GETTY

Police in Minnesota have said there is no sign that Prince, the fêted musician found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday, took his own life. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said at a press conference that the singer had died alone and exhibited “no obvious signs of trauma.” There was, he added, “no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide.”

imageIt could nonetheless be weeks before the public learns the true cause of the star’s death. He was found slumped in a lift at his Paisley Park home recording studio on Thursday morning. Medical personnel performed CPR at the scene but were unable to revive him, and he was declared dead shortly after 10am.

Questions Mount Over Prince’s Music Catalog – WSJ

Since Prince’s sudden death, speculation has mounted over the trove of unreleased music he left behind: how much of it there really is, when it may emerge and who will get to make decisions about what happens to it.

Everybody Has A Prince Story (Or Should). Here Are Ours : Code Switch : NPR

Prince loved ballet. Here’s why Misty Copeland, the Joffrey Ballet & their fans love him back. – The Washington Post





Prince’s guarded personal life was filled with love and loss |

What does the future hold for Prince’s Paisley Park? |

Chevy’s ‘Little Red Corvette’ Tribute to Prince Is So Good, It’s Running in Print Too | Adweek



‘Prince Was Our True Artist’: Readers Share Their Memories – The New York Times


imageNews of Prince’s death stirred emotional responses across social media yesterday. And many New York Times readers took the chance to share reflections on his artistry, personality and style. You told us how his music provided a soundtrack for your lives, and how his individuality influenced the way you see yourselves and the world.

The comments below, gathered since Prince’s death, have been edited for length and clarity.

Poor Lonely Computer: Prince’s Misunderstood Relationship With The Internet : The Record : NPR

Family, Friends Say ‘Loving Goodbye’ to Prince

In Minneapolis, everyone has a story about Prince – LA Times

WATCH: Van Jones Could Barely Keep It Together While Revealing The Secret Side Of Prince (VIDEO)

Prince dead: Musician’s secret vault reportedly contains ‘thousands’ of unreleased songs | News | Culture | The Independent

The world says its painful goodbyes, but Prince‘s musical legacy doesn’t yet appear to be over.

Long has the legend of Prince’s secret vault embedded itself into music’s most secretive whisperings; as recently as last year, The Guardian reported the vault was crammed with enough unreleased material for the musician to posthumously release an album a year until the next century. Back in 1996, The New York Times reported the vault as containing “at least a thousand” unreleased songs.

Here Are 6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Prince | Alternet

As I’ve said, there are a lot of links here to share with you. That is all I have been able to do actually. Just save the links and look at pictures of His Purpleness.

A groundbreaking artist, Prince astonished right to the end – The Boston Globe

Prince’s Political Views More Complex Than You Might Know | Mediaite

The story behind why Prince changed his name to a symbol – The Washington Post

Prince death: Five strange stories about mysterious US musician – BBC News

Prince Had The Right Philosophy On Life And Death

Prince broke all the rules about what black American men should be | Music | The Guardian

Prince’s iconic, purple reign of genius – The Boston Globe

10 Prince tweets that prove he was the ultimate original

Photos: Prince through the years |

How a Local Radio Station Became the World’s Prince Memorial – The Daily Beast

Prince: his 10 greatest songs from Head to Cream (and Purple Rain in between) | Music | The Guardian

Choosing the 10 best songs by the most ludicrously prolific – and riotously diverse – artist of the rock’n’roll era seems on the face to it to be flatly absurd. Where would you start? How could you possibly stop?

Prince the Immortal – The Atlantic

Prince dead at 57: The best weird stories about musical superstar Prince — Quartz

Dancing to Prince – The New Yorker

urprise appearance by Prince, a month ago, for a memoir announcement at a Manhattan night club, had the satisfying elements you might imagine: brilliance, humor, otherworldliness, tardiness, costume changes, funkiness, eccentricity. He stood on a glass balcony above us, as if he’d descended to earth as an act of generosity. And, in fact, he had. “I literally just got off the plane,” he told us. “I’m going to go home and change and put some dancing clothes on.” He was already wearing what I’d consider dancing clothes: a purple-and-gold striped pajama suit. He put a huge pair of sunglasses on. “Now I can see,” he said.

Because of that strange and magical night, and because of the miracle that was Prince, it’s very hard to believe today’s news that he has died. His genius was hard enough to comprehend as he walked among us. Unlike other pop stars and celebrities—unlike other humans—he seemed not to have aged. And his apparent youthfulness, at age fifty-seven, didn’t appear to be because of effortful vanity. He seemed to actually not have aged—as if life’s usual rules didn’t apply to him.

Prince moved in mysterious ways. He invented his own aesthetic, his own symbol, his own style of music. He was short and slim. He dressed in purple. He liked canes, pajamas, ruffles, scarves. He lived on a giant compound named after one of his songs, where he sometimes hosted mysterious, thrilling events with strict rules. (No cameras, no photos, no alcohol; he might play or he might not.) He was masculine and feminine and casually, frankly sexual. He was forever prolific. His music was deeply satisfying, with a sophistication that was both intellectual and physical. It got to us everywhere. When I first became aware of him, in fourth grade, it was because of “Little Red Corvette,” which sounded irresistibly cool, unassuming yet sly, brilliant but not necessarily indicative of the lengths that Prince would take us to. That became clearer when we heard “1999,” with its eye on the future, its talk of Judgment Day, purple skies, and destruction, and the sensible response of observing this calamity with dancing: “So if I’ve gotta die, going to listen to my body tonight.” That was 1982; one of the joys of being a young adult on New Year’s Eve as the calendar turned to 1999 was playing this song, dancing like a nut, and considering the passage of time

More at that link…but this:

Now we saw a more hippieish side of Prince, asking us to dig, if we would, the pictures of Paisley Park and Old Man Johnson’s farm. Hearing “Raspberry Beret” was like entering a new world, a more laid-back and funny Princeian landscape, where an overcast day might unexpectedly turn one on. I danced around my living room like the dancers in the video, hunching down low, shimmying, popping back up and clapping, imagining young Prince working at a five-and-dime for a boss who found him too leisurely, and then fully exploring that leisure by zooming off with Ms. Raspberry Beret. The sense of pride and wonder and joy in “they say the first time ain’t the greatest / but I tell ya / if I had the chance to do it all again / I wouldn’t change a stroke / ’cause baby I’m the most / when a girl as fine as she walks in,” to violins, and a lovely chorus of backup vocalists, is so wonderfully him, and so emblematic of the gift he gave us: a model of how to be proud and human and free, unafraid to explore one’s gifts.


The artists Prince ushered into the spotlight – Los Angeles Times

Honoring Prince’s Legacy Of Boundary-Breaking Greatness | Colorlines

‘His Music Does The Talking’: Manager Owen Husney On Prince’s Legacy : NPR

What We Lost When We Lost Prince | Alternet

The songs Prince wrote but didn’t sing | Features | Culture | The Independent

The Most Beautiful Subway Station in the World: NYC Pays Tribute to Prince


Sexy MFers, unite: The feminist power of Prince’s sex-positive songs –

New Yorkers Go Crazy for Prince – The New Yorker

Mourn Prince However You Can, For As Long As You Want

‘Hamilton’ Cast Goes Crazy With Rousing Tribute To Prince

Jennifer Hudson and the cast of ‘The Color Purple’ perform incredible ‘Purple Rain’ cover

Prince’s feud with Michael Jackson: The intense rivalry leading up to “a kind of a superstar way of saying, ‘f**k you’” –

Prince honoured by Nasa with stunning purple nebula photo | Science | News | The Independent

The crab nebula is shaped by the death of a huge star – a supernova that burnt bright and then died young


BBC – Culture – Prince’s heartbreaking song about loss

Sinead O’Connor, who had a hit with Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U, believes it is an enduring song about loss. It’s taken on a new meaning after his death, writes Rebecca Laurence.

Spike Lee just threw a huge dance party for Prince

Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia says he is ‘with our son now’ | People | News | The Independent

The many names of Prince – LA Times

Remembering Prince, the purple pioneer

Prince Was A Music Icon Who Broke All The Rules – HuffPost Entertainment

Prince Spent His Life Elevating and Mentoring Women

What to Know About Paisley Park, Where Prince Died | TIME – this is about the recording studio…and why the location matters.

‘Defying description’: ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons on Prince the ‘sensational’ guitarist – The Washington Post

Prince & The Revolution | Bitch Media


Prince Knew What He Wanted: Sex, Soul and You – The New York Times

What Prince Always Wanted To Be Remembered For

Oprah then asked the artist what he wanted the public to know. Prince answered with just two words.

“The music.”




Oh for fucks sake. That is it, I am done…I had a post that I’ve been working on for two days….wordperfect just deleted all of it. I cannot get it back. I am devastated. I had pictures posted…everything. It is all fucking gone.


Fucking hell….

You can see I am in no mood to even end this post correctly.


Gallery of images below…..

And, here are a list of links that were deleted from the post, around 50 plus…

A list of links that were deleted from the post above.

Some good stuff up there, I hope you take some time to look through them.


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23 Comments on “Is that tears…or, is it rain? Prince 1958-2016”

  1. Most of my thread is gone. Almost all my pictures I had put into the post. Gone

  2. A list of links that were deleted from the post above.

  3. NW Luna says:

    Oh, JJ. (((Gentle hugs to you.))) What a fine tribute you’ve posted to a musician who is obviously much loved and missed by so very many.

    …. just two words. “The music.”

    • Thanks Luna. I’m getting a tattoo…either this:

      With the rain in purple…

      or this:

      or an oldschool pinup girl wearing a raspberry beret.

      {I’m leaning toward the first one.]

    • Fannie says:

      JJ, you hit it out of the park. The photos and links, and so much more really is an eye opener to his life, his work, and high fashion, his relationships, and to the women, like his love of the ballerina. He was phenomenal and explosive, and a wise man to record and put everything in a vault. Something that he gives to the wide world.

      You are a fine fan, carrying on a tattoo (eyes/raining down)……..maybe looking out a window pane. He’ll be looking in on you.

      Sorry you lost all that work! You are the most creative person I’ve know, and I’ve gained so much from your insights to people, places, and to the guts and dreams that make the world up.

      Good for you, do that purple tattoo, you’re the best.

  4. ANonOMouse says:

    Very good post JJ!!! Don’t worry about whatever it is you lost, the post was good without it and you gave us some very interesting links.

    My 50 year old daughter texted me Thursday night and said “My first love died.”. Although there are many artists I’ve enjoyed and felt great affection for over the years, I’ve never had that connection, but obviously many of those in Prince’s generation do. And I know from personal experience it is stunning when the idols of your generation pass away. It puts you immediately in touch with your own mortality because you realize that your idols, who for so long seemed invincible, are just as human as you. I wish you Peace sweet girl.

  5. NW Luna says:

    OT–Small college, but good to see more and more of those racist sports mascots booted.

    Whitman College, the private, liberal-arts school in Walla Walla, [Washington]has dumped its longtime mascot.
    Whitman teams will no longer be called the Missionaries, a reference to Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, who came to the Walla Walla Valley in 1836 and were killed a decade later.

    Campus officials said the Missionaries’ mascot was considered noninclusive, imperialistic and incorrectly implied that Whitman was a religious school.

  6. ANonOMouse says:

    Can’t wait for Tuesday night. It’s time to get this thing over with

    • Except it is a tug boat as Bernie Sanders Applied for ‘Conscientious Objector’ Status During Vietnam, but now claims he has no qualms about sending other people’s children to war as Commander and Chief of the United States Military. My BFF lost her 2st cousin in Vietnam (received posthumous navy cross) and her other cousin died of Agent Orange. Some people knew about how to object and stayed home and went to college, the poor didn’t and were sent to war. He was lucky to have served as ‘Chair of the VA’, where we know the suicides continue even today and where he asked the media to stay quiet about Veterans dying due to delay in care in the VA.

      So, a tug boat, a tug boat of privilege…IMHO.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I had a 1st Cousin who was in the Air Force and he was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. It basically ruined his life. He died when he was in his 50’s after a lifetime of chronic illness and diabetes. He finally decided he couldn’t take the dialysis, removed himself from treatment and died within a few days. Every man in my family that was eligible served in Vietnam. They all were negatively affected by it in some way. I had a close friend who died in ‘Nam, he was 19. So I don’t have a very good feeling about Bernie’s conscientious objector status that doesn’t seem to bother him if, as Commander and Chief, he might have to send one of my grandsons to war.

        • janicen says:

          My first cousin also served in Viet Nam and suffered the affects of agent orange. He’s still alive but has a host of health problems and had to quit working when he was in his forties. It was during the Clinton administration that these veterans’ suffering was acknowledged and special benefits were awarded. Without them, I know my cousin would have been completely destitute.

          • janicen says:

            *effects (Sorry, must remember to proofread before I click!)

          • Agent Orange is horrible, sorry for your loss of a family member and thanks for letting us know of the Clinton Administrations efforts. I was surprised to learn that Sanders voted against medical care for 9/11 First Responders which Hillary supported and voted for.

            The media sure doesn’t ask ‘Bernard’ about his record.

        • Her 1st cousin was all of 19, saved his platoon, and the injured they were sent to retrieve. He spoke to hist Lt., and stayed behind manning a machine gun, holding off the advancing army and was eventually killed. His platoon and the injured made it to the pick up point thanks to his sacrifice. The other cousin died of cancer before he reached 35 (can’t remember if he even made it to 30…thinking he didn’t because his child was about 5 when he died).

          So, when I found out Bernard Sanders skipped out of service, but says he can send others to war, I was truly disappointed and knew others didn’t even know they could object.

          My baby brother (his unit got called up) was about to deploy to Iraq as a Lt., when he was rerouted to Katrina with his unit…when we packed him up, none of us thought or considered there was a way to get him out of it. My parents had died young (he was a kid), so in many ways my middle sister and I were packing up our child, I set up his communication codes as they gave them knew equipment and needed to set them up (no training). I remember thinking, not only could I not screw up the codes, but I would also have other people in his unit to rely on them if they had to switch if compromised and so had to get it right.

          Today with technology, the military has more to do and worry about. So, a tug boat it is…chugging a lot of attacks on Hillary as of the last three months, increasing the tempo.


        • Sorry, to hear of you cousin (agent orange caused painful deaths), and your friend you lost in Vietnam. So, many lost, so young, so many family and friends still mourning their loss.