I lose a piece of myself every time I lose one of my childhood/teen idols because I lose a piece of my own mortality.And now there’s Prince. And I find myself here yet again….Prince was always different to me…but I could not deny the magnetic charm and sheer artistry he presented. He adorned my teenage walls right alongside Michael Jackson. I was in awe of his talent and his ability to play every instrument. And once again, I LIVED to his songs – had my first date to see Purple Rain..and then a second for Under the Cherry Moon (which I didn’t get and neither did anyone else – smile). I danced my college years away to Erotic City…and tried out as a dancer to Baby I’m a Star. And so it is….I lose a piece of myself every time I lose one of my childhood/teen idols because I lose a piece of my own mortality. Songs will take you back to where you were at the time – be it a 16 year old girl in love for the first or second time….a 20 year old woman contemplating sex for the first time….or a 24 year old woman….in her first career, navigating life, and bills, and relationships…. And when the singers of those songs are silenced forever…you know you can never truly go back to those times with them actually singing those songs to you….and you will have to rely on old CDs, and Youtube, and XM, and the radio….And then you cry…and feel sad..and listen to their music however you can…but most importantly you LIVE, albeit differently…but knowing life will never be the same. #Prince #RIP #Whitney #MJ #Luther #Gerald
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