Prince: May it Rain Purple

By April 26, 2016 Groovy Posts, Groovy Tunes
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Intro

The United States and the rest of the world, but more specifically Minnesota, is mourning the loss of a local superstar, who died too young.

Born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince Rogers Nelson was loved by everyone he came in contact with.

His Purple Symbol

In Minneapolis, buildings are being lit up with purple lights, and the 35W Bridge was even lit purple all weekend in remembrance of this music legend. Prince’s “symbol,” which has no specific name, is being displayed all over the city and the color purple reigns down on our local streets.

But the most insane thing happening regarding this loss is that there is even a bill being proposed to create a first ever state color of purple in his honor.

To Celebrate a Legend

However, we need to remember that while yes, a time of passing may be a time for mourning, it is more importantly a time to celebrate the life that was lived. In Prince’s case, not only did Minneapolis celebrate his life through symbolism, the color purple, but they also did through a tribute concert at First Avenue nightclub, only after an all-day block party.

Thousands of fans flocked downtown on Friday to hangout, eat food, party, and more importantly celebrate Prince. After this, First Avenue nightclub opened up its doors for a free tribute concert that lasted all night.

Music Career

During his career, which began in his early twenties, he produced countless platinum albums, as well as some extremely power performances. His most notable work, which is also regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, Purple Rain, has sold over 22 million copies worldwide. It is also the sixth best-selling album of all time. In the 1000th issue of Entertainment Weekly, writers called Purple Rain the best album of the “past 25 years.”

Bottom line is this: While he may have passed many decades too soon, Prince is and always will be one of the best musical talents to come out of Minnesota. The only other that comes close is Bob Dylan.

Prince? Definitely Groovy.