Like many people, I’m still coming to grips with the passing of Prince. Dave Chappell called it “The Black 9/11” and it certainly feels like the same kind of earth shattering occasion with such a poignant sense of loss that touches every aspect of my world. Music means so much to me, and to many people #SoundtrackToMyLife
How do you begin to memorialize Prince? It would be ludicrous to try to summarize his life and career, and review all the myriad ways he has touched my life and most importantly, my understanding of not only music, but also what was possible.
So much of his life and career was spent consciously defying easy categorization. He flowed through and beyond all the ways our society and culture tried to box him in. He was a 5-foot-2-inch man whose inherent charisma made him one of the biggest and most enduring sex symbols in the music business. He sold millions of records, and released hit single after hit single, at a time when the music industry was still setting up institutional barriers for any nonwhite person trying to reach the top of the charts.