Yes, it’s a “Prince Thing” … On April 21, 2017, the world again turned ‘purple’, in memory of Prince Rogers Nelson. For many of his fans, as the day approached, there was a mixture of dread, sadness, and love. It seems as if the past year, for many, was existence in a state of denial, the anniversary of his passing bringing forth the reality and forced acceptance of his departure. That acceptance factor is clearly what made the day so difficult, for it was as if he had passed away all over again, the shock wearing off, the denial fading, and acceptance of a fact that was too real to bear. So , however they chose to get through it, was an individual choice. Some donated to his favorite charity, others showed ‘Love 4 One Another’ towards the fans, while others converged upon Paisley Park to honor him, inside and outside, mostly all playing his music for the entire day. The memorials were worldwide. Somehow, they managed to get through the day. Others either renewed their commitment to protecting and preserving his legacy and others made the commitment to do so. Nonetheless, there were still tears. There remain questions, which to date, have produced no answers. And answers which lead to only more questions.
For fans of Prince, April 21, 2017 served to bring back the pain and shock of losing someone who they thought of as family – Prince Rogers Nelson. And it also served as day for them to acknowledge their pain and loss via producing beautiful memorials to him and attending events at Paisley Park. Paisley Park administrators, also acknowledged Prince fans via allowing “the fence” to be utilized during the month of April by fans to place their memorials upon it.
The love for Prince was illustrated in so many ways. One friend and fan of Prince in the United Kingdom, took the time to light nearly 200 candles in a cathedral on behalf of specific fans, and, not only did he prepare a list, he also placed each person’s name on an individual candle.
Another friend and fan in the UK, took the time to create a banner with the photographs of Prince fans within Prince’s face, under the heading, “We are Prince Army”, and had it displayed at Paisley Park on ‘the fence’.
And another artist and Prince fan, created a guitar, with a list of names of other Prince fans attached, also placed on ‘the fence’.
Many of his ‘fam‘, (Prince fans refuse to identify themselves as ‘fans’, but rather as his extended family, so they have replaced the term fan with ‘fam‘, pursuant to Prince’s comment as to his fans being family) are still reeling, without apology remarking to others, “It’s a Prince thing, you don’t understand”. That is because they know him not only as a musician, but a humanitarian, a seeker of justice, and a man who grew into an incredibly spiritually aware person. He is so much more than the impetus of his initial fame resulting from Purple Rain. So many do not know that he continued to produce numerous albums with his work becoming more and more introspective, tutorial, and about truth. And far too many do not know of his legacy of humanitarianism , which is due his keeping his charity work and giving private, unlike some who put their gifts on display. This is a partial list of his donations and activism that we know of, so much only disclosed after his passing compiled for a petition update in the petition to make Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark. You will be amazed at the things which he quietly did without fanfare. Take a look: https://www.change.org/p/designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark/u/17626949
So as this weekend of memorials and tributes passes into history, we must take with us the knowledge and remembrance, that Prince, the man, was someone who was not only a musical genius who could play at least 22 instruments, but also a man who spoke out against injustice, truly showed love for his fellow human beings, and who managed to continue to grow, despite personal tragedy and personal loss. His life is truly one that is to be admired, respected, and to aspire towards within our own paths to spiritual growth. One need only listen to the lyrics of his song “The Love We Make” to experience the wisdom and example of his growth and his summoning us all to grow as well. He was a splendid individual and friends, family and fans all agree, he was a beautiful person filled with love and compassion. And that is why they mourn and simultaneously celebrate Prince.