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The World Remembers Prince

 

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’.

And a group called ‘The people of Paisley Park’ also created a banner which listed the names of Prince fans and laced on ‘the fence” .

Prince. Photo credit Steve Parke

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.

Rest in peace, love and power Prince. And please, Rest Easy.

 

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Opinion: Paisley Park Pedestrian Bridge?

FILE - In this May 2, 2016 file photo, a painting of Prince is displayed on an easel at the flower-covered fence at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minn. where pop rock singer Prince died on April 21. Court filings in Prince's estate show that a special administrator, and likely Prince's siblings, are eager to explore the money-making potential of making a tourist attraction out of his Paisley Park home and studio complex. Industry experts weigh in on the revenue potential and what might turn the complex into an enduring and successful attraction. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Fence outside Paisley Park

It has been suggested to Chanhassen City Council that a pedestrian bridge, which would begin at the parking lot directly across the street from Paisley Park, then  cross over Audobon and leading directly to “the fence”, be constructed. This would be a win-win for the fans, the residents who live in and around Paisley Park, and for the city, who are struggling with traffic studies, etc.  This suggestion, ( in contrast to the virtual fence), would keep the tangible and very real lock-of-love-at-paisley-parkconnection between Prince and his fans.  In this way, fans could continue to leave their memorials at the fence, a ritual which was initiated by the fans, without becoming traffic hazards. And the traffic would be able to flow down Audubon with in its normal and customary flow.

paisley-park-fenceInstead of a lot of restrictive signs, which can only be proven to work over time, a pedestrian bridge would allow fans to continue to leave their memorials. And, a reminder, that the tour costs may be too high for some fans  and there is the issue of those fans  who may not be emotionally ready to take the tour.

It must be remembered that Prince loved his fans and they loved him, and this simple solution would allow the fence to serve as a connection between his fans and his memory. The memorials could continue to be removed and archived and stored until such time it has been determined how and where they will be displayed. Prince himself would want safety issues to be resolved, and this would be fitting due to his own ‘bridge-building’ via his philanthropy to causes worldwide.paisley-park-fence-3

This seems to be such an easy solution and one wonders why no one is looking into this to resolve the issues which are of concern to the Chanhassen City Council members. One would think that this is a solution worthy of  being explored.

The fence as somewhere to leave memorials should continue, as it has proven to be a cathartic mechanism for Prince fans, and Prince fans are still grieving. Instead of trying to terminate the grieving process of the fans, that process paisley-park-4should be acknowledged and accommodated. One councilperson, (McDonald), expressly stated that he wanted something for the fans and their memorials. The cyber fence created by those who are temporarily in charge, does not take into account that there is more than artwork being left at the fence. There are notes, ‘love-locks’, flowers, etc and every fan who travels from all over the country and the world wants to leave their own personal memorial, and that is a fact which needs to be considered.

The pedestrian bridge would eliminate all of the of the current concerns and obstacles.

 

Prince loved his 'fam' 2014 Hollywood Palladium performance

Prince loved his ‘fam’ 2014 Hollywood Palladium performance

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