The music world lost an icon on Thursday. Prince passed away at his home in Chanhassen at the age of 58.
We have lost a lot of legendary musical acts this year...Merle Haggard, David Bowie, and now Prince. Prince's death hit me hard as a fellow Minnesotan. I grew up on his music. As quirky as he was, changing his name to a symbol and calling himself "The Artist formerly known as Prince." he had talent.
Both Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken both honored Prince calling him the "Superstar next door"
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar:
Like all Minnesotans I am shocked and saddened today. I grew up with Prince's music. He was a superstar composer, an amazing performer and a music innovator with a fierce belief in the independence of his art. He made 'Purple Rain' a household name, First Avenue a landmark, and brought international fame to Minnesota's music scene. I was always so proud to say ‘Prince, he is from Minnesota.’ We grieve his loss today.
Sen. Al Franken:
"Prince got his start in a Minneapolis jazz band and went on to share his talent throughout Minnesota and the entire world. His artistry, innovation, and unparalleled presence inspired — and will continue to inspire — millions of people. To say he’ll be missed is an understatement. My thoughts are with his loved ones. ”
President Obama also issued a statement on Prince's death:
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said -- and nobody's spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.
Another thing I loved about Prince after he made it big he continued to make Minnesota his home. He could have moved to LA, New York, or Miami but he chose to live in Chanhassen out in suburbia Minneapolis-St Paul.
In honor of Prince here are some of my favorite songs of his:
Thanks for the memories Prince!