I must have been 9-years old when my dad brought home Prince's Best Ballads. "Diamonds and Pearls". "When 2 R In Love". "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World". The first time I heard the original "Nothing Compares 2 U". Listening to the aggressive falsetto, the guitar solos, and the lyrics I couldn't really understand, I felt like I've discovered some mysterious sound-gold unveiled exclusively to my ears.
Now, I can hardly imagine a person who hasn't heard of Prince, his flamboyant style or signature songs. He's been referenced, imitated, and affectionately parodied for decades to a point where his persona has reached allegoric dimensions. He's been idolized by the countless followers and musicians he has inspired. Diverse, prolific, and ingeniously creative Prince undoubtedly helped shape the image of contemporary pop, r&b, soul, and rock'n'roll. And though my 9-year-old self mourns his loss, I can't help but feel happy he had the time to grace us, commoners, with his royal presence and bless us with his legacy. God save the Prince!