Everyone remembers the first time they saw Prince in concert. Or, if you’re incredibly lucky, the second, third, or fourth time. The man was magic- always. There was never the same presentation twice. The last time The Todd and I caught him in concert, it was at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and he started the intro to “If I Was Your Boyfriend” while talking about Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand in “The Way We Were.” And it all made sense, somehow.
Another performance was at the halftime show during Superbowl XLI during the only time in history it’s rained during the Superbowl. Prince was wearing 6 inch heels, playing 6 different electric instruments in a downpour so fierce he was wading through puddles on the stage. And he was magic. You can see the video here, it’s amazing.
Prince passed away today at the age of 57. He was found in his Minnesota home. He’d been battling an unknown illness and was even hospitalized for a time. Because he was so fiercely private, we may never know what caused his passing.
Of everything he’ll be remembered for- the unimaginable volume of music he’s created, I’ll still love him best for Purple Rain. Sing with me. You know you want to. RIP, Prince. Thank you for the music.