Saturday, April 23, 2016

Life Is Short: Let's Go Crazy, Let's Get Nuts!

What can a person say that hasn't been said already? Everything you've read and learned about Prince since his death has been shared and re-shared worldwide. Do you think he realized the affect he had on so many?  I hope he did.  That kind of influence doesn't come easily. 

Prince a creator and inspirational artist had it all figured out. He knew how to create from the heart and really expressed it with genuine and passionate feeling. 

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The first time I saw him perform, I knew he was a unique guy. He was cool. He was funky. He had a charismatic kind of way. He exuded individuality and rocked it.   

It was 1982 and the song then was “Little Red Corvette.” Its funky rock sound and the explicit lyrics grabbed your attention. There was nobody like him. 


I was 19 going on 20 when I moved from a smaller town in southern Minnesota to Minneapolis during a time when Prince was raging hot. Every weekend was about going to the nightclubs and Prince's music flooded the dance floor while you danced until you were soaked in a pool of sweat.  Those were the days! I won't forget 'em. 

The reason he rose to fame and held onto it for so long was for his constant and relentless desire to compose and to create his way. It didn't hurt that he was incredibly talented and, I think, literally born to be a prolific musician. 

Man, what I wouldn't give to have just a small scoop of that talent and confidence to express yourself the way you want without fear and doubt.

Maybe he had his own fears and doubts. Most of us do, but here's the thing, you sure didn't see that in his performances. 

I'm sure not everything he turned out was as notable compared to other hits he produced, but that didn't stop him. He kept creating in his own way and his own style. 

Wow. What a great take away from a guy that stood only 5'2", but stood tall in his mind and his being. 

You've got to love the crap out of that, no matter if you liked his music or not. 

I have such respect for all the talented, gifted and creative people in this world. They do their thing just knowing that it's what they're meant to do and do it with confidence. 

The journey may be bumpy at times, but they have the confidence to keep going. 

That is so dang inspiring. 

Now, with Prince moving on to the afterworld, I can't help but think about what he shared with us and what we can learn from his gifts of talents.  Many of his early songs were laced with sexual, spiritual and controversial lyrics.  With that as it may, you are free to interpret in your own way and have those personal connections.

Creative expression is in all of us in some form, however I've learned through my own personal experience that sometimes fear can stifle what you want to express. Putting yourself out there for others to judge can be tricky and Prince mastered it like no other. 

So, I'm thinking when we're feeling doubtful, less assured..."And if the elevator try's to bring us down. Go crazy and punch a higher floor! Let's go crazy, let's get nuts."

Life's short, live the life you want to live. You never know who or how many you are inspiring as we get through this thing called life



Your bridge to what you desire is there, you just have to cross it. 

Minneapolis, MN - 35W Bridge, A Purple Tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson


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   A Square of Chocolate,
Laurie O

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21 comments:

  1. What a great read. You said something I never really thought about. I surely hope he knew how many lives he touched. But, the truth of the matter, is I really didn't know the depths in which he had touched my life until he passed on.

    I especially love your admonition to be oneself. You really transformed this sad time of losing a great artist into a challenge for us to be your true selves and to live life boldly. And, I think you're right, when we do we position ourselves also to be an inspiration.

    Color me humored, inspired and motivated but your post!

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    1. Thanks Terri! So glad we connected and that we share mutual feelings of remembering a special era that Prince provided. Keep writing and motivating the way you know how.

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  2. I wasn't as big a Prince fan, but after seeing all the coverage of his passing it was a reminder of how incredible an artist he truly was. So sad about his passing.

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    1. Yes, I think even those not familiar with his music can appreciate his individuality and talents. Thanks for stopping by and reading Judy!

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  3. He kind of lost me after the 80s, but reading about him since his death I really forgot how freaking talented he was. I really like how he didn't "conform" to sell records and was his own trend setter.

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    1. I relate more to the 80s and 90s era too, but there's no doubt the guy was unique and talented. A loss too early. Glad you stopped by Gary :)

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  4. So glad you did this article. He wasn't afraid to be his own unique self and showed the world that it was okay to be different. There is a lot more to him than the costumes and the music. As his spirituality grew he began to give back to the world in big ways, which will soon come to light and I hope will inspire many in the world to use their accumulated wealth and power to do the same.

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    1. So true Juls. Interesting how life works out that way. Like it was meant to be.

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  5. Such an extraordinary human. I will miss him.

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    1. Remember there will forever be a dance party here in our world. Thanks for reading Jennifer.

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  6. Prince touched so many lives including mine. I had no idea that he was only 5'2" since he was a giant as a performer, artist and authentic human being.

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    1. A performer like no other. I didn't realize until after his passing how many he touched. The outpouring has been incredible.

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  7. Thank you for this. Prince was certainly one of a kind. I am still trying to process the fact that he, along with all of the others we have lost this year, as moved on.

    Mary
    #AtoZChallenge T is for Tina Turner

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    1. Mary, so glad you stopped by to share your thoughts. Knowing you are music fan, I'm glad you appreciated it.

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  8. Nice words, my cousin...definitely phrases typed to make us all think about our own life.

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    1. Means a lot that you stopped by to read. Thank you for commenting. <3

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  9. Prince was it in the 80's (and beyond!) I was in my 20's then too and everything he put out was funky, fresh and fun. Another talent that died too young and will be missed.

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  10. Jennifer, I'm so glad you took a moment to share your thoughts. We'll always have the music to keep dancing.

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  11. What a great take on Prince's legacy! The world would be a better place if more of us could feel emboldened to really be ourselves.

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    1. After all, isn't that what it's all about....really being ourselves without fear or judgement of what others think. That's what I loved about Prince. Thanks Suzi for reading and dropping a line here.

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