Dearly Beloved

The world is full of talented people, artists whose talent resonates with people around the world. Their art touches you in ways you never knew a work of art could.  It speaks to depths of your soul. It makes your heart beat along with its melody.  Its colors explode into your spirit, ricocheting off each surface within you in an overwhelming and violent collision of beauty that fills you up completely. Such is the power of the art Prince created.
Prince turned a chord into poetry.  He made exquisite art each time he picked up a guitar, sat down at the piano, or picked up one of the other 20+ instruments he knew and started to play.  He was a genius in the purest sense of the word. He created the most extraordinary music and was happy to share it all with his fans.  
Prince was not the typical celebrity. He didn't need the spotlight to make him happy.  He wasn't obsessed with self promotion.  Even when he played the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the ultimate performance on the biggest global stage, he played a few of his songs and then played covers.  He could have been a diva that night and demanded changes to the set or decided not to play at all because it was pouring rain. Instead, when he was asked if he was still OK to play in the rain he responded by asking if they could make it rain harder.  

Prince achieved the status of icon.  It is a label that is overused nowadays.  It is used for people who have done nothing to earn it.  Prince, on the other hand, has earned it.  He has proven time and again that he was the real deal.  He rocked the world and cloaked it all in purple.  The world is a little less beautiful now that he is gone, but his legacy will live on through his music.  It is his everlasting gift to the world.  Making sure his memory and music lives on is our gift to him. 

Rest in peace, sweet Prince.