Prince has been my friend since before I can remember; his music has been in my life I even when I wasn’t sure what music was. First introduced to him by my Dad I can recall seeing all the LP covers around the flat and then they transformed into CD covers. Listening to his hypnotising tones and outrageous funk beats. I would go from dancing to blushing in a heartbeat when I figured out some of his lyrics. I first learnt about sex, love and magic through Prince as I am sure many did.
Growing up when I was a teenager I was really uncomfortable with the way I looked, I had thick unruly hair, was a spotty and chubby when most of the girls in my year were blonde and skinny and although I luckily never went through the hideous trauma of being bullied by others I definitely bullied myself in my head for not fitting the mold, which now by the way I am pretty happy with.
The one thing I turned to and found comfort and confidence in was music, I would stay in my room and sit by the radio with my fingers on the record and pause button waiting for my favourite songs to come on so I could capture them and keep them forever. During this time Prince played a huge role, songs like “U Got the Look” , “Diamonds and Pearls”, “Most beautiful Girl in the World”, “Get Off”, “Cream” and many more were recorded and played back so much I would tangle, untangle and wear down the tapes until they were nothing.
Prince’s music made/makes me so happy that when any of his songs come on you get up and dance or sing at the top of your voice. Prince had an approach to women, love and sex that was empowering and made you feel special rather than smutty. You felt adored rather than objectified and proud rather than a prude. Through Prince and his music I learnt how to be confident and celebrate what I have rather than shy away because I didn’t look like the magazine covers.
His music to me is honest and real and is a celebration of all chapters of life. It is all-encompassing, fun, sassy, heartbreaking, sexy and cuts through you like a warm butter knife, and my God if you ever had the pleasure of seeing him live as I have a few times you would be amazed how his live productions were as if you had been admitted to heaven for a few hours. His showmanship is second to none and he made parts of my body move that I didn’t think were possible. In a room or field of how many thousands of people Prince made you feel like he was singing to only you.
I could go on for ages about Prince but no one has that kind of time, so all I will say is Thank You Prince for everything, every time I hear your songs I smile and it feels like glitter cannons are going off all around me. I am 98% sure you made me into a sassy starfish with the turn on your heel and look back and smirk move and you are 100% the reason I love music and kill it on a dance floor.
Prince RIP,I bloody love you and.. ahem..
Nothing Compares to You.