Music is my inhale -- said it before, and I can't put it any other way in such simple words. I inhale the expression of others to be filled up and reminded of what we are made of -- stars and rainbows and unicorns and magic. Of the wonder that spills into every crevice of this life, this canvas created by each of us. Music weaves it together through spirit. All art is a part of the bigger picture, but music is accessible in ways that language fails, in a way that sight taps only into a small part of connectedness. Music floats and pierces in the aural, in the concrete, on the frequency of other worldly (which is not actually others worldly -- the frequency of absolute love and beauty is here right now. Always.).
Music and magic, and Prince is by far the most magical, and this is where words fail, because he is beyond description. He is divine in every sense of the word, and it took his passing to remind me, and I'm pretty sure many of you, just how fucking magnificent he really is, not that I didn't know, and not that you didn't know, it's just that it took him leaving this physical form for it to become fully known, for us to be connected to this awareness of this magnitude. Genius is too weak of a word ("Love is too weak to define…"). Genius is tossed around casually, but at the same time not used enough. You, me, we, us all have this power, this absolute knowing and truth within each of us, and this in no way takes away from the truth of Prince, but each of us is capable of being just as singular in focus and just as expressive and compassionate and so fully realized as Prince, and thank you Universe (insert your word of choice for Universe) for the most perfect example of who we can be through a perfect vessel. Thank you for working so closely and beautifully with such a powerhouse of love and creativity, of such a human, a human who has run the gamut of total sex and raunch to devout and supreme humanitarian and everything in between, the kind that isn't doing it for attention, but purely for the love of music and mankind (watch touching Van Jones interview here: https://youtu.be/cMwH-4pA1NA).
So just like many of you, his presence is both felt NOW and deeply missed. He has been the soundtrack of my life, especially childhood, but it is so much more than that. His music in the background to a plethora of beautiful memories with loved ones -- some of whom I don't talk to, most of whom I do -- his music just as fresh now as it was when released. Prince a creator for the sake of creating, the ultimate "fuck you, I do what I want" attitude, but actually never with attitude, all done with a deep belief in himself and what he saw as his vision, not as something to modify to appeal to the masses. He was/is the masses. He has brought every culture together, and now that I think about it, this is truth. Being mixed-race, I never paid attention to the fact that all of my friends from various cultures shared Prince in common, always. He connected us all. His death has brought us together and has tapped into what is possible for all of us. One man is capable of universal influence and change. One man is capable of being connected and connectedness to our humanness and our spirit, all because he has consistently been true to his vision, true to his faith, and true to himself. His power is authenticity in the most unwavering definition of the word.
Prince is our supreme example of being totally yourself.
We lost our leader, but his legacy is a reminder of what each of us needs to do.
Just be you whatever that looks like to you. Be loving. Be fucking fabulous. Be compassionate always. Appreciate your own version of your genius and follow it. He made it possible, and he showed us what it looks like to be completely everything you want for the long haul.
Absolutely everything is possible. Music
And, I miss you, yet feel even more connected now. Thank you. 💜