The Purple One has passed.
One of the finest artists who has ever graced the Earth, an Earth left a fair bit less magical now that he is gone.
Prince’s talent was extreme, like his style, his performance and his personality. He seemed to have been a true one of a kind, with a unique perspective and ability that was both outside of time and solidly of the world he was born into. It is hard to really grasp just how exceptional he was, he was so phenomenally talented in every aspect of his creativity that it is hard to give each of his talents the attention it deserves, the attention these talents would have received if they were spread across many artists.
He was a lyrical genius: a storyteller who could capture experiences and moments, imagery and advice, observations and insights, with a flick of his pen and a flourish of his voice.
His astonishing voice: he was perhaps the greatest vocal performer of his generation, able to dissolve into heartbreaking, spine tingling and body moving wordless vocal expression when playing live. Screams, cries, crescendos and the occasional extended sexual encounter would erupt from his lips and take the audience into his soul.
He could do the same with his guitar.
As a live guitar player he perhaps captured the power of the electric guitar as a solo instrument better than anyone bar Hendrix.
He had an ability to leap from the silky smooth to the gut wrenching, harnessing noise in what felt like a pure form through the strings and the instrument that would appear to become part of him. The guitar was a mere extension of the emotions he expressed and experienced right in front of you. He would tear notes out of it, ground it through the strings, ripping the very air in front of him, cutting through the mess and the fog and the confusion with a pure, unadulterated, heavenly noise.
For a particular example of him playing perhaps the greatest guitar solo ever recorded watch the bottom video. He was also, obviously and famously a maestro at every other instrument he turned his hand too. What is relevant about his playing every instrument on his albums, as well as producing, mixing and writing everything as well, is that this was a man who had incredibly singular and complex musical visions in his mind, and also the complete musical talent to realise them.
Prince needed to play every instrument. Prince needed to do everything himself. Because he was the only conduit through which his divine talent could flow freely. Prince was a true creative genius.
He will be missed.