Remembering Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

2016 has been a bitter pill for music fans, and it isn’t getting any easier to swallow.

Prince Rogers Nelson (better known by his mononym: Prince) passed away today at the age of 57 – leaving behind a legendary and diverse catalog of music that is only rivaled by his infamous work ethic.

Prince was always the epitome of cool: a masterclass songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist that could outplay, outdance, and outsing any performer you could put in front of him (all while wearing heels that would put a KISS cover band to shame). He steadily released new and inventive music for his fans – writing, recording, and performing up until his final day, releasing four albums in the last 18 months.

Even with his wealth of talent, showmanship, and incredible success – he remained astonishingly humble and maintained a wicked sense of humor. His songs are timeless; his performances were electric, and his loss is profound.

The band upstairs just got a little bigger and a lot more talented. Rest In Peace.

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