Prince, and Other Greats: This Year I Began to Die

Prince. Glenn Frey. Maurice White.

Maurice White, Glenn Frey, Prince have all died this year. My life will never be the same.

This year Glenn Frey, Maurice White, and Prince have all died. It’s only April. It’s like someone coming into your mind and taking away part of your past. You are connected to this music. It’s part of you. At least it was part of me.

Glenn Frey was one of the original Eagles. In my opinion, the greatest rock band ever. At least, that’s what record sales say. Their best album, Hotel California, came out when I was a sophomore high school and was very popular very quickly. It was number one for 8 weeks in 1977. Hits like New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane, Wasted Time, and of course, Hotel California filled the airwaves. Rolling Stone magazine ranks it as the 37th greatest album of all time. The music and the lyrics were exceptional. I saw them live in Dallas, Texas, during my technical school training in the Air Force in 1980. It turns out that they would only have 2 more concerts before they broke up. Cheap Trick and Christopher Cross were also in the lineup that day, but everyone came to see the Eagles. To this day, whenever Life in the Fast Lane comes on the radio, I always crank it up.

Maurice White was the lead singer and founder of Earth, Wind and Fire, a soul, R & B group in the 70s and one of the most successful bands of the 20th century. They had a lot of hits. Boogie Wonderland, September, That’s the Way of the World, and Fantasy were just some of the great songs I enjoyed as a teen. They were probably one of the first black groups that I listened to and bought their albums. It wasn’t that I disliked black music, it’s that I was never exposed to it. Earth, Wind, and Fire changed all that. After the Love is Gone was one of my all-time slow songs. I thought that must have been what you felt like after you broke up with someone. They were right.

And Prince. Prince was part of my college/fraternity days. There wasn’t a party we held that a Prince song didn’t play. He was popular before Purple Rain came out. But when the movie hit along with the album, his popularity was sent into the stratosphere. When Doves Cry, I Would Die 4 U, Let’s Get Crazy, and Purple Rain all came from the Soundtrack which I personally consider the greatest of all time. His music was fun and had a lot going on.

I know this is part of life. It doesn’t mean I have to like it. Especially when it means I have to let go of memories that were so important to me at the time. You know what I mean?


2 thoughts on “Prince, and Other Greats: This Year I Began to Die

  1. Yes I do know what you mean. Music has such a way of instantly connecting us to a memory. We can always remember where we were, what we were doing, and who we were with. So when the person who gives us such a memorable song dies, we do take it so personally and sometimes tragically. As if losing a good friend and a good memory. So it may seem as tho we are idolizing that person now, but we really aren’t. It’s just that they touch so many people. Social media also feeds the freenzy. So go ahead and grieve your rock star the way you choose, because their songs were there for so many happy, exciting, maybe even tragic moments in your life.

    1. Completely agree, Cheryl. For me, it’s not about connecting with the artist, it’s the music.

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