an ode to an artist


870px-prince_logo-svg2016 has felt like a rough year when it comes to the mortality of our beloved celebrity entertainers. We lost some larger than life stars like David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Vanity, Victoria Wood, and just recently former wrestler Chyna. And on that same day we lost her, we lost another legendary icon. I spent most of that night both mourning and celebrating a man I had never met, but had grown up with all my life. And now, after his death, we reminisce about Prince the artist, as we learn more about Prince Rogers Nelson the man.

One thing that is certain: he is much more than just a musician. Just labeling him as an entertainer is an understatement beyond measure, but that’s what most of the world know him to be, albeit an extraordinary one. But as a man, he had a passion for life and the living, and wanted to make the very best of that life for those around him, based on what those close to him have said. Daily, he spent his life as a living embodiment of art, breathing music day and night while also doing whatever humanly possible within his power to make the world a better place. Most saw this through his performance, few witnessed it through his philanthropy. In Prince, we not only lost an artist, but a true human being that cared, and loved to love people. The world undoubtedly suffered a loss.

As sad as it is when we lose someone we love, it’s comforting to know that we haven’t truly lost this person. People always say that when someone dies, that person is never really gone. Whether you want to look at it in the metaphysical, spiritual or scientific sense, I believe it to be true. I believe that to be especially true with artists. Prince, and artists like him, who pour their heart and passion into their work, have left behind their time, their very life essence and their soul that we can continue to cherish long after they’ve gone.

For me, that’s what being an artist is about. That why I love to write, produce and create. It’s something tangible and interactive that I can leave behind for people I’ve never met. It’s an extension of my soul and who I am, so people now and in the future can experience a fraction of what it’s like to see what I see and feel how I feel. It’s my way of giving something back to the world I live in, and hope to leave a legacy of self-expression for people to enjoy for years to come.

We know Prince was so much more than just the genius artist that he was, and meant an even greater deal to those ones that knew him best. But what makes someone immortal is what they leave behind. Again, I’m thinking of artists leaving behind their work. Something they crafted and created that has the ability to exist and be bigger and travel farther than the artist. Even this ode to an artist (which really isn’t about Prince, but artists like Prince), is coming from my heart, and will exist forever as you read it, ponder on it, and maybe share it with another. And so will the legend of the Artist continue to live on.

And by no means am I discrediting or belittling anyone else that does not identify as an artist or craftsman of some kind or another. Aside from the talents that make some of our favorite heroes so great, is their character, their ideals, and the things they stood for. We all live with memories of people we know and have known, and we all create memories for others. It’s up to you if those memories you create for others will be positive, influential, legendary memories or not. It’s up to you on how memorable you want your legacy to be.

Advertisements
Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in arts, death, music, prince, Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,966 other followers

Follow the indoob! network on WordPress.com
April 2016
S M T W T F S
« Mar   Jun »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
Blog Stats
  • 28,438 hits
  • 104. you shall not (movie)pass! July 11, 2019
    RIP MoviePass, as we contemplate the next slate of streamers heading to your smart TV coming soon. Sterling discusses a pet peeve that many men can possibly only relate to. A salute to Tom Joyner and his Morning Show that kept us entertained and inspired. Support our good friends over at Mayke reach their Kickstarter goal: https://www.kickstarter.com/project […]
  • 103. bettye swann was here June 29, 2019
    Sterling gets a new car and names it after one of his favorite soul singers. Sterling and Kortney officially declare they are apologists for The Matrix trilogy. BHF salutes Dr. Marijauna Pepsi Vandyck. Are cell phones making bone spurs grow out of your head? And has Star Trek already trekked to Mars? More questions you didn't know you wanted to be answe […]
  • 102. reasons to skin a cat June 14, 2019
    Sterling embraces newfound fame and attempts to cope. A first-ever BHF/Spookums Zone Mashup featuring legendary blues musician Robert Johnson. Also, who's censoring Lizzo and for why would you ever? Later, an in-depth review of the season 5 finale of The Flash (yes we're talking about The Flash again because we can).
%d bloggers like this: