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The doves are flyin’ high

April 28, 2016

WYNNIFRED SANDERS

 

 

 

Everyone remembers the first time they heard a song on the radio or watched a music video, and they knew they would never forget that moment or that artist.

 

 

I remember the first time I heard “Purple Rain, I was in the car with my dad on the way to school, as he sang my dad joined in like they were on the record together.

 

 

After it was over he told me about how everybody who loves music, loves Prince.

 

 

He was right.

 

 

Prince like so many others left that feeling in people’s hearts. One of those people being me.

 

 

In the wake of Prince’s tragic and untimely death last Thursday — we see the world mourn together in a way that hasn’t been displayed since the 2009 death of Michael Jackson and the 2012 passing of Whitney Houston.

 

 

Unlike, the King and Queen of Pop — the “Prince” left an undeniable mark not only with his music but with his actions.

 

 

He unequivocally made it his mission to fight for the right to own his music ,because it was his way to connect with the people, not the record company.

 

 

And connect with the people he did — by watching his performances it was clear that he felt comfortable with who he was and he unintentionally taught people to feel the same way about themselves.

 

 

He showed us through his life that even with frailties, our souls yearn for individuality, sensuality, and greatness.

 

 

How can we not listen to “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette,” or watch the 2007 Super Bowl Halftime Show and not be in awe of the musical genius in this five-foot-two-inch man in high heels?

 

 

He is and will forever be one of the greats for past, present, and future generations.

 

 

Even though this generation wasn’t born when he coined the iconic hit, “Purple Rain” in 1984 we still bask in the joy of this unforgettable melody.

 

 

We also still party like its “1999” because like older generations we too feel like “Beautiful Ones.”

 

 

Prince said he didn’t mean to cause us any sorrow or pain.

 

 

He did and that still wont go away but we’ll be okay because we know that doves are crying in the “Purple Rain.”

 

 

Wynnifred Sanders is a law student at George Mason University from Shreveport who served as multimedia editor for the Tech Talk during her undergraduate career at Louisiana Tech.

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