• Born: June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN
  • Died: April 21, 2016 in Chanhassen, MN

I just wanted to write a short post today to pay tribute to the great Prince Rogers Nelson. Also known as Jamie Starr, Christopher, Alexander Nevermind, The Purple One, Joey Coco, O(+>, and The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. While he did so much more for the music community than the movie industry, he still made his mark on Hollywood. In 1984, Prince made his film debut in Purple Rain, which he starred in. He also wrote and performed the entire soundtrack, which has since been rated as the #2 album of the 1980s, second only to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Prince won the 1985 Academy Award for Best Original Song for Purple Rain and also wrote original soundtracks for Batman, Graffiti Bridge, and Girl 6. As homage to one of the world’s greatest entertainers and performers, I’ll end with the lyrics to Paisley Park:

There is a park that is known for the face it attracts
Colorful people whose hair on one side is swept back

The smile on their faces, it speaks of profound inner peace
Ask where they’re going, they’ll tell you nowhere, they’ve taken a lifetime lease
On Paisley Park

The girl on the seesaw is laughing, for love is the color this place imparts
Paisley Park
Admission is easy, just say you believe and come to this place in your heart
Paisley Park is in your heart

There is a woman who sits all alone by the pier
Her husband was naughty and caused his wife so many tears

He died without knowing forgiveness and now she is sad, so sad
Maybe she’ll come to the park and forgive him and life won’t be so bad
In Paisley Park

See the man cry as the city, condemns where he lives
Memories die but taxes, he’ll still have to give

Who, whoever said that elephants were stronger than mules
Come to the park and play with us, there aren’t any rules in Paisley Park


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