After hearing about Prince’s passing today through a text my aunt sent to me this afternoon, I was mind blown and felt empty. I never had the chance to meet Prince or see one of his breathtaking live shows- but he was my all-time favorite artist. He was a true superstar and an extraordinary creator beyond his time.
My love affair started when I was 3 years old and my parents would play Prince’s vinyl records throughout our cozy town home apartment. The room filled with upbeat tempos and smooth melodies of the Purple Rain album, it was infatuating to say the least.When I was 4, the movie “Under the Cherry Moon” was on our Hitachi TV and I instantly found my “future husband”. He was the most beautiful man I ever seen in my life and had the most amazing style. He had this aura that was electrifying and captivating… Charlie Murphy was not exaggerating when talked about the “glow” that surrounded him.
Growing up watching Prince on TV, reading articles in magazine covers he graced and listening to his music defined the meaning of iconic for me. He had charisma and spunk along with flourishing talent. As a painfully shy and unpopular kid throughout school, I always thought of Prince as my alter ego and who I admired to be. Prince is the only man that can attract any woman on the planet while wearing a pair of pumps, myself included in the throng of memorized women. His fashion sense was killer and overall genius. He perfectly blended feminine and masculine elements during the androgynous 1980’s and could care less about what anyone else thought of him. His attitude, sexiness and hint of mystery were his signature and made us fall in love.
I am a firm believer that the only person that can stop you is YOU- and Prince was not afraid to fail. He was not afraid to be different, which I regularly remind myself it is OK to be different. For real, why blend in when you are meant to stand out?
Prince embodied living out loud and living life passionately to the fullest. Even though there will never be another Prince, my ultimate goal in life would be to make an impact on someone’s life as he did mine.
In celebration of his life and the re-branding of JasMoseley- Mondays will be “Purple Monday” with all things uplifting and inspirational on the site. Rest peacefully Prince Rogers Nelson.