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Wilderness Walk: Prince

Dearly beloved... We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word life it means forever and that's a mighty long time, But I'm here to tell you... There's something else... The after world. A world of never ending happiness. You can always see the sun, day... or night...

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Good morning sports fans. It's with a great sadness in my heart I come to you today. I'm still in shock really, reality hasn't quite sunk in. Yesterday, Minnesota The World was dealt a straight steel-toed boot to the abdomen. We now live in a world without Prince.


What the hell universe!?!?

I'm honestly at a complete loss for words. As the endless tributes poured in over the airwaves, and the tears poured down my face, I try like many of you to rationalize the situation. To somehow, fit this new piece into the puzzle of life. It just doesn't fit. Prince, the crown jewel of Minnesota, taken at just 57 years.

I didn't expect this. Nobody expected this. Prince is one of those artists who, for me personally, isn't necessarily one that I seek out. It's not that I don't own any of his albums or won't turn it on. It's just the kind of music that is always around, everywhere you go. If one of his songs happens to cross my ears, he is one of the only artists I would not change the station or turn off, ever!  For as long as I can remember there has really been just a couple rules surrounding Prince in my life. 1) A Prince song comes on, you always turn it up. 2) Never under any circumstance are you to sing Purple Rain at karaoke. Unless you're the man himself, you couldn't possibly do it justice.

I thought as I woke up this morning, some of the sting might have subsided. I was no further than a radio dial away from realizing how wrong I was. Prince was really the catalyst in my realization that if you're listening to music and it doesn't make you feel anything at all, you are listening to the wrong music.

He didn't just walk through new doors, he broke down the walls. His ability to transition across the genres, his creativity, the mysterious nature he surrounded himself with, the re-invention over, and over, and over again, the pure unfiltered talent.

For me, yesterday was spent following along with Twin Cities local radio station 89.3 The Current. It's a station I tend to gravitate to anyway, but yesterday they absolutely nailed it. For those DJ's who were struggling with the news in their own heads, for the most part keeping it together while they spun every Prince album in chronological order and brought on guests to share their reflections on Prince, it was just where I needed to be and so that is where I stayed.

There will be no music today, it's gone silent.

RIP Prince Rogers Nelson

One of a kind, one of us


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