Why Prince Will Be An Icon Forever

Why Prince Will Be An Icon Forever


It seems that we don't really appreciate genius until he is gone. I am referring to Prince, the artist. Prince wrote the soundtrack of my life. People often can't get past his sexual lyrics and have written him off over the years as well...crazy!

He had a theory that people that had issues with his lyrics, had issues with sexuality overall. Aren't most geniuses crazy? In my mind, he just said it like it was. He sang about things that were taboo. He said things that were shocking. He wore things that were shocking (Any die-hard Prince fans remember those bikini underwear, trench coat and leg warmer days!!).

If you let yourself giggle over his "get-up," open your ears and get past the look, you would realize he is amazing. His 1980 concert at the "Bottom Line" in New York City broke all barriers. His vocal range was tremendous, his guitar riffs out of this world, and his dance moves in four inch heels were killer. He wrote, arranged and played ALL of the instruments on his first album "For You." He was an 18 year old kid that refused to let anyone tell him how to do anything when it came to his sound. He could have had the producer of "Earth Wind and Fire" but he refused to work with him.

He had his own sound...For a while. He would get a hit then move on. He would get tired of that sound and create a new one. And a new one after that, and new one after that. To me,most music today all sounds the same. Between the sampling, the outright copying of other artist's sound, and lyrics, and the auto-tuning of people who cannot sing, (I.E-Paris Hilton, Britney Spears) It's no wonder Prince had a 40 year career!

I was 12 when I first heard "Wanna Be Your Lover." I thought it was a girl singing. I would dance around in my room to it. His image was quite risqué back then. He either wore very tight pants and his shirt unbuttoned to his navel or skin tight leopard jump suits with bell bottoms. His image did not become well known until he came out with "1999." He pushed the boundaries between male and female with an androgynous look. A man with make up on, all of a sudden everyone was talking about Prince. Teenage girls were wearing frilly blouses and purple army jackets. People were talking non-stop about his look. A lot of people questioned his sexuality, trying to determine if he was gay or straight. But for Prince, it was all about the music.

It was all I cared about too! I could care less if showed up in a video wearing a dress! I played "1999" over and over until my cassette tape broke and had to run out that day and buy a new one. I was obsessed! Then one year later, "Purple Rain" came out and it turned my world upside down. The guitar riffs, the screaming, the completely unknown new sound that he invented that set my car speakers on fire. I played it over and over everywhere I went. I worked in the books and records department at Caldor at the time and my coworkers would call me up and yell "Do you have to play 'Purple Rain' again?" My answer was "yes! yes I have to!".

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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