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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Junior Year Was A Learning Experience About Who I Am In Order To Be The Best Version Of Myself

This year was a changing experience.


I walked inside with a sure enthusiasm that this year would be better than last. I told myself that I wasn't gonna man the same mistakes and fall into the same traps that can left my grades in the dust for so many years. I said that this was the first year I was going to be stress free and without any problems. I also said this would be the year I would get in shape and stop eating cookies but the day that I'm writing it is national chocolate chip cookie day and I'm enjoying a nice and warm one.

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Junior year was an experience that I'm going to keep with me forever because of the good and the bad. First off, I would like to thank my parents for never giving me that resolved look of contempt or happiness. This only motivated me or to work harder and I would like to say that I think I made you guys proud with how hard I worked this year. The next people I would like to thank are my friends, you guys are the actual goats. I know that many of you guys don't know how much I appreciate you and I would like to say that I really take it to heart when you guys help me with a certain problem, whether its academic, social, or none of the above.

As for the plot that most people were waiting now, the grades of the haunted Junior Year. I consider myself to be a very average student and I thought that my grades were going to be once again average by junior year standards. I though that they were going to fall so low that I would not be asian failing anymore. Surprisingly, this was the first year out of all my years in high school that my hard work paid off with consistent grades. That does not mean good but that does not mean bad. As a junior at Northview, I was amongst the 200 that took 4 AP classes and etc etc. Grades do not have to define you and getting a single bad grade will not kill you is the lesson I learned this year. That was the single most important idea that I could have taken from this year because it gave me a new perspective on my education. It was time I lived a little.

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