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Goodnight, Sweet Prince


When David Bowie died a few months ago, I came across several posts in which bloggers expressed the significance of his music in their lives. Though I have several of my own Bowie favorites, and like everyone else was shocked by his passing, his music was never really a powerful part of my life.

However, the loss of Prince… this one hits hard.

I vaguely remember some of his hits from when I was a kid, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” standing out in my mind. I would have been eleven or twelve, and I distinctly recall the first time I saw his face on an album cover in Warehouse Records. It wouldn’t be until high school that I became a fan, but something about the face on that cover drew my attention and I was intrigued by his androgynous looks. Despite the hair on his chest and the mustache, he gave off an unmistakable feminine vibe.

About three years later, other singles were making the charts such as “1999”, “Little Red Corvette”, and “Delirious”, all of which I liked but he was still kind of under my radar for the most part.

Then Purple Rain happened. O…M…G! Don’t get me wrong, I fully realize that one of the main reasons the album Purple Rain had such an impact on me was because of its timing. It came out right as I started high school, and this thing was huge. And honestly, if it wasn’t for the movie–that cheesy ass movie–I don’t know if I would have ever become the Prince fan I became.

I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t buy the album until after I saw the film. The music on that soundtrack was so different than anything else I’d heard. Purple Rain made me take a closer look at Prince, and I was hooked.

Those who knew me in high school know I was kinda reserved and modest, at least compared to the theater crowd I ran with. I recall being at a party, all of us watching that movie, and the heat rising to my face during a particularly racy scene. And the number “Darling Nikki”? That was a seriously naughty song!

But I think my favorite song from the album is “The Beautiful Ones”. I will always remember the scene when he sings to Apollonia while Morris Day sits beside her, asking her to choose between the two of them. What girl would not die to have the man she loves sing those words to her? And the passion with which he sang it….Drool! (If you don’t feel like watching the whole thing, forward to 3:20.)

So yeah, his music was a huge part of my youth and high school memories. And because of Prince, Morris Day’s music was kind of big there for a while. Below is a picture of me and friends at the Hawaiian Dance in 1985, where we danced our little tushies off to “Jungle Love” by Morris Day and the Time. That’s me in the bottom right.
One thing I am very thankful for is I did have the opportunity to see him live about fifteen years ago. Tickets to his concert were the most I’d ever paid to see anyone, and my friend and I ended up having to leave a little early because I was experiencing girl cramps that night that nearly had me on my knees. (Stupid girl cramps!) But anyway, I didn’t really know what to expect from him in concert. Because he was so reserved, I always wondered if that reservedness was arrogance, and half expected him to have a bit of an attitude on stage. Not the case. He was one of the most gracious performers I’ve ever seen, and I feel blessed that I was given the experience of his music live.

So I’d like to thank him for being part of  the wonderful memories of my youth I will forever hold dear, and for gifting the world with his brilliance.

​Goodnight, sweet Prince.

After publishing this post, I had to add this clip from the Jimmy Fallon Show in which he shares his experience playing ping pong with Prince. This is a must see. The good part starts around 6:00. 🙂

13 responses to “Goodnight, Sweet Prince”

  1. Prince was never really on my radar, but I know how hard it can be when someone who was a huge part of your growing up passing. How wonderful you got to see him live.


  2. You know what I just realized while playing Darling Nikki? The storyline of that song reminds me of the storyline of Shades of Gray!

    I remember listening to that song – but I was so young I had to hide the fact that I was listening to it from my parents. My friends and I had a copy of the song on a CASSETTE TAPE that we’d hide in our backpacks and pass around without letting any of our parents know. Crazy!


    1. Shelly Hickman Avatar
      Shelly Hickman

      Such a cute story, Julie! I remember reading the lyrics to that song on the album sleeve and I was like, “Yikes. This is a nasty little song.” Haha! Thanks for sharing that memory. 🙂


  3. I was never a huge fan of Prince but it’s true that it’s sad to lose such huge icons. It must have been so amazing for you to see him live! What an amazing memory that will be for you.


  4. Meredith Schorr Avatar
    Meredith Schorr

    I loved Prince. There was always something so sexy about him. I Wanna Be Your Lover, Purple Rain, The Beautiful Ones are among my favorites. I’ll have to watch the Fallon video when my officemate leaves for the day 🙂


  5. Cinthia Ritchie Avatar
    Cinthia Ritchie

    Oh, I know! Princes’s death also hit me hard. I remember listening to his music in college, during that time when I didn’t know what to do with my life, which path to take, which person to be, and his lyrics really hit me, and I mean deep inside, and made me feel as if it were okay to simply be my introverted, odd and sometimes difficult self. I can’t imagine my life without my Prince songs. He’s on every playlist I have. I listen to him as I write, run, work out, etc. P.S. Nice post!


    1. Shelly Hickman Avatar
      Shelly Hickman

      Thanks, Cinthia. And thanks for sharing your connection with Prince. He will be missed for sure. ❤


  6. In a year-so-far of really devastating deaths, this one was so tough. It seems like Prince was always there, the soundtrack of my college years, ever-present on MTV. Such a genius, and so modest that we tended to take him for granted. Now so many stories of all his charity work are coming out, and it makes it even harder to deal with. We’ve lost one of the greats. 😦


    1. Shelly Hickman Avatar
      Shelly Hickman

      I know, Jayne. Both Prince and Michael Jackson were HUGE in my life. Still hard for me to take that we lost them too soon. :*(


  7. Michelle James Avatar
    Michelle James

    Prince was never one I followed. I think he just came into the public eye a bit too late for me. I know so many loved him, and it is always hard to say good-bye to someone you admire.


  8. Shelly Hickman Avatar
    Shelly Hickman

    Thanks for reading, ladies, and sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. It’s been one of those crazy, exhausting weeks. I promise to check out your posts on the hop this weekend. 🙂


  9. What a great way to remember Prince! I was a fan of the Diamonds & Pearls album. His music was unique, for sure!


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Las Vegas native, Computer Science teacher, and writer (when the mood strikes). Author of five novels – mostly romantic comedies – available on Amazon and Audible.


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