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“The most important thing is to be true to yourself, but I also like danger. That’s what’s missing from pop music today. There’s no excitement or mystery.”

– Prince

 

Just like Michael and Whitney and Bowie before him, I will always remember exactly where I was when I learned of his passing.

The purple reign is over as Prince has been called home, but excuse me while I scream in the corner because I cannot fathom that Prince is gone too. My childhood superstars are going faster than I can blink these days: Michael, Whitney, and now Prince. Who else is left? I shudder to even speak their names lest 2016 hear me and take them from me…

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Great art lives many lifetimes and in the case of Prince, fans have been blessed with vaults filled with works that span decades. According to folklore, Prince has so much music that has yet to be released that we may be hearing new music from him generations from now.

One can only hope.

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But Prince lived on the edge artistically, and what he warned us about is threatening to become the norm: as musicians wade in mediocrity, too lazy and afraid to push the boundaries and challenge the status quo. What made Prince a king among artists was his ability to see through the fear and live in the moment, and along the way endearing himself to a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life.

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Republican or Democrat, gay or straight, white or black, we all loved Prince, which is further proof that music is possibly the great unifier. We may have lost royalty, but his treasures will continue to live on for all times.

Rest In Peace, Prince Rogers Nelson.

It was, is, and will always be a helluva party.

 

Triston
Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.

Brace yourself.


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