Let's Paint the Town Purple for Prince
As you know, this past Thursday we lost an incredible artist. Like Bowie, Prince was revolutionary and touched the lives of many through his music. My mom was a huge Prince fan and while living in Minneapolis, where Prince was from, she was able to see him at First Avenue, a downtown music venue that helped launch his career. (You may remember it from the movie Purple Rain.)
Suffice it to say, the Purple Rain album was a staple in our house. It wasn’t one of those albums that we grew up with and then never listened to again, we never stopped listening to it.
Coincidentally, I had plans to go to Minneapolis Thursday night to see Amy Schumer. After hearing about Prince, I felt honored to be in Minneapolis that night; I knew Prince was a beloved Minneapolis native. I knew they would be mourning his loss, but I never could have anticipated what magnitude. Amy Schumer was at the Target Center, right next to First Avenue. Inside First Ave a DJ played Prince as a massive Dance Party ensued. What could not be contained within the walls of First Avenue then spilled out onto the city streets. They shut down the street, bands played Prince music, and a block party was created.
As we drove home from Amy, a hilarious show by the way, the city was colored purple. Purple lights lit bridges, skyscrapers, and even churches. It was such a sight to see.
The next day we went to Spyhouse coffee where Prince was playing over the speakers. We then went to lunch at my favorite Pizza place, Pizza Luce, where the drink special was Purple Rain; we were told that the dance party had lasted until 7 am! We decided to head to First Avenue to see what was left. A memorial lay under Prince’s silver star; purple balloons, flowers, pictures, guitars, and even plates of blueberry pancakes (not too sure about that one) had been left. People were lined up to take pictures next to the star most dressed in purple; some even had freshly dyed purple locks! I know some people don’t understand when people cry over celebrities, and I don’t totally get it either, but I was glad I was able to see the aftermath and pay my respects to the fallen star.
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