Growing up and living nearly all of my life in Minnesota, parts of home will always ingrained in me and Prince will always be one of those things.

This morning I woke up to a text from my mom telling me that Prince had died and in my groggy haze I did what everybody else would do; do a quick google search to confirm the news.  Falling back to sleep I would wake up two hours later and start to process what I had just heard, and nearly six hours later, I am still trying to process what I had heard and what had been proven to be true.  Prince is dead.

It is an odd phenomenon how people are effected and mourn the loss of someone that they never personally knew and never personally met.  People that have touched our lives through sport, film, music and what have you, have a serious impact upon peoples lives and sometimes such an impact that they almost feel like family because of the impact they did have.  Being a native Minnesotan and musician, this is one that does hit hard.  It’s Prince.  It’s in our blood.

I was lucky enough to see him live once at Target Center in Minneapolis in 1999 and like nearly everybody who has seen him perform, I was utterly blown away.  You go in knowing you are going to see a great show and a great performance, but not truly knowing that you are about to see one of the best ever.  A truly masterful musician, performer and songwriter that owned every single stage he had ever been on and every instrument he played.  Seeing him play every single instrument on stage was the icing on the cake of an already amazing performance.

Prince’s passing is a grim reminder to all of us music fans to get out there and see as much of it as possible, whomever it may be.  Just glancing at the list of iconic performers that have left us in the past few months, it is staggering seeing the list knowing personally I will never have the chance to see Motörhead perform again nor will I ever get to see Lemmy at The Rainbow.  I will never have a chance to see The Eagles, a chance that I passed up on in the 90’s because my suave gingerness could not find a date.  I will never have a chance to see Bowie or Merle Haggard.

Prince, his music and his film has touched the lives of millions.  Today, April 21st 2016, the music industry and the world lost a revolutionary artist.  An artist who’s name will forever be mentioned with those before him that impacted and changed music.  Elvis, The Beatles, Hendrix, Cobain, and now Prince Rogers Nelson. #purplepain