I Will Always Remember Your Diamonds and Pearls

By now you would have heard all about Prince’s death, just typing his name into Google and you can read all kinds of rumours in regards to what went wrong. Flu, drugs, exhaustion, the rumour mill is running rife and networks are busy spinning their own take on what happened. But in this article, I am not going to discuss any of that. Why? Because I have never met him, I wasn’t there when 911 was called and I don’t want to be disrespectful and make any silly guesses. Honestly, it isn’t any of my business. I am more concerned about who he was, and the legacy he has left behind.

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When I think about Prince and his music, it is one of his most well-known romantic tunes that comes to my mind: Diamonds and Pearls – oh my, I love that song! Back in 1991 I had the single on tape and I would play it over and over on my double-deck cassette player. When my friends would complain, I would plug-in my head phones and play the song to my heart’s content. Cream, was another song I loved, I think Cream was the song that ended up being chewed in my tape player. Remember those days? The song would sound warped and the tape could be seen being spewed out of the cassette slot. I cried time and time again, walking back to the music shop to order another copy.

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But it wasn’t just his slow, sexy tunes that would get my heart pumping. During the late 80’s through to the 90’s, Prince’s music managed to get my hips swaying, grinding, hell pumping in all matters of fashion – I am so glad we didn’t have Instagram or Facebook back then. That would be all I need, a flashback to the days when my hair was teased up like Madonna and I had enough bangles on my arms to work as free weights. I remember going to the Blue Light Disco and getting up to shake my ass to Prince’s Gett Off and Kiss. I also loved dancing and moving my tooshy to Alphabet Street, U Got The Look, Raspberry Beret, 1999 and Little Red Corvette. My God, he created some of the most amazing music!!!!

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I just stopped typing for a minute, googled his music and practically fell off my chair. I think we all forget how much music he has produced. And when we think about how talented he was, God only knows how much more un-released music he had hidden away at his recording studio, Paisley Park. Prince was 57 years old –  57!!! He was still so young, but despite the fact he has left us so early, he will always have a place in our hearts. He has given us so many memories, so much music for us all to enjoy for years to come. How he left this world is irrelevant, he made his mark, he did leave a legacy in the hearts of his fans, and we will forever be thankful that we witnessed his splendour.

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