I haven’t listened to Prince, since his passing. In all honesty, I don’t think I have intentionally listened to any of his music since 1999, at my New Year’s Eve party. This does not mean that I don’t like his music, I definitely do. I think he did a lot for music in our generation, but beyond that I don’t know much about him.
I don’t understand people who dusted off his records, and are listening to him for the first time in years, just because he died. It is sad that he passed, very sad, especially at 57. I don’t want to cheapen his death, by acting like I will miss him, because he was not a part of my life for at least sixteen years.
Our virtual relationships with celebrities on social media is pretty sickening. I don’t know why people want to capitalize off of his name. A few celebrities posted that had never really known him, yet their twitter feed lit up with new followers. Our local movie theater is showing Purple Rain, all weekend. I don’t understand it at all.
Why do we mourn people after we have forgot about them for so long. Bandwagon jumpers bought a lot of Prince tracks and are fake mourning all over the world.
Jesus experienced this in Matthew 9:18-23 ESV
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
18 While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples.
20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment,
21 for she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.”
22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly[d] the woman was made well.
23 And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,
24 he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him.
25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went through all that district.
Jesus told them to go away, not because he had to have the room empty, but because they were hired professional mourners. They often did this in those days, it reminds me a lot of all the fake mourners for Prince.
We as a society often do not appreciate someone until they are gone. I want to take all the energy, that I put into “fake mourning” and put it into all the people who are aging and showing my appreciation for them, before it is too late for them to feel the love I have for them.
So, keep listening to your Prince album, but remember to actively care for those who you have actual relationships with and help them know the love you have for them.