Music legend and culture icon, Prince Rogers Nelson died yesterday. Many across the world pay homage to his legacy.
His lyrics, creativity and ambition landed him on stages and in studios with some of the greatest musical artists of all time, and he put Minnesota on the map as a hotbed for musical talent. Prince was more than his music; he also broke down many social barriers. He blurred the lines between masculinity and femininity, and the lines of racial comfort and identity. Many people could relate with his authenticity and many others were inspired to perpetuate similar ways of moving in the world.
I didn’t know him personally, he’s the cousin of a cousin…you know how that goes… But from what I know of him, he produced music that brought all kinds of people together that wouldn’t ordinarily be together. By being himself and passionately expressing the music that was inside of him. Prince crossed color, gender, class, and faith lines. He inspired many to live from that raw, tender place within. The place of truth.
In the news also this week, is that Harriet Tubman will now replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman, who was a fugitive for taking her freedom, helped other American slaves escape captivity. For the same reasons as Prince, and many more, may Harriet Tubman’s image on our currency continually free people and remind us to live from that opened space. Prince knew what it was to live from that place.
May we all find beauty in our music, passion through what we generate with our lives, and the ability to live freely from the deepest place of the soul.
We are free.