Prince: The Artist
Where were you when?
With Thursday’s sad news, I was in my period 4 math class, about to launch into a quadratics lesson when a student called out, “Mr. Stephen, did you hear…”
But over the last few days, I’ve been thinking about a different ‘where were you when’ question.
Q: Where were you when…you became a Prince fan?
A: Saturday, February 4, 2006. At home, watching Saturday Night Live (SNL) with my fabulous future wife.
Steve Martin was the host, the two of us were really enjoying the episode. The self-help book promo sketch, Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford, we still quote, 10 years later.
Though the skits were fun, it was the musical guest that night that left a truly unforgettable impression.
About half an hour in, Steve Martin announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Prince.”
About 4 minutes after that, I was well on my way to becoming a full-fledged Prince fan.
What a track. What a performance. What a performer.
What a tragedy that he’s gone.
Thank you Prince for sharing your remarkable talents with the world.
Rest in Peace.