11 Mysterious Facts about Prince; the Bright Superstar Revolutionary of Rock N Roll Royalty

 

Yesterday we had to say farewell to an iconic creative genius , a mysterious music making Royal, a dying breed of rare gifted gems that we will come to know as, ‘Irreplaceable Rock ‘N’ Roll SuperStars’…..the end seemingly, of a royal rock ‘n’ roll  ’purple reign’. So here below is a collection of some juicy jewels, that we hope serve to spark some wonder with you about The Kid’, the mystery, the soulful Super Star; Prince Rogers Nelson, who we all knew simply as Prince.

1). Purple Rain was originally 11 minutes long. It is colored in mystery and symbolism. Although those lacking imagination, might acquit the sexiness of thought , and forgo believing that purple was more than just Princes fave color, yet in the mind of Prince himself (and his deeply aligned fans) the song dripped with lush royal-hued revelations. Purple has long been attributed in art history as the color of royalty, mystery, and ‘the mystic’, so that there is the fact. Beyond that, Prince once upon a time romanticized the idea of apocalypse; as a time to be enraptured in the sensual embrace of your lover,  while abiding together in divine faith in God. In his own mystifying words,

“When there’s blood in the sky – red and blue = purple.. purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god”guide you through the purple rain”

On that note the song “Darling Nikki”  off the same album, features perplexing and distorted vocals overlaid with sounds of a rain storm, which supposedly reveals a cryptic extra verse when back-masked via a vinyl record player containing the following message:

“Hello, how are you? I’m fine cause I know that the Lord is coming soon, coming, coming soon”

2). Prince was deeply inspired by Stevie Wonder.

 

 

3). Prince, for a short time, became known as ‘The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” and shortly thereafter he identified himself with a self-created symbol. Most cynics out there saw the symbol solely as a ploy and tool for contract negotiations with Warner Record Label, who informed Prince he could no longer go by his real name, Prince.

 

 

He was loud and brave about the fact that he recognized relationships with record labels to be a form of unjust contractual slavery. However, besides the symbols obvious practical purposes, there is a personal story of  meaningful symbolism that encircles it. It combines the symbols for female (and planet Venus) and the symbol for male (and planet Mars). The story is that during meditation it entered Prince’s awareness, and he named it the “Love Symbol”, so it obviously carried a powerful protective mystery to Prince, beyond just the pragmatic.


4). When Prince was in 7th grade he was already a musical prodigy, and multi instrumentalist. One of his childhood pals was pretty good at piano, and together they used to pretend they did not know anything about music, and would clumsily go through the “Mary Had a Little Lamb” drill in front of their music teacher, but as soon as the teacher would leave the glassed encased practice room, they would jam out!

 

5). Prince’s performance was one of the most legendary in Super bowl history. When Prince was alerted that it was raining on the day of, he asked the organizers if they could make it rain harder. Then he and his entire sexy crew went on to pull off a flawless and unforgettable “purple rain” performance in the pouring rain.

6). Prince had a child with his ex-wife Mayte, and became a father, but after only a week the baby passed away.

7). Later in his life, Prince was told he needed two hip replacements, but refused them due to his devotion to the Jevovah witness faith;  which does not believe that blood transfusions are ok to do.

8). Prince seemed to lead a very cryptic and soulful life, filled with wonderful mystery and freedom . He was found dead in an elevator yesterday, and the lyrics of his song “Let’s go Crazy” may get us all wondering and deeply imagining too. Do you think he foretold his own death when he wrote “Let’s go Crazy”….and “punched the higher floor” on April 21, 2016?

“Let’s Go Crazy”

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here 2 tell u
There’s something else
The afterworld

A world of never ending happiness
U can always see the sun, day or night

So when u call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
U know the one – Dr Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

‘Cuz in this life
Things are much harder than in the afterworld
In this life
You’re on your own

And if de-elevator tries 2 bring u down
Go crazy – punch a higher floor

If u don’t like the world you’re living in
Take a look around u
At least u got friends

U see I called my old lady
4 a friendly word
She picked up the phone
Dropped it on the floor
(Sex, sex) is all I heard

Are we gonna let de-elevator
Bring us down
Oh, no Let’s Go!

Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Let’s look 4 the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

We’re all excited
But we don’t know why
Maybe it’s cuz
We’re all gonna die

And when we do (When we do)
What’s it all 4 (What’s it all 4)
U better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door

Tell me, are we gonna let de-elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Look 4 the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

C’mon baby
Let’s get nuts
Yeah
Crazy

Let’s go crazy

Are we gonna let de-elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!
Go crazy

I said let’s go crazy (Go crazy)
Let’s go, let’s go
Go
Let’s go

Dr. Everything’ll be alright
Will make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and daffodills will kill
Hang tough children

He’s coming
He’s coming
Coming

Take me away!

9) He helped numerous artists with his genius creativity, to get their careers jump started, and also collaborated with other stars, all under secretive pseudonyms. Some of those notables are :Sinead O’Connor, Steve Nicks, Madonna, The Bangles, Alicia Keys, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Lianne La Havas, and Carmen Electra, to name a few.

10). Prince used the term ‘Raspberry Beret’ in his song by the same title, to describe “someone who stands up and is proud of being different.” Prince always encouraged people to be fearlessly themselves.

11). Prince helped launch the #yeswecode initiative in response to the Trayvon Martin verdict, to show his commitment to advocacy, and to encourage young people of color to have a more prominent place as visionaries and luminaries in the tech sector. He is quoted as saying,

“You know, every time people see a young black man wearing a hoodie, they think, he’s a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a hoodie they think, oh that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a dot-com billionaire.”When co-founder of #yeswecode, Van Jones responded, “Well, yeah, Prince that’s true but that’s because of racism,” Prince’s reply was “No, it’s because we have not produced enough black Mark Zuckerberg’s. That’s on us. That’s on us. To deal with what we’re not doing to get our young people prepared to be a part of this new information economy.”

….And may the artist we will always know as Prince, be receiving some much deserved rest, in the Eternal Love, Peace & Beauty.

 

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Avid Music Lover Runs London Marathon For Our Pilot Project Partner, AET

 

Around this time last year, RadioFlag did a TEDX talk, where we mentioned how internet radio and mobile technologies are helping to educate and empower people in Africa, including some of the most conflict ridden parts of Africa. RadioFlag put “it” (our beliefs) out there; one being that we believe internet radio can help provide remote education for children who cannot safely travel to classrooms to learn, and it can essentially create “social-radio powered classrooms” for those in Africa. Later part of last year is when RadioFlag and Africa Educational Trust first connected, with the feeling that there could be some great synergy in exploring this mission together, so we mutually decided to develop a pilot project, which is currently underway.

 In the spirit of collaboration, we invite you to learn more about AET and their 2016 marathon runner Charlotte, who loves exploring the world, discovering new music, bands and DJs, and is an avid festival goer; that is when she is not running to unwind, or as in this case, running for a worthy cause. You can support Charlotte and AET by donating to her virgin money giving page. All donation will be matched.

 

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