My Tribute to His Royal Badness

It’s so hard to believe Prince has been gone six years. And because it’s the sixth anniversary of his departure, I thought that instead of talking about bullies and bullying, I’d post my own tribute to one of the musicians who made the bullying I suffered easier to cope with.

I’ve been a huge Prince fan since I was eight years old and I have all his CDs. “1999,” “Purple Rain,” Around the World In A Day,” “Sign O’ the Times,” I have them all. Even CDs of his older albums like “Controversy,” and “Private Joy.”

I remember the first time I hear him sing and watched His Royal Badness perform on TV. While lying in the hospital after a horrific, near-fatal car wreck, I watched him perform, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” on Soul Train.

After that, I was hooked forever! I was smitten by not only the song but by him because he performed so well. His stage presence was amazing! Michael Jackson was another musician I took notice of on Soul Train also during my time in the hospital with his song, “I Wanna Rock with You (All Night). Michael Jackson was talented, don’t get me wrong, but Prince stole the spotlight from him, in my opinion.

Normally, anytime a celebrity passed away, it never affected me much. I would see it as just another dead celebrity. But when Prince passed away, I was pretty shocked and saddened.

One thing I liked about Prince was his mysteriousness. He often refused most media interviews and didn’t need all the media attention like celebrities of today. He didn’t care whether he stayed relevant or not and preferred to live a quiet and private life. I loved that about him!

Prince already knew his worth and didn’t need people clamoring over him. He wasn’t obsessed with attention like the self-absorbed celebrities of the present day. He was a quiet guy off stage and no doubt, these things were what made him so beguiling and alluring.

And, let’s face it, the man had to be uber-talented to have such protรฉgรฉs as Apollonia, Vanity, Sheila E., Morris Day and the Time, Jesse Johnson, The Family, Andre Cymone, TaMara and the Seen, and other famous artists he made famous.

Prince had many nicknames:

His Royal Badness

His Purple Majesty

The Kid

…whatever you wanted to call him, he was a musical genius and my favorite!

So, today, I will be blogging and listening to my Prince Playlist of over a hundred songs! And I will probably take several dance-breaks from the computer. His music definitely got me through some tough times!

Prince Roger Nelson

June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016

Prince’s Proteges:

Andre Cymone

Sheila E.

Apollonia

84 thoughts on “My Tribute to His Royal Badness

  1. Well, I know him by two monikers: The “Love Symbol” and “TAFKAP” (The Artist Formerly Known As Prince).

    For favorite tunes, mine’s “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” and “Betcha By Golly Wow”. Prince’s take on it definitely puts a pop flair to the Stylistics tune.

  2. I agree with you Cherie, Prince was a wonderful bad-ass performer, an extraordinary talent and I loved his music too. Just as I did Michael Jackson. We have similar taste in music it seems! Sending love and good vibes today. xx

  3. I really enjoyed this. Prince is one of my favorite musical performing artists. He was very authentic. Some of his material is rather lurid, but he wasnโ€™t hiding. Enjoy your playlist. I had forgotten that he died on this day. Iโ€™m going to listen to mine. Especially like โ€œTake Me With U.โ€

  4. I agree that Prince was a musical genius. He could play all the instruments, sing, and dance. He was also quite mysterious and kept things always interesting. I may not have been his biggest fan, but recognized his talent, and loved some of his music. I was very sad when he died. I was sad a lot, that year. What a horrible year for celebrities, and a lot of great musicians died that year. Bowie, 2/3 of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Glenn Frey . . . The Great Celebrity Apocalypse.

  5. I have to admit, I didn’t listen to Prince much because in the 1980s, he wasn’t metal. That’s down to my own narrowmindedness but these days I realise what a great talent he was.

  6. Prince was my favorite artist as well. He captured my attention with his first single “wanna be your lover.” That track and many more he composed, played, and sang by himself. The purple one will always be missed.

    • Oh, wow! I completely understand, Cindy! I’d always wanted to see Prince in concert and never got to! I was too young (13 yo) when he did his Purple Rain tour. But you can bet that if I’d been old enough, I’d been one of the first ones there! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  7. I love it Cherie!!๐Ÿ’•I loved Prince and I loooved me some Soul Train!! I think youโ€™ve been hiding your โ€˜black girlโ€™ roots๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

    • ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love your comment, Tam! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ We used to watch Soul Train all the time during the 70s amd 80s. And I’ve loved all kinds of music, from rock N roll, to Disco, to New Jack Swing! I love any oldskool song with a good beat and that makes you get up and dance!

    • ย Iโ€™ve always had some Soul in me and I got it from my Mom. She likes the Stylistics, Donna Summer, Al Greenโ€ฆand she looooves Disco and post-disco!ย 

  8. I am fully agreed with you.many celebrities had suffered from bulling bitterly.a beautiful tribute to my favourite Mickal Jackson.๐Ÿ™โค๐Ÿ™

  9. Oh my gosh Cherie, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful and amazing tribute with us. How refreshing! ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ’Ž You know, Prince and I are the same age and when “I Wanna Be Your Lover” came out when I was in college, one of our college bands, Midnight Blue, would tear that song up. The base guitar singer sang falsetto just like Prince and sounded like him too. ๐Ÿ’–

    ๐Ÿ Prince did not allow anyone to define him because they thought he was weird. People wondered whether he was gay when he first arrived on the scene because of his hair and high heels. But of course, James Brown donned the high platforms back in his day too. The day Prince and Michael Jackson passed away shocked me to my core. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ It was like I lost two brothers. I was completely blindsided by both untimely deaths who were geniuses with music theory.

    The one thing about the seriousness or how far out there he was with his music, there was always a method to his so called madness. There are many artists out there who people often try to imitate but can never duplicate. Prince was one of those artists…my Purple Majesty! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ By the way, there is one of my favorite tear-dropping songs I love:
    https://youtu.be/ms86DXkrNHI

    Have a FANtabulous day DJ Cherie! ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ“€

    • Oooo, I love that scene too, girl! I have the movie and it never gets old. He and Apollonia were awesome! Prince and Michael Jackson were awesome! They each had their own styles and that’s what made them special! And you’re spot on when you mentioned that people thought Prince was weird- I read that he was bullied horribly when he was in high school and that he was a loner. This makes me love him that much more! And Michael Jackson was bullied by the media! I mean, they tried to take him down, Kym! And that made me feel terrible for him. No wonder he battled depression like he did!

      • Oh Cherie, isn’t it so ironic that you write about the very topic that they dealt with most of their lives? It’s so heartbreaking, and there is so much we will never know about the amount of stuff they dealt with on a day-to-day basis. These days, it seems like we’ve made a bully’s access to victims easier, and we see so much evidence of this through social media.

        Once again ladybug, I am elated by your tribute to His Royal Badness. We really miss him so much! ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ But guuurrrrllllll, his music lives on! ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽถ

        • Absolutely his music lives on, and I couldn’t be more grateful! I’m always happy to see the bullied become famous stars! And you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned that through social media, bullies have easier access to their targets. You’re so right, girl!

  10. I certainly spent a lot of time on the dance floor grooving to Princes music. He was very much part of the music scene and I think sadly many didn’t realise his brilliance until after his death.

  11. Yes, he was also my idol. A very great sorrow when he died. In Spain I was able to see him live on the Nude Tour. It was wonderful. He will always be with me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Many thanks for this post!

  12. I love how he did not hide his talents. No one knew what he fought in his thoughts but he never gave up without letting the world know what he had. Someone told me you don’t know who needs your story for salvation so you keeping it is delaying the salvation of someone out there. A worthy tribute ๐Ÿ‘

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