I had mixed feelings when Prince passed away. Part of me was sad, of course, because Prince was such an important part of my musical landscape growing up, and part of me was happy for him, because I felt he had a death which didn't require him looking tragic in old age.
Prince was most definitely a period piece. Even though some might say that his personal style was unique, it ultimately belonged to a period that has well passed. He is the eighties. He is the early nineties.
All of us perhaps want to have some long standing career where we are celebrated and recognised for all our contributions at each stage of our lives but when you look at most authors, writers, musicians, poets and artists, the truth is that most of us have very few tricks, and once we have developed them it is merely a matter of trying to reinvent ourselves with the same tricks over and over again.
For Prince, he was sublime, magical, extraordinary in his time - but then his time passed. At least now he gets to remain immortalised rather than some relic wheeled out at music festivals to remind us of what glory once looked like. Vale Prince Rogers Nelson, may you rest in eternal peace and thank you for the music. I shall remember you in the context of the meme below, young, cat like and sexually ambiguous.