The public response to the death of Prince on and after April 21 has felt far more personal than the many other celebrity deaths in recent months. One reason suggests that with the late icon’s music not readily available on online platforms like YouTube and Spotify, many of the reflections and tributes have forced mourners to include detailed personal anecdotes; for example, where with David Bowie’s death it was easy to post, say, the “Modern Love” video to one’s social media, the dearth of Prince links floating around the internet allowed fans get a bit more personal.
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Prince’s death hit me hard — harder than I expected it to. The guy was music… virtuostic on every instrument he played and an incredible singer. He wrote and performed songs that were stunningly beautiful, truly bizarre and funky as hell, making it look easy while wearing three-inch heels and dancing his ass off. I loved and admired him as a performer, a musician and a songwriter and his death left me a bit empty. When Randi [Millman of Atwood’s] asked me to take part in this, I jumped at the chance because all we have left is his music and that’s what the night is all about — his fans getting together in the same place to mourn his loss, sing his songs, dance and celebrate his purple life. It’s gonna be a beautiful night.