April 22, 2016

"Die Like a Hero Going Home"

cartoon for April 22, 2016

Today's cartoon in the Arizona Republic.

Oh my effing God, 2016. You need to stop this right now.

David Bowie. Glenn Frey. Merle Haggard. Malik Taylor. Vanity. Maurice White. Paul Kantner.

And now, of course, Prince Rogers Nelson, at the age of 57. Only *cough*mumbledy*cough* years older than me.

I've been watching a few videos, including the ubiquitous clip of his scorching guitar solo in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." If you fast-forward to the end of the clip, Prince tosses the guitar into the air after his solo--and it never comes down.

Obviously someone in the rafters caught it, but talk about symbolism.

Then I stumbled across this clip, with Lenny Kravitz.

That blue jumpsuit is a work of art all unto itself, but the incredible musicianship and guitar chops are on full display.

I only hope whoever manages his estate will release the rumored hundreds of songs in the vaults, so we can see the full extent of his genius.

"When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."   ~Tecumseh

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