We were blessed and spoiled by the amazing talents of Prince Rogers Nelson. The faucet was always running with experiences and something to look forward to. Prince would release an album and 3 weeks later, we would talk about the next album that he was working on (and we didn't have too wait long). So many great tours that we slept out for tickets, spent so much money on, and bonded with a genius performer and fellow fans. Now we are left with an incredible void that is very difficult to process.
I have Prince and his music to thank for so many great things that have happened in my life. A simple question about his gun microphone on AMP (alt.music.prince) discussion group connected me with my wife. Prince later answered the meaning of the gun mic. I have lifetime close friends with members of fan sites, Prince's band mates, and Prince's inner circle. All blossomed from our love and admiration of a performer and his music. Gi and I will always cherish hosting those Sunday night radio shows with the NPGMusicClub.
Prince had a long history with our radio show the "Upper Room with Joe Kelley and Gi Dussault" and I will be forever grateful to him. He featured our show on his official web site in March 2004, the first radio show having this honor.The relationship was exciting and mysterious as was the par with his Royal Badness. Prince would request copies our radio show and I would send them up to Paisley Park. One day, I received an email from Prince saying that the pitch on one of his Camille-voiced tracks was a little off. I listened back and couldn't hear any difference. But who am I to question the man who wrote the song?
My fondest memory of Prince emanated from a misunderstanding that we had. Rather than picking up the phone and calling me, Prince apologized in his own way. I received a FexEx package from Paisley Park that contained the One Night Alone box set. The CDs were unreleased at the time and we were the only radio show in the world to have a copy. Still blows my mind that he would do that. But he was a standup Brother til the end.
Prince once said it was our duty to preserve great artists such as Larry Graham and Chaka Khan. Although our emotions are all over the place now, we all have a huge task ahead. Prince gave and gave til his body gave out. He built a huge Purple house of music and memories. Now the NPG family needs to continue to bond and preserve Prince's legacy.
When I met Prince in Greenwich Village in New York City, I told him "Thanks for the music." And today I say "Thanks for the music Prince 'cuz you sounded so good to us".
Much Love Brother P