The first reaction to learning of terminal illness or death of a cherished loved one is to deny the reality of the situation. It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the first wave of pain. http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-5-stages-of-loss-and-grief/
I’m perfectly happy with staying right here at stage 1. To acknowledge that Prince Rogers Nelson has….what everyone is saying, what his so called publicist announced, “passed away”, I would first have to admit or allow my brain to process that he was/is a mortal, mere flesh and blood and that does not make any sense whatsoever. Nope, no way…He transcends this musical world.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Prince is a capital G god but more like a little g, musical god and like the Greek mythical gods of Mount Music Olympus, they’re/he’s invincible. Now before you say these are the rantings of a crazy grief stricken fan, that I need help, I may agree, but that’s what I believe.
Prince along with his musical life partner, Michael Jackson, musically raised me…do you understand what that means?!? The complete soundtrack of MY LIFE here people!!! My whole musical childhood!! Hello!!!
MJ was my sensitive musical guardian, he gave me “Butterflies”. I remember laying in my bed nursing a broken heart while he told me over and over how I was the lady in his life. When I felt a little scared, he gave me advice on how to be “Bad”. I could go on and on and on but Prince…
Prince was “is” my realist musical guardian. He tells me like it T I iz.. He broke down this thing called Life. I may have been too young to understand but he explained the relationship between Darlin Nikki and him and I learned all about the doves and the bees.
Today, April 21, 2016, some unknown publicist, TMZ and CNN all trying to get me to believe that my musical guardian, who’s music formed and fashioned my very musical soul did something mortal and finite like “die”? Not possible.
Ok, so for what ever reason Prince needed to have this announcement made. He felt a little under the weather last week so he wanted more privacy….maybe? He’s taking a break? I don’t know but I believe he’s watching from an undisclosed location, not realizing or thinking about how painful his disappearance would be to the world and as much as he may want to show up at an unknown venue for an impromptu concert to let his fans know that he’s ok, he knows that it’s best that he transcend. That’s my story…(and I’m sticking to it like glue)
Social media feeds on a R.I.P. There is a fascination with this acronym that I will never understand. The news media goes into an instant frenzy, trying to be the first outlet to announce the R.I.P. and popping up memes and memorials so very quickly. But then, as quickly as the frenzy began, it fizzles. The media moves on to the next R.I.P. or the Kardashians.
Here it is a day later and I’m still waiting for purple clouds, rain or angels to confirm the transition of Prince. The frenzy has subsided. Social media seemed to reduce Prince’s little g status to that of grieving a simple mortal celebrity headline story. I REFUSE….
So instead Prince I will say I respect your privacy and your need to disappear. Thank you for raising me like the great musical guardian you are, you’ve done an awesome job! Adore…