Perspective on the loss of a Prince

Quite rightly, the world has gone nuts over the loss of Prince Nelson Rogers last week. Hell, I’m listening to some of his music right now, and I’ve had some insanely sad moments this weekend pondering his death, whilst also thinking about the other entertainers we’ve lost so far in 2016 (Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, David Bowie, Ronnie Corbett, Paul Daniels and many, many more).

But this stuff happens. We need a little perspective as people lament the passing of genius. No, we won’t see the like of Prince again, but that doesn’t mean that the world is a poorer place. Consider: we have a massive backlog of superb music, and we have myriad other artists past and present to listen to. It salts my spuds when I hear people wail about there being a lack of decent music nowadays. It’s the myopia of nostalgia: just look around. The media won’t deliver the good stuff to you on a plate, but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there.

And if you won’t take my word for it, read a very splendid take on all of this from another musical giant, Steve Lawson:

There’s a shit ton of music out there, way more amazing music than you could ever imagine. So please stop trying to tell me that all the good stuff is dead. Try harder.

Read more: Steve Lawson, It’s 2016 And We’re Looking For Magic In All The Wrong Places.


  1. You and Steve Lawson are quite right there is a ton of music out there. Shakespeare pegged it and Theatre is not dead :-)

    I would point to Bowie and Zappa as examples of the world being poorer for their passing. They were unique and the quality of what they produced was consistently great. I'm really grateful we had them at all. Prince, Zappa and Lemmy had the same uncompromising attitude to life and music you don't see that very often these days. John Lydon and Ginger Baker are still alive though.

    Prince was a compelling guitar player. Was he the best of his generation, as some claim? Fuck no, not by a very long chalk. Arguably the most successful guitar player award goes to Joe Satriani who I think I read (FWIW) is the most successful instrumental guitar player of all time. Is he your favourite or mine. Definitely not in my case. We might be able to agree the proposition is ridiculous though :-)

    We get carried away. It's understandable, we'll get over it.Jason Hook#

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