The End of an Icon

Today I got home and started on the dishes. I hate to sit down only to get back up again, so usually I go until my mental list is checked off. Then and only then do I allow myself to collapse.

I was cleaning up the counter when Taylor yells from the other room,”MOM! Prince DIED!!!”

Prince, or technically the “Artist Formerly Known as Prince”–or did he go back to Prince…..? All confusing. Anyway, he was not a christian artist. Arch love his music growing up. Prince and Michael Jackson were his artists of choice back in the day. Arch could mimic Michael Jackson’s voice and moves (lots of fun to watch) but Prince was just a different flavor of culture and Archie liked the twist. He introduced me to the movies Under the Cherry Moon, Purple Rain, and music like When Dove’s Cry and Raspberry Beret, all by Prince.

Tonight Taylor listened to “Sometimes it Snows in April.” Her eyes were huge when she realized the best friend Prince was singing about had the name of Tracy. Archie and I both loved that song. The song has certain copywrights that now someone is staking claim to, so it’s hard to find Princes voice. The lyrics to the song, however:

“Tracy died soon after a long fought civil war,
Just after I’d wiped away his last tear
I guess he’s better off than he was before,
A whole lot better off than the fools he left here
I used to cry for Tracy because he was my only friend
Those kind of cars don’t pass you every day
I used to cry for Tracy because I wanted to see him again,
But sometimes sometimes life ain’t always the way

Sometimes it snows in April
Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
Sometimes I wish life was never ending,
And all good things, they say, never last

Springtime was always my favorite time of year,
A time for lovers holding hands in the rain
Now springtime only reminds me of Tracy’s tears
Always cry for love, never cry for pain
He used to say so strong unafraid to die
Unafraid of the death that left me hypnotized
No, staring at his picture I realized
No one could cry the way my Tracy cried

Sometimes it snows in April
Sometimes I feel so bad
Sometimes, sometimes I wish that life was never ending,
And all good things, they say, never last

I often dream of heaven and I know that Tracy’s there
I know that he has found another friend
Maybe he’s found the answer to all the April snow
Maybe one day I’ll see my Tracy again

Sometimes it snows in April
Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad
Sometimes I wish that life was never ending,
But all good things, they say, never last

All good things that say, never last
And love, it isn’t love until it’s past”

 These lyrics sound like a roll reversal and that is exactly what Taylor said. I think, “creepy” was her exact word.

As for the “Maybe one day I’ll see my Tracy again”, my heavenly Dad says: Romans 10:13″For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” There’s no doubt I will see him again.

I guess this was my thought process: how one of Archie’s early iconic artists lost his life the same year Archie found his “new beginning”.

Thought processed: Check

 

 

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