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When purple became the color of mourning

May 1, 2016 | Music


PHOTO: Mementos on the fence at Paisley Park © DMBR

I took my twins to the Twin Cities yesterday to celebrate turning 12. Since we were there, we drove by Paisley Park. We had no idea what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect what was there. Officials blocked off the turning lane. (I had to drive to the next stoplight and make a U-turn.) They posted “no parking” signs. Nearby businesses chained off their parking lots. But I still found a place to park. Hundreds of cars. Hundreds of people. Everyone in their own little world — alone or with their group — and yet together. Subdued. Quiet. Kind. Even in cars, letting someone in. Almost as if the whole thing were orchestrated. We walked along the entire length of the fence. As we made our way back to the entrance, we heard from a car making its way back out of the area the unmistakable tune and lyrics of “Little Red Corvette.” Perfect ending.

Posted by Becky @ 12:55 pm  

2 Responses to “When purple became the color of mourning”

  1. Suebob Says:

    Glad to see you back!

    Great post – thanks for taking me there with you with your words.

  2. Marie A Says:

    So glad you wrote this. I’m surprised at how much Prince’s death has affected me, even though I was certainly not a super fan. The ubiquitous presence of his music, his incredibly talent — it’s such a shame. And Little Red Corvette is one of my favorite songs.

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