I feel so blessed to have found you 42 years ago. Sitting on the floor in front of the TV watching American Bandstand, I was mesmerized. I already knew about you from hearing the comparisons to Stevie Wonder. But it was my support the underdog nature that made me obsessed with everything about you.
I thought you were so nervous during your interview with Dick Clark. I swore I saw your hand shaking when you held it up. I remember thinking, OMG, he’s so nervous. Poor thing. 😂😂
Then I took offense to Dick Clark saying that’s not the kind of music that comes from Minneapolis and how did you learn all this is Minnesota. What does that mean? 😡 What was he trying to say about your hometown?
I actually thought you clammed up because you were offended. 🤷🏾♀️ I’ll never know, but that’s what I thought.
I also remember later finding the “For You” album in my uncle’s collection. You didn’t look the same as you did on American Bandstand, and that made me even more obsessed. That and the naked photo of you on the bed surround by you and your instruments. ☺️
My family took issue with some things they heard about you, but all I could see was the music and God-given wealth of talent.
But when I heard you say that Annie Christ killed John Lennon, I was floored. I had never heard anyone but my grandmother call the antichrist, Annie Christ.
I told my grandmother and my mom what you said and my takeaway with regards to your spirituality. Then I proceeded to find any reference to that spirituality and connection to God, and share it with them and anyone who else who would listen… provided I could get past my tendency towards introversion.
But to connect with your spirit, I had to venture out and commune with the purple the family you created. I needed them, since losing my mom so young severed my connection with my biological family.
I am forever changed by all the experiences I had through you. And today I am still blessed to have that family you gave me by my side and fueling the growth of my spirit.
I’m grateful for all the Beautiful Ones you introduced me to. I cherish your memory because your words, thoughts, and ideals shaped so much of my life.
𝘐 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺. 💜💜💜
Purple family, I love you. You too are my light 🕯to brave the darkness. My fire 🔥 to conquer the cold. My water 💦 to quench all thirst and ever grounding earth 🌍 to elevate my soul.
Miss you mentor. ✨🙏🏾✨
𝘔𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝟺𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 💜☔️💜