I’m firmly of the opinion that we in this country idolize celebrities far, far too much. I’ve seen a lot of that today. I’ve seen people posting that they couldn’t stop crying since they heard the news. About how much Prince had changed their lives. If this is actually true, I weep for the shallowness of their lives.
We make celebrities larger than life. We inflate their actions, their opinions, and their egos. We listen to them for advice on politics, on religion, on what food to buy, what clothes to wear, what make up to purchase. We make them gods.
To say this is a mistake is an understatement. In doing so we minimalize that which drew our attention in the first place. We ignore that which truly makes them great in favor of that which makes them entertaining. I think we too often overlook the incredible God given talent that people have.
When you think of Prince, what do you think of first? Do you think of the musician? Or do you think of the clothes and the persona and Apollonia and Vanity? Do you think of the artist or of the celebrity? Odds are, you think of “Prince”. The performer. The larger than life icon. And that’s really kind of a shame. Because Prince, beyond all of the persona and theatrics, was one of the most gifted musicians we’ve seen in a long long time.
It’s reported that Eric Clapton was once asked what it felt like to be the best guitarist in the world and he responded, “I don’t know, ask Prince.” Those five words tell me every last thing I need to know about Prince the musician.
I hope Prince the person knew Christ as his savior and is right now accompanying the Heavenly Host with some truly righteous riffs. I hope his family and friends find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
And I hope you take a few minutes to enjoy Prince the artist. (He really comes in at about 3:25)