The Prince Standard

princeA few reflections.  I had friends back in the day who absolutely LOVED Prince; they had purple everything.

They saw him in a club and mentioned how short he was – no love lost of course.

But, the funniest thing is that my 22-year daughter recently told me that she thought it was a woman singing “I Wanna Be Your Lover” . . . until she saw the video.  Bit of a generation gap 🙂

Nevertheless he was a musical genius who influenced several generations of music. Not only did he have a unique look, but he was also about his business.  Certainly, he didn’t bow to popular opinion on his style, nor the powers that be, when it came his music.

I never knew why he referred to himself as the artist formerly known as Prince, until I heard Attorney John Burris on Legally Speaking talk about Prince’s stance against the Warner Brothers.

Apparently, the industry controlled artists and their music by exclusive contracts.  However, it was Prince’s stance – ‘it’s my music, I created it, I produced it; I own it.’

He called himself a slave, basically because he was being puppeted by the contract he signed.

signSo to stand up against the industry and modern-day slavery, he begin to refer to himself as the artist formerly known as Prince.  Of course, that didn’t do much for his income or popularity, but it was the principal that was important – much more than the temporary dip in his income.

His stance was clearly a game changer for the industry.  Later, other artists followed suit in fully owning their music which proved to be much more lucrative than the industry standard of exclusive contracts.

Prince, iconic influencer . . . to say the least.  We bid you adieu – much respect! If you listen to the video below, at least to the host before the first song and the short interview afterwards at 6:37, you’ll catch a glimpse of his genius mindset, even at 15.

Lesson Learned: Take a stand for what you believe, no matter the opposition. 

What principal are you willing to stand up for?

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