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The Entrepreneurial Musician Blog by Andrew Hitz featuring articles on being an entrepreneur in the music business. Show notes for The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast.

RIP To Prince, A Brilliant Artist And Entrepreneur

Andrew Hitz

I posted this on Facebook earlier today but thought it was appropriate to post it here as well:

Sad day as the world lost a true pioneer on so many fronts. Performer, composer, entrepreneur, artist and brilliant marketer, Prince was the real deal.

He wrote, sang, produced, arranged, composed & played all 27 instruments on his first album, "For You". AT THE AGE OF 19!

Before "Sign of the Times" came out, he ran a full page ad in the Minneapolis Star Tribune with just the lyrics to the title track. Nothing else. Brilliant.

I could easily do an entire TEM episode on Prince. He was a true genius as a musical entrepreneur.

And that's to say nothing of his writing (even songs made famous by other artists like "Nothing Compares To You"). His songs transcended genre and touched everyone. When Phish opened their 12/31/98 show at Madison Square Garden with "1999" the roar of the crowd after the "Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999" line momentarily drowned out the band. The screams were deafening. I get goosebumps on command when thinking about it close to 20 years ago.

And oh by the way his voice was phenomenal and he was one of greatest guitar players to ever live. Can you imagine doing all of those things that well? I can't.

Today is a very sad day for the world but I'm pretty sure he'd rather we all crank "Let's Go Crazy" than spend too long mourning his death so that's exactly what I'm doing. RIP, Prince. There will never be another.