Shaina Evoniuk's Prince Tribute / by Adam Theis

Well, its been almost a week since his highness became a star in the sky, and Im still having the most difficult time making sense of it. I swear Ive never before mourned the loss of somebody I never even met so heavily. I think I have cried - surprising even myself - every day since last Thursday. Partly out of shock; I was lucky enough to have seen Prince perform in Oakland twice in one week just over a month ago (it looks like those were his 4th and 5th last performances ever). The man was so full of life it was unbelievable. I was moved and inspired beyond imagine. I could barely sleep for a few days I was just vibrating from the experience. I couldn't believe he was in his 50's, as his vocal & instrumental performances were top top notch; how he's squealed and screamed like that for 30+ years Ill never know! Oh yeah, and both shows that week were just him and his piano and were totally different. Unbelievable. Man, HE STILL HAD IT AND IT DIDNT SEEM LIKE IT WAS GOING ANYWHERE.

Prince was truly a revolutionary, in every sense of the word. I've always known his contributions to the world were huge, but it wasn't until his passing that I found out how many friends of mine continued playing, or were inspired to play because of him. My musical community probably wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him. I wish I wish I wish he was still here but his legacy lives forever. That man must have lived 400 years in his mere 57. We have 40+ albums of his music to enjoy forever... maybe more if any of the massive amount of his guarded unreleased music escapes Paisley Park(!).


After having my favorite Prince song "Sometimes It Snows In April" running through my dreams all night long (literally), and all day long (I'd wake up with it stuck in my head, and go to sleep with it still there) for the 3 nights following his passing.... Well, I knew what I had to do. Please enjoy my own personal tribute to one of my all time Heros and a man who changed music and the world forever. He will live on through his music, no doubt. What a mark he left. Thank you Prince. Sometimes there are no words. Thank god for music.