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When Doves Cry

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posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 12:58 PM
“We don’t necessarily worry about what we call him, because when he calls us we know his voice. We know who we’re talking to.”

In the late 1990s, I was invited to attend the grand opening of a little Jazz Cafe in Kihei, Maui, that included a dinner and music by some high profile local musicians. My friend and I were seated across from George Benson and his wife. Mr Benson owned a recording studio on the island, and btw, the Bensons are devote Jehovah Witnesses. (So was Prince) (And, Micheal Jackson)

After the dinner, but before the show, we were all told that "Prince" would be joining us, but we had to temporarily leave, because he didn't want to "make an entrance". LOL PFFFFT

So, we all filed out of the building into the parking lot, where 2 black stretch limos sat with 4 huuuge body guards hovering around. My friend and I couldn't help but stare. The body guards sharply glared back at us, like we had committed some crime, and with demanding authority, told us to turn around, "Don't look!"

Prince was seated in a small balcony section, in the dark, and we were all told not to look. I did anyway, but all that anyone could see was his dark silhouette. Could be Prince, or not. He didn't perform that night.

I was never a "fan" of Prince. I liked some of his music, but was ambivalent to his rock star persona. Never really thought about or cared about Prince and his public battles, at all. But this little stunt didn't put Prince on the top of my list of "respected" celebrities, I can tell you that.

That is extent of my experience with Prince and his music. Not a huge fan, and I was a little miffed by his DIVA antics, but hey, on Maui you hear all kind of crazy celebrity stories, so...."grain of salt".

That being said, now years and years later........I'm watching TV when the story breaks of Prince's death, and the media begins to inundates us with Prince music and life stories. So, I went with it and allowed myself to be educated about the life, strife and times of the artist known as Prince.

It occurred to me, a believer of reincarnation, how much Prince was like Mozart, including his struggle for artistic control over his own music. And indeed, if you do a search, I'm not the first to make that connection.

I'm actually quite the empath, and through all this media inundation, I began to "feel" who the person Prince" actually was, and was surprised to "feel" the intensely sober and serious nature of his essence. A real control "freak" who couldn't tolerate chaos, unless he was in control of it. I could feel his passion for his art, which was his reason for living, and I was taken aback in "feeling" his deeply compassionate and painful love for humanity.

I allowed myself to study the man through humorous stories;

As well as heartfelt stories of generosity, struggles with the death of his young son, relationship issues......

But mostly, I pondered on how lucky we, this generation, were to have been given the gift of his contribution to humanity, this time, again, through his music, art and the message he left us.

Now, when certain celebrities die, I have been able to feel their release and their joy, confusion, fear, etc.. For example, when John Lennon died, I felt him explode from his body like a rocket, and fly around the planet raining down love on the entire population. It wasn't aimed at anyone in particular, just a sense of joy, freedom and unconditional love.

From Prince, however, upon his release, I felt his sense of responsibility, another job to do, and he didn't have much time. Upon his death, in my perception anyway, his spirit was allowed to disperse unconditional love, world wide, but he was aiming personally and compassionately at individuals, according to their personal emptiness. It was only a brief moment, I felt him touch me, know me from deep inside my soul and his understanding and love brought me to tears.

I was moved and inspired to play his song, "When Doves Cry", and say goodbye, Prince.

When the song was over, and I mean almost immediately, I heard a "cooing". I thought I was just imagining it. Then I heard it again, then again and again. It sounded like there was a dove "knocking" on my front door. I heard cooing about 6 times before I cautiously went to the door.

There at the door, perched on my slightly ajar screen door, was sitting a blue dove, cooing at me! Unheard of in these parts! Well, at least I've never seen or heard a dove cooing around here, at all! When I saw it, I answered its cooing with tongue clicks, and it just sat there looking me for the longest time! It actually didn't leave until I reached to close the door.

Good bye, sweet Prince. Thanks for the visit!

Take (or leave) the story of my perceptions with a "grain of salt". It's my personal experience and my meager "Tribute to to the Artist Once Known as Prince".

Feel free to add your own stories and favorite videos of his interviews and music........

edit on 25-4-2016 by windword because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 02:04 PM
a reply to: windword

Absolutely beautiful OP. I enjoyed reading every line of it and even his little purple majesty would appreciate the eulogy.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 02:26 PM
a reply to: Kandinsky

Thanks Kandy,

I didn't really think of it a eulogy, but I guess it is. I just knew I had to share my remarkable experience.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 02:33 PM
a reply to: windword

Maybe it's Spring? Whatever it is, there's been some excellent OPs lately and I count yours as one of them.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 02:46 PM
a reply to: windword

Oh geez, made me cry!!

That was just beautiful and truly a pleasure to read.
I literally got goosebumps a couple of times, and understood what you meant when you described 'feeling' him.

I wouldn't say I was a huge fan of him personally (in the past), but some of his music...?!!
Yeah...some of his music was the soundtrack to my life.
I still have "When Doves Cry" and "Little Red Corvette" on my mp3 player.

Lovely thread. S&F

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 02:55 PM
a reply to: windword

You said:

From Prince, however, upon his release, I felt his sense of responsibility, another job to do, and he didn't have much time. Upon his death, in my perception anyway, his spirit was allowed to disperse unconditional love, world wide, but he was aiming personally and compassionately at individuals, according to their personal emptiness. It was only a brief moment, I felt him touch me, know me from deep inside my soul and his understanding and love brought me to tears.

The thing is, Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe a person has a soul or a spirit.

They believe when you die, you are simply dead....nothing....unless you belong to the group in Revelation called the 144,000 members of the heavenly class. That special group gets to go to heaven and rule with Christ. But, JWs believe that most of that group have already died except for a very small number.

The remaining people in death will be resurrected after Armageddon comes and God restores the earth to a paradise. At that time, some of the dead will come back to life and dwell on the earth.

If Prince was really a JW, this is what he believed.

edit on 25-4-2016 by queenofswords because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 03:05 PM
a reply to: queenofswords

That may be their doctrine, and it may even what Prince believed. But, it turns out it isn't true.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 03:37 PM
He shaped a generation. I can remember how powerful his music was when it first came out, and I can remember what an amazing stage persona he presented at concerts. His talent was amazing, and will go down as one of the greats. Whatever things happened in his life, the personal things, should remain just that. His music will live forever.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 05:23 PM
a reply to: windword

Thank you SO much for sharing that beautiful tribute! I haven't been able to listen to his music without bursting into tears. I know I will listen - and watch Purple Rain again, even though I know it by heart... but it's just too raw for me now...

Your experience was precious! I really appreciate hearing about it.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 06:16 PM
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic

I haven't been able to listen to his music without bursting into tears.

Perhaps you'll a expereince a little comfort, sharing your feelings with his "weeping guitar". Someone said, "Prince went to heaven to retrieve that guitar."

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 08:11 PM
I was never a huge fan but I do respect him as a musician.
I had a girlfriend who was bonkers for Prince and played him all the time.
I tolerated it. The things we do for some nookie.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 08:33 PM
Oh man, that was so nice I can't even tell you. I'm so happy you decided to share that with us.

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 08:55 PM
Good Post and resembles my feelings
I was not a huge fan but loved some of his songs.
I learned about some of his control issues and oddities and then dug deeper.
He was a very private person but had a good heart from the stories I hear.
He would invite fans over for personal parties at his studio / home complex.
He also would rent out the local theater and invite friends along to watch movies together.
He was a Minnesota first as well and never left his roots behind like some stars do.

Here he is a week before he died riding his bike around Chanhassen, a suburb of the Twin Cities.

One day after being hospitalized, Prince spotted riding his bike, throwing all-night dance party

edit on 25-4-2016 by jacobe001 because: The picture is outdated actually from 2 years ago, but he was spotted riding around Byerlys Grocery Store and the Bike Trail along side Highway 5

posted on Apr, 25 2016 @ 09:24 PM
a reply to: windword

That was a fantastic read W, I find I share a similar ambivalence about his music. personally, his music style is not something I proactively choose to listen to.

Ever since I met my wife back in 93, she has always loved Prince so he has always been there in my life but - most recently 3-4 weeks ago when my wife went and saw him perform (solo) here in Perth, Western Australia. She was elated for days afterwards talking about the atmosphere he created and the cool melodies he played.

When the news broke of his death, she did not take it well so since then she (we) have been reading and watching tributes and docos about his life - like what you've done I suppose.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he was a very gifted musician in every sense of the word and I hope there are recordings he's done and left for his fans that will be released in the future.

Thanks for the OP, it's not often I read content filled with such genuinity and sincerity.

posted on Apr, 26 2016 @ 12:05 AM
Do you have the feeling that he knew what was coming? It's just a couple things that were reported about him saying one or two days before his death something about don't waste your prayers for me now. ..wait a couple days, words to that effect. Then I heard in an interview where he was asked if he was going to publish some of the many songs he had written but not released, and he said that he didn't plan on it but he was sure that someone would. There was just a surreal calmness about his persona when he spoke that seemed like he knew so much more than we, but he wasn't letting us in on it.

posted on Apr, 26 2016 @ 12:25 AM
Bravo. That was beautiful.
I have not experienced the death of a famous person affect me like Prince's death.
I literally feel heart broken.
I had the same thing happen with a Dove showing up outside my window. It was pretty neat.
But, ya, I am pretty broken up over this.
I had tickets to a Prince concert, many many years ago. I was not able to attend, I thought I would catch him in concert eventually. Now there is no chance. 😟 The world is just a little less wonderful with Prince no longer here. ❤

posted on Apr, 26 2016 @ 12:52 AM
I respect his originality and uniqueness as equal with his incredible guitar skills. I am not a devoted Prince fan but I enjoy a lot of his music. It is always sad when the world loses an irreplaceable talent like Prince. To be honest most times I am indifferent when a famous person dies because it doesn't change my life a bit. When Prince died the Earth lost a one-of-a-kind musical genius and is a less-amazing place now.

It is sad to hear the battles with anxiety he faced to be the person he was. One thing I wont forget about him is that he overcame the anxiety enough to be able to show the world what he had in him. I hope he didn't feel compelled to the point of needing drugs to appease the fans but the rumors are beginning to say that is at least part of the story. Thanks and RIP sweet Prince, the music will live on forever.

posted on Apr, 26 2016 @ 01:06 AM
a reply to: hebegbes

Do you have the feeling that he knew what was coming?

If you're asking me, in my experience, his energy carried no sense of victimization or sacrifice, no unfinished business or sorrow. But, neither did John Lennon when I felt his "release", and we know he was murdered

I have experienced some peoples' death, empathetically, where their death was so sudden, terrifying and painful, that they needed assistance/spiritual witnesses to hold their hands to get through it, experience the ordeal of their death with them, for them. My experience with the (collective) release of Prince was nothing like that.

posted on Apr, 26 2016 @ 01:09 PM
Well. I really meant to ask if you belueve he knew he was going to die soon based on those statements.
a reply to: windword

posted on Apr, 26 2016 @ 02:27 PM
a reply to: hebegbes

Based on his statements, I think he knew he could die soon.

Deep down, I think we all perceive our approaching deaths. I certainly think that Prince was aware that, in his position, he could be targeted, as an example. I think he felt somehow protected through his "church", though. So, I'm not certain he "knew" his death was immediately imminent.

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