I never was a Prince fan by any means though I know quite a few of his songs. His much too young passing though made me reflect on a memory of when I met the man in person... well sort of... and I thought I would share that time on here.
Old readers will know that I used to live and work for a period of six years up in the frozen tundra called Minnesota. I lived in a smallish town about an hours drive west of the Twin Cities so I made it there more often than I cared for one reason or another. On one such trip, I was driving back with a few of my friends in my car and I was in the slow lane of a four lane road.
A BMW convertible appeared behind me going slightly faster and as it passed us by, two of my friends almost at the same time made comments on the gold hubcaps. I on the other hand noticed the driver wearing a stocking hat in the middle of July and who had olive skin and a more than a five-o'clock shadow of a beard going on. I said in the form of a question, "isn't that Prince?"
My friends immediately affirmed that it was and said that he lived just down the road from where we were, a factoid that was new to me. At their encouragement, I sped up and was soon cruising side by side with Prince and his wife at the time in their BMW convertible. A few seconds passed but it seemed much longer, Prince looked over at us and gave a bemused smile at the four faces staring back and gave a slight wave before mashing the accelerator and leaving me behind in the dust. Perhaps a mile later, he turned off down the road that leads to his recording studio/house and that was the last time I ever saw the man.
Decades later when social media was everywhere, I heard that every so often Prince would send out a tweet saying there was a party at his house and hundreds if not thousands of strangers would show up to party with him. Had I still lived in that smallish town down the road and followed him on Twitter, I would be telling you right now about that party.
"But it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right." - Prince Rogers Nelson