|Prince Rogers Nelson, June 7, 1958–April 21, 2016.|
The Loser was a senior in college when he first heard of Prince. It was 1981, and the Loser lived next door to his college radio station's program director, a man who had many milk cartons of albums and knew about all music, new and old. The Loser liked "Dirty Mind" very much. Liberating, sexy, funky dance music. The energy!
After college, the Loser moved to Minneapolis, Prince's home city, not because of Prince but it said good things about the city to the Loser. It turned out that Prince was a niche musician there and the people his age the Loser met, white like himself, were more interested in pale, blond music like—not kidding—the soundtrack to "Grease."
The Loser misses Prince already.
In other news, Joanie Laurer, who was better known as Chyna, a female wrestler, was found dead on the same day. She was 46.