After attending a Led Zeppelin concert at the LA Forum, 20-year old Susan Rogers vowed to return one day and mix sound for an amazing band. She kept her promise to herself and engineered Prince’s “Purple Rain” which notched the artist’s first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 where it resided for 122 weeks and was certified Platinum with 25 million copies sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Continue reading Susan Rogers: From Secretary to “Purple Rain” Engineer to Berklee Professor and Author
It is a sad irony that shortly after praising David Bowie’s career as being hallmarked by reinvention and visual presentation, we should lose yet another music icon who epitomizes reinvention: Prince.
I’ve heard it said that our immortal soul is the legacy we leave for others to remember us by, Prince’s gift for generations to come is that he truly lived and breathed his musical talents; never letting himself be walled in to any genre. For those who are reinventing themselves so that their lives align with their true passions, Prince’s presence within the world and within himself serves as a beacon of light for how to be true to your unique gifts and talents so that you can bring value to your own life and to the lives of others.
When will you realize the full potential of you?
Have you set a date?
Are you going after a goal?
Tomorrow may never happen. What are you doing today to realize your dreams and aspirations? You don’t want to hear yourself lament, “Say say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time.”
Prince made many stops along his reinvention road to greatness: from Little Red Corvette, one of the first videos by a black artist on MTV, to his Academy Award for Purple rain, to his creation of The Family, to Nothing Compares 2 U made famous by Sinead O’Connor, to his name and wardrobe changes and everything he created inbetween.
Practice your craft, embrace diversity, become an expert of you, improvise and make the cream rise to the top of your dreams.
“This is it
It’s time for you to go to the wire
You will hit
‘Cause you got the burnin’ desire
It’s your time (Time)
Never, ever go by the letter (Never ever)
You’re so cool (Cool)
Everything you do is success
Make the rules (Rules)
Then break them all ’cause you are the best”
(Prince and the New Power Generation)