While this isn’t silent film-related, as a music lover and a proud Minnesotan I can’t not acknowledge the sudden passing of one of the world’s greatest music artists: Prince. Paisley Park isn’t far from my home. Little did I know, when I got up early this morning for work, that The Artist had only a couple hours left to live. I drove home past the Park this afternoon, seeing a crowd of fans and news cameras in front of the famous building. While it wasn’t purple, rain has been falling most of this gloomy day.
The above photo is from Under the Cherry Moon (1986), an unusual black and white film that’s the closest we’re going to get to seeing Prince in a silent film setting. Like countless others I grew up hearing his music. He was a legend in his own time. Here in MN we’ve always been proud to count him as “one of our own,” and we’re missing him already.