April 21, 2016, 5:36 p.m.
Those of you who have been in the WBAR studio know how much we love Prince. We were deeply saddened to hear of his passing today. Here is a reflection on his legendary career by WBAR alum, Miguel Gallego: If there were a way of measuring talent per mass, Prince, being short, would probably be among the most dense-with-talent people to have danced the Earth. He was so singular in his vision and so unrelenting in the pursuit of his art—even at the expense of his relationship with others. His musical breadth was enormous. He never cared about boundaries. On the onset of the MTV era, artists like him and Michael Jackson helped bust through the unspoken racial discrimination in their programming. He was omnivorous in his eclecticism—he combined R&B with new wave and punk with funk like it was nothing. It didn’t matter to him whether or not he made sense to anybody else. He could be vulnerable and heartbreaking one moment and a kinky little freak the next. He could be brashly political and then slapstick funny on the following track. Prince seemed to locate the heart of resistance to the oppressiveness of living in the world we do through being illegible. It’s from the incommensurable—the ineffable—that the divine springs. On “I Would Die 4 U,” he declares himself a messiah, a dove, conscious, and love itself. Not a woman, not a man—something that you’ll never understand.