One day during the early weeks of my pregnancy with the Beats, a song came on KEXP that I never heard before. Turning it up, I immediately recognized it was Prince singing, but the tune was a new one to me. A few days later, I downloaded the song and sent it to Grey as a gift. "Starfish and Coffee" has become a song we associate not only with the Beats, but also with the ALI community. Because you see, though not advertised, Prince was a member of this community having lost his infant son.
Many will write about Prince's musical genius. How he inspired so many and change that community. But today I'm also mourning the loss of a member of this community. One who's music reminded me to find joy even in the darkness. One who brought hope.
Rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson.