Prince Rogers Nelson 1958 – 2016

by David Cramer Lyon

It’s been a tough day here in Minnesota. Our favorite son is gone…

I had the privledge to watch Prince record his demo tapes at Moon Sound Studios in Minneapolis. My good friend Chris Moon called me one day and said he had “the next Stevie Wonder” in his studio, and needed to borrow a guitar for him to use. I grabbed my 1964 Fender Stratocaster and headed on over to the studio. What followed was a couple weeks of watching a teenage musical genius create the songs that would become his first album. He would compose the instrument parts as he went, and never needed more than 1, or occasionally 2, takes to nail the track perfectly.

And I understood on the first day, that I was a witness to the beginning of a music legend. It was quite an honor.