If you are looking for a weekend getaway, I highly recommend a visit to Chanhassen, Minn. Here, our three-generation fan group enjoyed a well-curated VIP Tour of Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate, home and sanctuary, where he created, produced and performed. I could feel Prince’s presence everywhere in his wonderful recording studios, the atrium and even walking from room to room. It created a reverent mindset. The movie “Purple Rain” remains unforgettable to me as a musical, mystical masterpiece.
Perhaps, Prince, the multitalented-musician, will someday be remembered as “The modern day Mozart.” American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer was a musical innovator who was known for his flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and wide vocal range.
After visiting the Paisley Park compound/museum, you will understand how music engulfed his life and was imbedded in his existence. We won’t forget what it was like for Prince to create, perform, party and produce inside of his private sanctuary and production complex. You are never alone as Prince artifacts are everywhere — pictures, instruments, cars, motorcycles, recordings, etc.
“Paisley Park,” a song by Prince and The Revolution, was the first single released in some international markets from their 1985 album, “Around the World in a Day.” You may feel like you are a world away for a time but remain assured, you will be glad you visited “Paisley Park” — an attraction like no other in our area. During the tour, I felt like I was a guest of Prince in a very special place. I left overwhelmed knowing and respecting the artist in many new and unexpected ways.
Sadly, the world lost the one and only “Prince” on April 21, 2016.
P.S. I suggest purchasing your tickets in advance, having your tickets with you electronically or printed and parking will be reserved for you. Be prepared to tour without camera and excess parcels. The only thing similar is Elvis Presley’s Graceland.