Prince: Did He Die Knowing the Cross?

I first became a Prince fan the conventional way: by watching “Purple Rain,” an achingly sweet and moving update of the conventional movie musical formula rich with erotic longing for something better, higher, different: for true Love. It was not hard to hear the religious echoes in many of his songs — but, then, mysticism tends to take on religious language even when it lacks doctrinal form. The Prince formula was to bend the conventions — of gender in dress but towards masculine worship of what women represent to men. He claimed the liberty of the artist while at the