- Music writer Alan Light says Prince's greatest gift was freedom
- Artist was aware of the responsibility that came with his musical talent
- "Let's be glad for what we had," says Light
Alan Light is the author of Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain. He is a former writer at Rolling Stone magazine and former Editor-in-Chief of Vibe and Spin magazines. The views expressed here are his own.
(CNN)The first time I met Prince he brought me onstage. He was leading his band through a sound check prior to a show in San Francisco, and he parked me in the wings while he strapped on a guitar and blazed through a few songs before ambling over to me.