The handwritten letter Prince sent a fan back in 1984: “2 busy listening 2 the grass grow”
There aren’t enough superlatives in the funk and disco vocabulary for Prince Rogers Nelson. The Purple One’s legacy is littered with dancefloor fillers like no other artist and his smoother than smooth personality made him the epitome of cool in the mid-1980s.
The singer had just released his video for ‘Purple Rain’ in 1984 when he was written a letter by a young fan named Annalisa Masters. Prince’s reply not only showed his soft side but that, confirming popular belief, he was the coolest man on the planet.
When Prince burst on to the scene in the late 1970s he did so with a pocket full of dancefloor dreams. Despite never openly aligning himself to disco, Prince’s work from this time has often been cited as a jewel in the genre’s crown, just ask Giorgio Moroder—but it was in the 1980s that Prince became a King.
It was in this decade that Prince would enact his career’s most singular and creative vision; Purple Rain. The album, song and film would define the singer’s career and leave him forever branded The Purple One. It was at this time that a young fan by the name of Annalisa Masters contacted one of the hottest artists around.
The message, judging by Prince’s reply is your usual fan mail fodder, but the singer’s reply showed he was always 2 cool for school. The handwritten message reads: “It is so nice of 2 write me. I don’t always have time 2 reply but your letters surely brighten my day.”
After Masters celebrated Prince’s video for ‘Purple Rain’, which had only been released recently, the singer suggested she keep an eye out for the feature film, which at the time of writing was only a month away from premiering: “You’re so sweet. I’m glad you’re my friend. If u dig the video, wait until u see the movie. I’m very proud of it. I hope u are 2.”
“Congratulations on making thru jr. high. I’m sure u did better than I,” continues Prince in the note, “I wasn’t much on school.” Judging by a previously shared interview from the singer, that was accurate because he was always practising music, forgetting his school work. He later said to clarify that he was “I was 2 busy listening 2 the grass grow.”
We can’t imagine what it might have been like to have received such a letter but we can guess that Annalisa may well have been the most popular kid in school for at least a little while.
You can see the handwritten letter below:
Fulls transcription below:
It is so nice of 2 write me. I don’t always have time 2 reply but your letters surely brighten my day.
You’re so sweet. I’m glad you’re my friend. If u dig the video, wait until u see the movie. I’m very proud of it. I hope u are 2.
Congratulations on making thru jr. high. I’m sure u did better than I. I wasn’t much on school. I was 2 busy listening 2 the grass grow.