Carmel music students reflect on legacy of music icon Prince

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — Fans of music icon Prince are taking a look back at his legacy and impact. His music touched fans across different generations in Indianapolis.

Prince released his first album in 1978. Many students at a music school in Carmel weren’t even born yet.

Despite the gap, students said they hope to achieve some level of his talent, whether it’s behind a microphone or holding a guitar.

You can hear the sound of music on a rainy Thursday evening inside of Studio C at the School of Rock in Carmel.

“I love it and I love being here and playing with all the students here,” said Anna Fagin, music student.

Fagin is one of many students expressing creativity through music.

“I mean, it’s just the best feeling ever,” she said. “It’s just a lot of adrenaline and just lots of creativity it’s good to exercise that.”

Fagin has been coming to the performance based school for years. She sings and plays guitar, often times looking to Prince for inspiration.

“He had a very unique genre of music, he integrated funk and hip hop and pop and rock into his music,” she said.

Fagin said her favorite songs are “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “1999,” and “Purple Rain.”

Some of the songs they have learned before and even performed on stage. Dave Lawson is one of the music teachers.

“There’s so much of his material that’s so classic and it works just as well now in 2016 than it did in the ’80s,” said Lawson. “It’s the kind of music that isn’t dated and will stand the test of time forever, also he was an incredible writer.”

Prince performed a number of shows in Indianapolis during his career. His last show was more than a decade ago. But since then, he has paved the way for other performers looking to make a statement.

“He will be remembered for decades. He constantly redefined. He had his own genre of music,” said Shann Mishra, music student. “It’s very special when people, my kids, my grandkids and generations beyond will know him.”

Mishra is 12-years-old and plays the drums. He said to him Prince is a special musician who comes once in a lifetime.

“We’re all still reeling after his death and he will be greatly missed,” he said.

Students from School of Rock in Fishers will be performing Purple Rain at their next show scheduled for May 21 at the Hard Rock Café. The show starts at 3:00 p.m.

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