It's been a while since I've blogged. I have been going through some health problems that have taken me away. Not out of the woods, but I could not stay on my blog fast any longer! When trying to decide what to write about, I was only temporarily stumped. These past several months have marked the loss of three musicians that have shaped the artist I am today. They each left an undeniable mark not only on me, but also on the people that I am surrounded by. I started loving each one at a different time in my life, and they will ALWAYS be inspirational because of their strength, conscious, vocal originality, and good old fashioned Style! I am speaking of Etta James, Adam Yauch, and Donna Summer.
|An Uncompromising Trailblazer!|
|ALWAYS rockin' a Track or Jump Suit...|
Last but certainly not least is Donna Summer. We lost her to cancer (as with Adam). How do you describe a singer who has a voice that warms a room. She was a POWER HOUSE!!! I can easily hear her now singing (Love To Love You Baby) with all the soft yet raspy intonation that grabs you instantly. I still get chills hearing her sing! She has this vibrato that sinks in and doesn't let go. It is luck for us, living in the technology age, because we can listen to her with the simple touch of a key. Raised Baptist, she was a devout Christian and had continually been given a hard time for her the sexuality that she expressed in her music. She held her head high and set an unbelievable standard. Singers who are successful today using shock value owe a debt of gratitude to her. Even though at the time, being an African Amercican, she was not looked at as being an artist expressing herself. This did not sway her. She was also a True Artist in EVERY sense of the word! And for that, I am beyond grateful that I have experienced her gift. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8TBmeK9Abg
|A TRUE GODDESS!|
Til next time,