Sunday, June 3, 2012

Memories of The Great Ones....

Hello Luvs,

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!
I can still remember as if it were yesterday when I saw Etta James perform at Irvine Meadows in Southern California. I had known her music from when I was young and was reintroduced to her when I was in a band. The lead guitar player was such a fan that to hear her speak of Etta would ignite a fire in all who listened. For her performance, Miss James was decked out in all gold! Oh boy was she a sight to see. Then she opened her mouth to sing, and it was as if the heavens opened and Pure Light spread across the venue. She was a trailblazer in her own right, and she had a take no prisoners style that set the standard for all the future singers that followed her example. She has an interesting bio, and I encourage you to really listen and learn about this dynamo! She will be missed, but it makes my heart happy that I can always listen to her musical legacy that she left behind.

ALWAYS rockin' a Track or Jump Suit...
Next is Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. What can I say about a man that was not only part of a trio that set their own path but still managed to stay true to themselves. The first song I heard of theirs was "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)! I was blown away by their CRAZY COOL way of expressing themselves. They had this contagious energy that even my siblings found wonderful! At a young age, my children were exposed to their music and instantly recognize when one of their songs comes on the radio. They get a kick out of their silly videos and the wacky approach to the visual of music that they have. I was lucky enough to see them play in San Francisco. It was at the very start of the concerts that would benefit the Tibetan Monks. The feeling of JOY and awe at what they were trying to do was not lost on me, and I will ALWAYS admire (his) their need to do good. He was a bright example of a musician who used his celebrity to make a difference. His life spawned what I see as a True Legacy.

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.

Please make sure to check out the links throughout the blog (courtesy of YouTube!) and photos (via Google images) to experience their music for yourself. I would love it if you would follow me on twitter @katsmeoww11 and/or like me on Facebook @ 

 Til next time,



  1. I agree on all counts... so good of you to hold them all up for us to remember.

    Big hugs to all and especially you!


    1. Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate the support. All three of these musicians had a profound effect on me. I know that I am not the only one that can remember exactly where we were when we first heard their music. I am happy to share a little of what they mean to me.
      I also appreciate the kindness that you have always extended to me!
      You are a treasure!