Teena Marie (March 5th,1956 – December 26th, 2010)

“Since Day One” a warmth was generated inside of my heart from the “Irons In The Fire” that were yielded from your beautifully written lyrics, so poetic were they and “365” days a year I carried your messages of love and spiritually within my soul, inspired by the gift of voice and melody you so eloquently presented to loyal listeners and lovers of romance.   Your “Square Biz” paid homage to many great writers of the past from “…Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, and Nikki Giovanni just to name a few…”.  You were wild yet peaceful and “I Need Your Lovin” echos in the corridors of my memories decades after I first heard the thumping bass on that intro, and then there was “Young Love” so haunting and deep and “Yes Indeed” I loved the storyline that told of a love that grew old.

“How Could You Resist It” billows from recollection now as I write this tribute to you lovely Lady Tee, and do I love you? “Yes Indeed”, for there is a collection of vinyl, cassettes, and now CD’s that I possess, small yet massive pieces of your musical legacy I am blessed to own and can listen to whenever that mood hits me…

“It Must Be Magic” takes me back to a time in life when I innocently believed in the possibilities of white horses and magic carpet rides, but then I was abruptly awakened when I discovered that “Revolution” is often necessary to bring awareness to wrongs in need of righting politically and economically — that’s what you told your “…bestest friend named Mickey…” that we are really living in a “sickie world”…

“We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This” was superb and sultry and two voices blended together and pulled me into that place where forbidden love was expressed with a heart-wrenching soulfulness until I gasped at the climax when you sang in unison to “…seal it with a kiss…”.

Then there was the “Alibi” that offered a glimpse inside of hurt and betrayal when you cried in anguish about the “…White lines on the table and he even drank your wine”, bu then there were the lush ballads and their ode to matters of the heart such as  “Can it Be Love”, “Now That I have You”, “Aladdin’s Lamp”, “Portuguese Love”, “Casanova Brown”, and “If I Were A Bell” — and you rang them all for us, Tee.

“Sunny Skies” were they when I opened up both the doors to my tiny two-bedroom cottage and allowed the gentle cross-breeze to flow through and add to the element of the mood created as I listened to “You Make Love Like Springtime” and “Tune in Tomorrow”.

In the summer of 2010 when I fell in love for the first time I recall “Slow Grind” and “Main Squeeze” — the way you and Lenny sang it together was genuine seductive simplicity at it’s best, and it inspired a whole lot of pillow talk for me during that brief moment in time when “Passion Play” ignited and burned brightly.

“I’m On Fire”, reflective as I reminisce about how you wailed that “Cupid Is A Real Straight Shooter”, and chanted “…coffee, tea, or me, baby, touche ole, my opening night might be a bit passe…” during “Lovergirl” and then there was the timeless classic you sang with Mr Street Songs himself, “Fire & Desire”…

all of these memorable songs and melodies and so many more are captured in time for the tomorrows not promised to all but meant for some.

You called it “Deja Vu”, deeming it as being here before — you were the white gazelle on horseback riding free, searching in the darkness for a peace to be…  and you are finally at peace sweet Lady Tee, and I will never forget you, for you truly “Hit Me Where I Live”.


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After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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8 Responses to Teena Marie (March 5th,1956 – December 26th, 2010)

  1. Joanna Davis says:

    I truly LOVE this! You are a beautiful writer! I feel the word’s you write about our Lady Tee! so moving!

  2. Julamed Walker says:

    BEAUTIFUL…..Not many words to say, except I think that the article you wrote on Teena Marie, is beautiful. I truly enjoyed it, so eloquently put…it flowed!!!!!! Thanks, Mr. Grace

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