Monday, September 28, 2009


"Did you know that true love asks for nothing
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day
Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
And the seasons know exactly when to change
Just as kindness knows no shame
Know through all your joy and pain
That I'll be loving you always
As today I know I'm living but tomorrow
Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear
For I'll know deep in my mind
The love of me I've left behind
Cause I'll be loving you always...”

Lyrics/Song written by Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life - AS

I love this song so much and thought that I'd share it with you -

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 18, 2009

I Can Still Remember His Voice....

Today is the eighth anniversary of my father's death. He died exactly one week, to the day, after the 911 chaos that took place in New York, back in 2001. I couldn't get to him because he was in Chicago. He was such a strong man, having survived a major car accident that left him a quadriplegic from the age of 27. My Dad died from the complications related to being a quadriplegic - kidneys, liver and all major organs started shutting down.
I was told that he was one of the oldest living quads in the United States.
He and my Mother married quite young, and had 4 children. Thank goodness that my parents were very expressive and always made sure to tell every last one of us regularly that they loved us. Oh, Dad, I can still remember your voice! You used to tell me all the time that I was the light in your heart and the apple of your eye and the prettiest child you'd ever seen and that I was a lucky child that had survived so much health wise, before even knowing that I existed! I'd say, "Daddy, I'm auditioning for a Cheer Leader!"
( I was Captian of the Cheer Leaders in Jr. High and Captian of the Pep-Squad and Co-Captian of the Cheer Leaders in High School). And he said, "You'll get it because you are beautiful and can dance, Baby Doll!"
He would have a story to connect with whatever it is that we were talking about. He said, "Did I ever tell you of the time when you were about 8 months old, and your Mom and I were playing some Motown, and we had you sitting on the couch while we danced, and we looked over at you, just bopping to the beat of the song, and when we stopped dancing to watch you, you actually kept on bouncing and winked at us! I said to your Mom, "Tuffy, did she just wink at us?" and your Mom said, " Yes! She did!" and we laughed - but you kept on dancing and smiling in your little spot on the couch! Oh yes, Baby, so don't ever let anyone tell you you can't don't anything because you are big - you fat but you fine, Baby Girl! Now, do your thing!"
Yes, I'm still doing my thing...

Although you are physically no longer of this earth, I can still feel your presence in my heart.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Time to Sell Some Ghetto Heaven

Well you all, summer is ending, and this is the last holiday weekend, so get out there and do your thing! Speaking of summer, I remember the summer of 1989, when I discovered two different soulful groups that got me on my feet dancing everytime I heard them perform - via radio or in concert.

I don't know which group or song that makes me remember the summer of 1989 in London, England more memorable - Soul II Soul or The Family Stand.

It was the summer that I moved to London as a foreign exchange student, sponsored by CitiCorp, with a work permit in hand. Oh, LSE was such a nice campus to be docked at, and as a B.U.N.A.C. student, we had a blast!

I arrived during Carnivale, which is celebrated in an area called Notting Hill Gate. Some friends who live there had invited us to park our heels under their table, and we stepped just outside their gates, and watched the entire Carnivale celebration, and it was amazing!

Well, I've been searching for this song in the USA, for so long until I'd all but given up! Well, a FaceBook Friend, a DJ named Kevin Healey of Cheltinham, United Kingdom, recently found this song for me by The Family Stand.

Some of my British friends would call it a "Rare Groove". It's called Ghetto Heaven.
The lyrics go like this, "You know I love my baby. My baby loves me...I need a little Ghetto Heaven. Nana likes brandy, especially peach, she keeps it by the radio and listens to the revelry. It's 10:07, it's time to get some ghetto heaven...."

Then you hear James Brown ( The God Father of Soul) in the background grunting, and the beat is just so soulful until I just have to get up and start swaying to the beat!

Oh, the summer of '89 was truly a summer to remember. What was your favorite summer to remember? I'd love to know all about it!