Pausing our regularly scheduled post to say two things:
REST IN PEACE, LaDONNA ADRIAN GAINES, better known as DONNA SUMMER. She passed away on May 17th at the age of 63 after a battle with lung cancer, although she herself was a non-smoker. A disco icon, she was featured here on bladyd back in September 2011. Her death is a huge blow to old school music and all those who enjoyed it. Here’s a playlist of top tracks from Donna Summer via YouTube, for your listening pleasure.
It’s been a tough few years for legendary black singers of the 1970s and 1980s, Summer’s death comes barely three months after the untimely passing of Whitney Houston. As someone who lives for these artists and this era of music, it’s almost like not only are the artists themeselves slipping away, but also, as importantly, their music from American and international consciousness. Those who grew up with this music are getting older and older, and for younger people, like me, we usually are exposed to this music either thru those older people in our lives, or just by chance. We hear a hell of a lot of sampling, but people growing up in nowadays have little understanding of the roots of the music they hear today. I’ve said this before, but this is part of the reason why I created this blog - as a means of maintaining that connection to our music history, particularly black women’s music history. This blog hasn’t really gained even a little of a following - a HUGE shoutout to the few followers I do have; you’re so appreciated - which I don’t mind. It’s here as a record, as a resource for those who want it, with my little notes scattered in between.
This is all to say that I feel Donna Summer’s loss more profoundly…it’s like losing more than just her, which is awful enough. So, again, REST IN PEACE, Donna Summer.
Secondly, on a much happier note, I wanted to take a moment to wish another bladyd, my personal idol, GRACE JONES, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! She turned 64 two days ago on May 19th, and continues to remain the oft-imitated, but irreplaceable and never bested music, fashion, and personality icon. WE LOVE YOU, GRACE! Here’s wishing her many more years!
Now, for a new post!