My Jams ’84

 

Me and San 84
Me (L) and San in Chemistry Lab

My Jams posts always contain a whole lot of Black U.S. Southern Vernacular, coarse language, sexual references and adult situations.  Oh, and they are always long as hell so if you don’t feel like reading you might wanna press on!  But you’ll miss some fun if you do!  Read at your own risk! 

Today, I get my chance to show what I can do! Can you believe it?  I’m a varsity cheerleader at the biggest school in the city and we are about to perform for the first pep rally of the school year.  By the way, this is also my very first performance on the varsity squad.  No more cheering from the sidelines like I had to do when I was junior varsity.

Right now, I am standing in line beside the bleachers waiting for the band to cue us to run to the center of the gym and cheer to our school fight song.

While I wait for the cue, I can’t help noticing how funny acting people can be.  Some folks don’t speak to me anymore.  But I also got folks walking up and speaking to me that NEVER spoke to me before; now, all of a sudden, they want to be my friend.

Honestly, I really want to say to the ones who stopped speaking, “You ain’t gotta speak cause you mad!”  And to the ones that never spoke to me before—but are speaking to me now, I want to say, “Don’t speak to me now if you didn’t have time to speak to me before.”

But I don’t say any of that, I just politely smile and keep moving.

Anyway, I feel so nervous and excited! I can’t wait for my chance to finally move from the sidelines to center stage.  Oh yeah, we’re gonna perform “Turn it on”–which the crowd loves! We’re also gonna hit them with a new one today.  You see, we’re gonna do a cheer with a collapsing mount called “Dynamite.”

You just wait until they see that!

Sorry for switching subjects but I wonder if my Grandma is watching me from Heaven?  I really hope so because she once made a cheerleading outfit for me when I was a little girl.  She was probably thinking that I’d be a good cheerleader since I always had such a big mouth!  You probably remember that she died in March just one year after my Uncle Willie passed.

Hmmm….I wonder what she would think if she could see me now?  I just miss her so much!

Uh oh! The band’s brass section just started playing the opening notes to the fight song!

That’s my cue!

I’ll see y’all later—-I gotta GO!

This one is for you Grandma!  I love you!

Rest in Peace.

“On on ARC! We are right for the fight you see!  Hold that ball and hit that line.  Every Musketeer will shine…”

🙂 🙂 🙂

You go ‘head on Lil Lady G!  You had a vision and you made it happen!  Chile, can’t nobody stop you if you’re prepared and you’re willing to dream!

Oh but you know I gotta go back and address some shit before I get to these jams.

First off, it is never cute to treat people according to their ‘status.’  Check this out, if you don’t f*ck with somebody when they’re down—don’t EVEN try to start f*cking with them when they come up!  People can see through that!  Just dammit stop it! And yes, I meant to say it just like that! Just dammit stop it!

Which brings me to my second, and most curious point.  Don’t hate!

Ok, let me supplement this by informing you that Lady G subscribes to rapper Trick Daddy’s philosophy on haters.  And what is that pray tell?  Well in an interview, someone once asked Trick Daddy to define a hater.  Allow me to paraphrase Mr. Daddy’s response:

Look at it like this, if I drive up to the club in the baddest ride and I walk in dressed to the nines with two bad chicks on each arm and you don’t say nothing–You are a hater! I mean, how could you NOT notice that?

YAAASSSSS!  By that definition, there are PLENTY of haters out there!

Oh no….Please don’t do that!

Ain’t nobody saying that you need to fawn all over a person, but if given the chance, give some kind of positive acknowledgement when you see somebody on the come up. Stop being a gotdamn crab!

Now that we got that out of the way!

How you doin’ in the year 1984?  Chile, my friend Roger from the UK, reminded me to read 1984 -the book.  Baby, George Orwell was trying to sprinkle you cats with a little knowledge.  Ya girl has been an Orwell fan since she read Animal Farm.

Bump what you heard, Lady G is quite well read!

Ok are you ready to get into these jams?

Let’s go!

My Jams ‘84

Careless Whisper by Wham

Ok so y’all need to stop talking so damn much!  Just kidding.  Honey George’nem brought us this gem from the UK!  Mama used to love “Everything she wants.”

“I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm.”

Cheating is bad but payback is a real bitch!

When Doves Cry by Prince

Yessir, Prince decided to switch that thang up a little bit and sing in his lower register.  That joker had a helluva range-you hear me?

“Dig if you will the picture of you and I engaged in a kiss…”

Oh hell yeah!

The Glamorous Life by Sheila E

Yaasss baby them Latina Chicas know how to get off!  Honey that Queen Diva tore them drums up then she kicked the damn cymbals—-Now what!!!

“She wants to lead the glamorous life…without love it ain’t much!”

A sista came to slay!

Sugar Walls by Sheena Easton

Baby Prince done turned that white girl out!  She used to talk about her baby taking the morning train.  Now she talking about sugar walls!  But what does that mean?

“Come spend the night inside my sugar walls”

OK, I see!

Farewell My Summer Love by Michael Jackson–Re-released

Y’all somebody went back and dug up one of Mike’s old jams and either re-released or released it for the first time.

I loved it because that year I had a little summer love with a dude down in ‘Bama.

Ask cousins Liz and Jennifer; they know who it was!

If Only You Knew by Patti LaBelle

Now, this is how a ballad is supposed to be sung.  Honey, Queen Diva Patti set this shit right here on FIRE!

“I said you don’t know how much I need you…”

YAAASSS!

DEAD to DEATH!

You Me and He by Mtume

Aw shit, here we go with another one of them damn triangulations!

Folks need to stop that nonsense. Lady G don’t know nothing about that kinda stuff 😉

What is we gon’ do?

“I don’t wanna let you go, no, no, no, no!”

I wanna know what love is by Foreigner

Ok so when I saw the video for this one I was CONVINCED!

I loved this jam!  But who doesn’t?

Tears by The Force MD’s

What?  Ain’t these some rappers?  Don’t rapper supposed to rap?

Whaaaa?  They can sing!

I just be damned!

“Tears, tears, another heart knows my pain.”

TC?  Yessir!

Mr. Groove by One Way

Chile this one makes me think about my cousins Bruce and Rasul (Squirt) walking around Dale Road with a boom box!  Them two jokers were NOT to be fucked with.  Bruce wore a chain–bitch I don’t mean gold chain–I mean a real chain!  Mess with him if you want to.

Squirt came from Chicago and his daddy, Bobby, was so bad he could walk in any gang territory and get much respeckkkk!  Even the gangstas didn’t f*ck with Uncle Bobby!

Now what does that tell you?

Shackles by RJ’s Latest Arrival

“Shackles on my feet”

YAAASSSS!

Off and on Love by Champaign

Baby, I guanran-damn-tee you forgot this jam!  If you didn’t you NEED to holler at me in comments.  I love the scatting at the end–kinda made me think about Scotti and Walter’nem from the Whispers.

Love need and want you by Patti LaBelle

Aw shit now!!!!!

That Queen Diva DID that with this jam!

“And I just want you to know….how I feeeeel…how I feeeeel…oh I…”

My son and I have a running joke about that line related to Big Boi’s sample of it a few years back.

“I love and need and want you baby!” Repeat ad infinitum!

Hard Times by Run DMC

Baby, that beat was banging!

“Hard times spreadin’ just like the flu, watch out homeboy, don’t let it get you….”

Y’all don’t know nothin’ ‘bout that!

Hey DJ by The World’s Famous Supreme Team

“Hey DJ just play that song, keep me dancin’ all night..”

Baby, all the DJ’s was digging on this jam.  Back then, if you were new and you really wanted to get your stuff played, all you needed to do was mention the DJ.

Hell it still works these days, ask that pretty little island girl Ree Ree.

Note:  Lady G cannot be bothered to google the proper spelling of her actual name—Again, I’ll let you do that.

Sex Shooter by Apollonia 6

Oh hell yeah! This was the jam.  But, oh hell naw, she couldn’t sing!

“Sex shooter, shooting love in your direction.”

These chicks were eye candy for the fellas!  Prince wasn’t no dummy.

Honey when Vanity left, Prince went right out and got him another one just like her!

Lessons learned:

Don’t get shit twisted, you can always be replaced!

Don’t f*ck with The Purple One. Period! And the Dot.

C.O.D (I’ll deliver) by Mtume

“I deliver, C.O.D.”

YAAASSS!

Please don’t ever try to question the credentials of James Mtume!  He is the truth!  You can believe that!

“Just call my name, in a hurry, it’s not the same without you…”

I simply CANNOT!

Take a chance by Nuance

Picture it, Sicily….No I’m just bullshitting you 🙂

Picture it, 1984, A high school football game in the South with two bands, Laney and Josey, competing to see who gon’ blow who out to this jam! Competition is hot!

But Laney won that one!

YAAAASSSS!

Don’t worry Josey, you will live to fight, and win, another day 😉

Weekend Girl by S.O.S Band

I can imagine my girl Chevvy telling some begging dude back in 1984, “I’m a weekend girl, and I don’t have time on the weekdays!”

Okaaaay!

You better tell him girl!

We need some money by Chuck Brown

Chuck was on that real, real, real….Reaganomics and that trickle down theory was some bullshit–money was tight as hell in 1984!

But the party went on!

Come on T. and G. Let’s get up on this go-go!

“Master card, Visa, American Express, I ain’t got nothing ‘gainst no credit cards but the cash is the best!”

Yessir, Mr. Brown was the originator!  You better ask somebody from the DMV! I told y’all before that Lady G got mad love for my folks in the D.C., Maryland, VA area!

Chic cheer by Chic (1984 remix)

Yeah you know this one!  Nile on that guitar with Bernard echoing him on bass!

YAAASSS!

No Parking On The Dance Floor by Midnight Star-1983-but I had to say something in 1984

Baby Midnight Star made Lady G sweat all her damn perm out dancing!

Boy when I got off the dance floor my eyeliner and mascara had done run all down my face.

A bitch was looking like a gotdamn fool!

But that’s okay!  I had a good ass time!

“Moving violations are easy to fix just tell the DJ to fix it in the mix!”

You Turn Me On by Rick James

Yaaasss!  Rick doing what he does best on this jam!’

Runaway Love by Linda Clifford (Correction- released in 1978 but we gonna jam it in ’84 ’cause that’s when it came to me)

Ladies, when you’ve had enough and it is time for that joker to go, put this jam on and tell his ass to kick rocks!

Honey, the music here is tight but please do not skip out on Queen Diva Linda’s monologue about that low down ass joker right there!

But before she goes into that, I love to hear her sing:

So stop messin’ with my heart

If you don’t mean it

And stop messin’ with my love

If you don’t care

Don’t come in here

Talking bout love

And you know

You’re using me baby

Cause I ain’t got no

Heartaches to spare

Alright now!!!!!

Secret fantasy by Tom Browne Ft. Siedah Garrett

In this one Siedah, at the beginning of the song,  seems to be saying  “Talk to me quick!” but I got no idea if that’s right.

Either way, that was my dear Oscar’s favorite part.

Ok, so let me explain the whole Oscar thing.  You see, my cousin Jen-Jen and I used to make homemade tapes together.  For some reason we started referring to all of our tapes as “Sid and Oscar Productions.

[Legal machinations will not allow me to reveal which one of us was Sid and which one of us was Oscar. Please don’t try referring back to my previous sentences because y’all already know I love to refer to myself in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person–YAAASSSS!]

Back to business…

First of all, Siedah was the business.  She wrote or co-wrote MJ’s “Man in the Mirror.”  So you know she made some serious coinage.  But, aside from that, she could blow!  She was often asked to sing back-up/session for more well known acts.

I’m not sure why she never went much further than that–maybe she opted not to.  One thing is for sure, it damn shole wasn’t because  of her voice or her looks.  That Queen Diva was gorgeous and, as I said, she could sing!  I just can’t call it!

As for this jam, baby it’s a killer!  Honey, if you were to put this one on at a dance in 1984-85, the fellas would be trying to ask you to slow dance.  Chile the ladies would quickly respond, “Naw, this is fast enough for us to dance separately.”

Yessir!!!!

I advise you to go check it out if you don’t remember it.

When I hear music by Debbie Deb

This jam right here and “Take a chance” can always take me right back to the 1980’s

Goodtimes!

Hanging downtown by Cameo

Chile Larry Blackmon got back on my good side with this monster.  Here, he is giving me chill, he is giving me vibe, he is giving me ever-y-thing I need on this jam.

“I’ll be hanging downtown, kind of waiting, maybe I’ll try meditating….Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…”

Chile that joker even gave me some brass action.

Peep the sax!  Oh yes!

Larry, you alright with me!

Make me a Believer by Luther  Vandross

Nope, I simply CANNOT

DEAD!

You just can’t f*ck with this shit right here!

Feel the need by Anita Baker

Now y’all know I wasn’t gonna leave 1984 without giving you some nasty bass!

Well here it is…from Queen Diva Anita and Lady G to YOU!

Out on a limb by Teena Marie

Sid and Oscar Productions

Side A

Track 1

YAAAASSSS!

Dear Lover by Teena Marie

Sid and Oscar Productions

Side A

Track 2

Again, I say, YAAAAASSSSSSS!

Y’all already know how I feel about Lady T !!!

 

Here I usually list songs that Mama liked but I guess by now you know that Ms Girl had done jumped ship and started going back in time listening to her old jams! That said,  I’ll just list some more ‘84 jams along with hip hop party jams.

More ‘84 Jams 

Like a Virgin by Madonna

I feel for you by Chaka Khan

Somebody’s watching me by Rockwell:  Yaaassss MJ is rocking that chorus!

Out of touch by Hall & Oates

Breaking /No stopping us Ollie and Jerry:  Yaaasss Ozone! Turbo!

Method of Modern Love by Hall & Oates

Solid by Ashford and Simpson

Miss me blind by Culture Club

Somebody else’s guy by Jocelyn Brown

Centipede by Rebbie Jackson

Change of heart by Change

She’s Strange by Cameo

Encore by Cheryl Lynn

Feel so real by Patrice Rushen

Jam On It by Newcleus

Lovelite by O’Bryan

Body Talk by The Deele

Show me by Glenn Jones

Baby don’t break your baby’s heart by Kashif

Perfect combination by Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill

Plane Love by Jeffrey Osborne

Joy Stick by Dazz Band

It’s a miracle by Culture Club

More more more by Atlantic Starr

Fo fi Fo Pieces of a Dream

Love me in a special way by DeBarge

Swoop I’m Yours The Dazz Band

No One’s Gonna Love You SOS Band

Pretty Mess by Vanity

Lollipop Love by Bryan Loren

30 Days by Run DMC

What people do for money Divine sounds

Tenderoni by Leon Haywood

Prime time by Mtume

Just my luck by The Deele

Fragile by Cherrelle

I wanted your love by Luther Vandross

Intimate Connection by Kleeer

Don’t stop by One way

Hip Hop Party Jams

Computer age push the button by Newcleus:  YAAAASSS, this one is for Rodricka “The Freak!” Class of 1988

Fix-It in the mix by Pretty Tony

Egypt, Egypt by Egyptian Love

Well, it’s a wrap! I love you 1984, but it’s time to leave you in the midst of years gone by!

Y’all join me for the afterparty in comments!  It goes on for days!  It can’t stop, cause it won’t stop!  Let’s share memories of ’84!  Don’t forget to tell me your likes and dislikes from my list.  Were there any surprises on my list?  Tell me about the ones that I didn’t list. Remember my list is not in any order nor is it exhaustive 🙂

Let’s get it!

 

54 thoughts on “My Jams ’84

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  2. Queen Bee

    I’m too young to know many of the songs, as I was still in nappies then, but your personality is AWESOME, so it’s an entertaining read *by itself*. Lovin your writing LadyG 😉

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    1. Thank you so much Queen Bee! I am glad that you enjoyed it. I actually write this for two purpose: 1) As a nostalgic visit back in time for some and 2) As an introduction to old music for my younger readers.
      So either way you are in the right place! LOL. Thanks again for the kind words!

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  3. HI there Gwin.
    That was an ‘electric’ ride through times & places I barely knew about, so very vivid too. Only about 1 in 10 of those tracks were familiar to me; at the time we had three children, ill-health and Reagan’s adopted sister Maggy Thatch making life miserable for half of the country, I was living on a steady diet of anger & grim hate for the other half, so music didn’t figure much in my life, but your bright vibrant descriptions has set me thinking about maybe doing some musical history digging.
    Thanks for the mention.
    (Musically I had the 60s…..and then caught up again in the 90s and onwards)
    And thanks for the trip into your past.

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    1. Thank you Roger! “Reagan’s adopted sister Maggy Thatch…” That is hilarious! You know, quite a few folks here have turned Ronnie into a demigod; like he spawned right out of the West realm of heaven. I have found that those that give him that status are either very conservatives or kids who did NOT live through those times. The ’80’s sounded like fun in retrospect but those were not good times economically for working class families like mine.
      I am so glad that I got you thinking about music. I was telling one of the other bloggers about how therapeutic these posts are for me. They really make me have to revisit people, places and circumstances that I had left behind.
      By the way, I got word about the Brexit–Please feel free to vent here if you’d like. It’s a safe zone.

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      1. Hi Gwin.
        Yeh, when Baroness Thatcher was called away, the country had an enforced state of mourning….though many from hard hit areas opened up bottles they had been saving for the day, while someone released ‘Ding-Dong The Witch is Dead’ from Wizard of Oz and it went up the UK charts like a rocket. There is now the Cult of Maragret (There is also The Cult of Not In My Name You Don’t!!!).
        I guess music kept folk going.
        I agree blogging is great for getting out to meet new folks and getting things ‘out there’ you might feel uncertain about doing face-to-face. WordPress is so open and generous too. Not like the toxic realms of ‘Social Media’
        Oh yeh…’that’. Part One of a Series of Two Blogs is up and running…..
        Take care Gwin….too many folk aren’t thinking straight these days

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        1. This is,by far, the funniest thing that I have read in a long time. “Baroness Thatcher”… “…up the UK charts like a rocket.” You have no idea! I am hollering right now. I got people in my house asking me if I’m OK!
          Roger, you take care too.
          I look forward to talking with you again very soon 🙂

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        2. Hi Gwin…No kiddin’ she was actually given that title, she was a bona-fida ocean-going baroness…Talk about irony! When the woman was alive that’ what my wife used to call her, in very disapproving tones…’The Baroness’, she used to say in a very dismissive way

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  4. Hey Lady G – I’ve been looking out for you because as you know by now, I don’t like getting left out of the camp fire gossip. You know in later years, when we get there, I took up hiking as a sport where a bunch of us would hike into the wilderness for a number of days at a time. Will tell you more about that when the time comes but I mention it because it’s the reason I keep referring to camp fires. At the end of each day we’d build a campfire and tell stories and connect in ways one wouldn’t do ordinarily.

    Now to your jams – you’ll have to forgive me – I’m a year older than I was last week 😀 so some of us have to think back a bit further than others in recollecting 1984. Funny thing is that that I remember older jams better than later ones – maybe it’s just the classic nature of the older songs. But from your list, Luther was the man and Careless Whispers great for a slow dance. Couldn’t agree more on Patti Labelle and Anita Baker. Btw – all of the Wham songs would bring the house down in the clubs.

    Yeah on the SOS song, I’d be saying exactly that but not for the reasons you think. See in 1984, I had to work in the rural areas. This meant that I would be like a travelling salesman, leaving my home for the week and travelling along the coast and then into remote towns where there “aint nothing going on but the rent” as Gwen Guthrie would say. See in the city you have “higher grade problems” like murder,drug abuse,marriage problems,adoptions, custody battles” In remote areas its joblessness, poverty and many were burying their sorrows in the bottle. But it was an adventure nevertheless for me – I was still very young then. When I got bored driving those long roads, I’d pick someone to have a car race with (the company car not my beetle

    My friends back home were all into the smoking thing and I wasn’t. Decided one day to buy a pack of cigarettes and smoked one after the other on one of my trips. And that was the end of that – in later years, i tried out a cigar or two, but the smoking bug never got me.

    Then I remember a day driving on a wet dirt road and getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. Some municipal workers eventually showed up (no cell phones those days and even if there were who was I gonna call – Ray Parker’s ghost busters? 😀 Anyway, these municipal workers had to physically lift my car out of the puddle. Again- years later I would look back and marvel at how I took things for granted because many people were killed in that area through political battles a few years later.

    Then another funny episode. I used to live in little hotels along the way. Now remember, I was a young defenceless woman. Anyway, I stopped for the night at this little family hotel and apart from the owner and his two sons, I think I was the only guest. I thought one of the sons was kinda cute but it was the father who took an interest in me and came knocking at my door late at night. Girl, I refused to respond to him knocking on my door and don’t think I slept a wink since as the owner, he could have opened that door himself. Of course, I never stayed there again.

    I saw the conversation on release dates. I guess in 1984, I wasn’t paying attention to that. My “cassettes” on the road were playing Teddy Pendergrass, Stylistics, Ojays, Luther, Blue Magic. For some reason the Ojays song “I just can’t stand the pain” sticks out for me.

    Finally, you sound like you were having fun in your Cheer leading days and do you realise girlfriend that you are still cheer leading – you done won some fans here Ms Cheerleader 😉

    So here’s my one for the road:

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    1. Chevvy girl!
      I think I am going to start calling you the Teflon Dame! I mean, you have been in some really dicey ass situations. Clearly there are angels surrounding you girl. I mean, a stalking hotel owner and lost in remote terrain? One thing is for sure, you are one brave soul and I mean that with everything I got.
      I laughed that you were a weekend girl due to your travels. In either case, I knew that the brothers were all over you in those days. Looking at that light honey skin tone of yours, how could they not?
      Racing? Chevvy! Brave, bold, courageous…all words to define you. I have come to look forward to reading your recollections of the year that was. Your daughters really have to be proud to have such an atypical and cool ass mom!
      You know, I probably already told you this, but one of the reasons that I created this blog was to have a place where my children can look back and see my life in my own words. Of course, I think that some things must be reserved but I want them to always know what I thought about pretty much anything. This is important because when a person dies, there is usually no record of all of the things that they thought–unless they kept a detailed diary but most folks have gotten out of the habit of doing that.
      No doubt your children will look back at your blog and ‘see’ the things that you saw via photos, poetry and short stories. That said, I pray that our ‘works’ will remain for years to come.
      I only wish that my mom had left something like this so that I could go and ‘be with her’ from time to time. That’s one of the reasons why I talk about her so much–trying to remember everything I can about her before time and age make me forget.
      I can’t tell you enough how happy that you are here. And, again, thanks for labeling this thing a campfire–it absolutely fits!

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      1. I’m not sure about brave – maybe trusting, naive and a little stupid were part of the mix. But I do think I also have had the angels watching over me.

        Needless to stay, I can’t complain about not having had an interesting life. My 14 year old was encouraging me to write it all down in a book even if only for myself and I think I should.
        I understand what you mean about keeping memories alive for your children. I don’t have photographs of myself below the age of 8 so I made it a mission to give my children a different experience. Before blogging, I used to compile scrapbooks. It was also a great hobby for stress relief but I have heaps of beautiful scrapbooks tracing their lives,holidays etc and I’ve written letters to each of them to pore over one day.
        Funny when I think about it but it is probably the lack of photographs that encouraged my love of photography.

        A friend of mine did a recorded interview with her mother about all kinds of things and through this she got to understand so many things in their relationship. It’s something I wish I could have done before my mother passed on.
        But I guess that’s what makes your jams so important. They are triggers to so much in our lives.

        On another note, I’ve been listening to the unfolding events in the UK and its ripple effects. Makes me think of how much need there is for us all to be talking to each other as ordinary citizens and not just relying on politicians. I think we could cut to the chase in learning how much we have in common as human beings regardless of our geographies, ethnicities etc.
        Anyway, it’s good to catch up as usual! ❤️❤️

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        1. Well I was kinda thinking there was some naivete going on there but that is par for the course at that age.
          I wish that I had been smart enough to start a scrap book for my babies. Like you said, I don’t have too many pictures of me as a baby but I have zillions of my children for the same reasons that you gave. My problem is that most of these pics are held captive by a computer hard drive or thumb drive. I never moved them into the real world. But I think that you have inspired me to develop them and create a nice scrapbook. Any online resources that you would suggest?
          I recorded my dad for 30 minutes, he had not a clue, but like my mom, if he had known, he would have stopped talking.
          I have a brief iPhone video of Mama talking but that’s only because she thought I was looking at my phone. LOL. I miss her all the time!
          On to your note about the whole Brexit thing. Blogger Roger (Woebegonebuthopeful) don’t you love that name? schooled me on this whole thing from his perspective-which I thought was quite informative. But to your point, it will have a ripple effect and most folks in the US couldn’t care less—at least not until they see how it affects them.
          You are right, us talking as citizens one to one is so much better than politicians doing the talking.
          And yes, it is always good to to chat with you. I have come to need my Chevvy time! LOL!!!

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        2. It’s lovely to visit here Gwin. On the scrapbook idea. I eventually gave it up because it was time consuming though I loved all the cutting and designing of pages. The Macbook allows you to put you pictures together in different themes with music etc so that’s how I’ve stored and organised mine electronically. But for hardcopy, I would suggest that you do Photobooks. I’ve done books for two very special people and they both loved them. The Mac has a photobook option but I also bought a photobook disc very inexpensively at our local photography shop. It’s very easy to design and add text if you wish and in our case I’ve handed the disc of my book to the local photography store and within a few days, you get a beautiful bound photobook according to your specifications. I wish I could show you but try looking online.
          Also if you check out your photo section of the Mac, it gives you the option to create a slideshow or photo book.

          Yeah – I am glued to the TV watching everyone trying to understand the ramifications of the referendum. Very interesting listening to different perspectives from the older generation vis a vis the young people – each with different concerns about their future. Enjoy the rest of your day my dear and let me know if the photobook option can work for you.💞

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  5. I enjoyed watching the cheerleaders, when I was in high school. I had crushes on a couple from my dad’s school. I remember one named Joanne. She was only a year older than me, but, at that time, a year seemed like a lot. I passed notes to her through my dad, who was her teacher. Isn’t that weird. Oh well, nothing ever became of it. But, I’ll never forget. Then years later. I married a cheerleader, and spawned two great songs with her.

    Before my cousin asks ☺”When Doves Cry”. has to have been my favorite song of ’84. Prince was my idol in those years. I tried to get Mr hair to do some of the things his did (Could be why I’m bald now) LOL!!

    Great List Cuzz!

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    1. OMG, you know that times were simpler then if you could pass love notes through your teacher father to one of his students. In this hardened day and time people would have sworn that Uncle Fletch was writing them letters and putting it on his son. LOL!
      Yep, I remember that cheerleader and she did give you two great sons!
      Oh yeah baby everybody was all up on “When Doves Cry.”
      Gotdamn what I wouldn’t give to see you with a Prince-do! ROTFLMAO!!!!

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  6. I love the way you’ve chronicled the achievement of a dream and goal in your my jams series. The rise to Varsity Cheerleader spawns many observations on the negatives and positives of success two major ones being the realization of “fair weather friends” and haters. You’ve done an immaculate job of visiting these realities and calling them out. BTW – I love the Trick Daddy view – right on point.

    Your unadulterated advice is even better – “if you don’t fck with somebody when they’re down—don’t EVEN try to start f*cking with them when they come up!” Word baby – Word!

    1984. Ronald Reagan was gearing up the war on poor inner city Black Folk (aka The War on Drugs), Dodge’s sexy Daytona had made it from the race tracks to the streets, leather mini -skirts and pinstripe jeans were the rave, embalming fluid showed up in weed, and then D.C. Mayor Marion Barry’s one time lover Karen Johnson was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to testify about Barry’s alleged drug use. Lord knows we needed some music to soothe our spirits, calm our erupting our emotions, and jump start our footwork in the year 1984, and Lady G you’ve once again gotten it all in one place right here and right now.

    Careless Whisper from George Michael was one that stuck with me from 84 to now. The lyrics were just tailor made for some things I was feeling at the time and have felt from time to time through the years.

    I am soo happy to see you’ve given RJ’s Latest Arrival some props. I saw them live and although short lived on the charts they’ve always been one of my favorite bands.

    The Dazz Band was killing the scene – evidenced by them making your list multiple times. Joystick – oh yeah baby!

    SOS, Culture Club with Boyee George, Atlantic Starr, The Deele (I see you LA Reid), – you’ve got all the heavy hitters on tap here Gwin and a few of the one time hitters that left big time scores like Divine Sounds – What People Do For Money. I didn’t realize they bounced on the scene in 84 – learned something here.

    Baby thank you for another one of your wonderful back to the past musical time capsules preceded by your usual stellar, engaging, entertaining, and informal literary gifts. You Rock! Love this!

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    1. Thank you G!
      You brought up some real talk with that whole Ronald Reagan and the War on Drugs thing. It was a whole lot of talk with nothing to it. We are still dealing with the ramifications of decisions made by Reagan and Bush; don’t believe me–look at some of the children that were born from 1984 onward or you can go to the graves of all of the people who died-unnecessarily of AIDS and so on!
      I might get a lot of shit for saying that but it’s how I feel and I can stand in that statement. My Mama and Daddy didn’t raise no punks-LOL!
      That whole Marion Barry thing was a trip; but really the only thing I can remember is a video of him saying, “That bitch set me up!” Which I have no doubt that she did but….
      No you did not talk about embalming fluid in the weed! I hollered. One of my cousins liked to killed someone for trying to sell him some dried oregano in a nickel bag! (Wow, now that’s old weed talk)
      Once again, it is always fun talking to you about music and memories!

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      1. You know what Lady G – I will never have problem chopping up conversation with you. You’re well versed, immensely knowledgeable, and you don’t pull punches. You and your “old weed talk” reference got me to laughing. A wise intellectual woman is a woman that one should friend, keep near, keep dear, and listen to with the intensity of a canine’s ear. When she’s cute – that’s gravy on the homemade biscuit aka her truth. opps – just gave up the goods on why I’m crazy about your blog. Oh well guilty as admitted. LOL

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        1. That’s so sweet G and I LOVE those words of wisdom. I always try to follow that same advice. That’s why I was always up under my mama’nem! LOL!
          You are too kind.
          I strive to be kind, truthful and fair. It just makes things so much easier 🙂
          And you know I love me some GeoGee Experience. I am on it all the time 🙂

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  7. Let me dip on in here…

    1984. Graduation! But first, winning (or earning) quite a few scholarships, including one with a full ride to a small liberal arts college about an hour from home. There went Black Harvard! I ended up at Washington College, and while there weren’t as many of “us” there, I learned a lot about other people, other cultures, and myself there. I had some growing up to do, and I did quite a bit of it at WC.

    As for your list I have nothing to add. Not one thing. It encapsulates the year perfectly. Though I have a few nitpicks—I’ll save them for another forum! No correcting the host at their spot!

    Your Siedah Garrett description is spot-on; she also sang lead for the Brand New Heavies at one point, and has one of my favorite slow jams in her repertoire: “Nobody Does Me.” You have got to check that out if you don’t know it! I’m sure it’s somewhere on the Tube of You…and I’ll definitely be looking up that Tom Browne joint. I don’t even remember it!

    I was pleasantly surprised to see “Take A Chance”! Loved that joint! “Off And On Love” if I will be honest with myself I’ve forgotten how it goes, but I do remember it! Also glad to see “Shackles” and “Encore” too! Nobody in school knew I could dance, until I showed up at a dance the Honor Society was sponsoring and lit up the floor on Cheryl Lynn’s classic. And only the long version will do! And Luther, Mtume and Teena…all them quiet storm type a jams…hmmmm. Somebody was listening to some late night radio back then! I know I was!

    As always, thanks for my weekly throwback par-tay. (drops the needle on the Chuck Brown mentioned in the post)

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    1. Glad you dropped by T! As for the nit picks I don’t always expect folks to agree with me but if something needs to be corrected please do tell. Though this is probably unrelated to the nit picks that you have, one thing that I have found is that release dates may vary because, I started to add “Hanging on a String” by Loose Ends but the US release date was not until Feb 1985–I mean, this makes sense because they are from the UK; but baby wait until we get to Zagora in 1986! What?
      I think you’ll like “Secret Fantasy.”
      Funny you should mention other cultures because I learned a lot about different cultures in high school. We had a very diverse group and ‘we’ were the minority.
      But to be honest, I learned more about socio-economic class. I mean, believe it or not, as a cheerleader, I had white friends who would not be caught dead fraternizing with, what they considered to be a lower class of white folks! That was a trip to me. I mean, there was none of this dating out of your class shit with them. They were bred like thoroughbreds! I found all of this to be intriguing, disturbing and interesting as hell on soooo many levels.

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      1. Ok…I am looking forward to some Loose Ends for sure!

        My only nitpicks are these (you asked): “Chic Cheer” and “Runaway Love”, as great as both of them are, were actually released around 1978-79. But hey, I said they were nitpicks! If they made your 1984, they can stay dammit!

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        1. You know I wondered about that but I saw ’84 on those; I kept thinking that these were older. Do you think they could have been re-released or something?
          Thanks for mentioning that because it does confirm what I was thinking.
          Now, I might go back in and make a correction. What do you think?

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        2. It’s up to you; if it was ’84 for you, then they stay. If you want to be “factual”, then you might take them out. As good as they both are, they work no matter what the year! And there may have been a crush on Ms. Clifford too…damn me.

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        3. I’m trying to recall the dances in ’84; I know folks were pop locking ala Ozone and Turbo. What all do you remember doing when you turned that place out in high school?

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        4. OMG! Doesn’t that make you laugh when you think back on that?
          I tell you, doing this is really therapeutic, it allows me to go back to my younger self and see where my head was and what was going on. Some of this stuff I had completely forgotten about but when I play a song–it call comes back.

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        5. Yeah it does! When I was writing that about those dances, it was cracking me up. I was one of those kids who never (and I mean) never went out with the other kids. I was always at home, so I entertained myself. It was at home, listening to music practically all the time, that I learned I liked and loved to dance. And I thought I was pretty good. Of course, I had to prove it in public for other people to notice. That love has carried through to this day, thankfully—even as I can’t do all those moves like I once could. LOL

          Yes, those songs (and a lot of the songs you have featured in this series) bring back lots of memories, just about all of them good. Making mixtapes from the radio, or taping whole albums when one was featured, I did a lot of that back then. Just so you could have something to jam in your boom box with your friends. Ah…good times.

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        6. I know right?
          Believe it or not, Eva was strict! So even though I was a cheerleader, I could only be out long enough for the games and to get straight back home. So I spent a lot of time on my own as well. And as you know by now I spent most of my time listening to music and making tapes. I also, spent a lot of time with my mom—not to mention the snooping that I did when she was talking with her friends.
          When you mentioned that most of your memories were good; I assumed that some of them were not so good. I had those things come up to. There was one traumatic instance that is etched in my memory because it occurred along side the song “Everybody places the fool.” Sadly it involved the accidental shooting death of one of a close family friend. I remember the whole thing VERY vividly but I didn’t want to mention that in the main post for that particular ‘My Jams.’ It was not congruent with the vibe. I don’t mind sharing it in a comments though.
          Music is very powerful with regard to memory.

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        7. Yes it is. Most of my bad memories are about feeling left out a lot of times. You mention a shooting; we had one in our neighborhood too-a son shot his mother and sister over some money. Happened in an apartment around the corner from mine, to a family we all got along with. I don’t really have a song associated with it, but I remember the event vividly, much as you did with yours.

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