Rambling Musical Commentary: LadyG and J. Reneé Share Favorite Jams From Teena Marie (Pt. I)

Me and my cousin, J. Reneé in 1988


Contains Adult Language


A word of advice, NEVER take a picture in front of a mirror!

YAAASSSS!

In today’s audio, you get to eavesdrop on two Southern cousins talking cash sh!t about our favorite singer, Teena Marie.

Chile, it took us damn near two and a half hours to get Zoom up and running in order to record this thing.

After all that trouble, J. Reneé had the audacity to ask how to get her picture loaded to her Zoom profile!

I was like—whaaaa?

You get to hear us fuss about that at the beginning of the audio 😂

Anyway, back to the true matter at hand…

Now, I could go into a long history of “wild and peaceful” Lady T., but you can just Google her.

Fun fact, although Teena Marie, born Mary Christine Brockert, was White, her fan base was largely Black.

This is probably the case because she was a true soul singer!

Not knowing how to categorize her, Motown intentionally left her picture off her first LP because, based on her vocals, everybody thought she was Black.

At any rate, she was a beautiful and highly talented soul who wrote, composed, arranged and performed vocals, piano, lead guitar as well as bass guitar–she probably played other instruments as well.

Sadly, she passed away on December 26, 2010.

Anyway, if you are into the business or legal aspects of music, you must research The Brockert Initiative–a law that resulted from a civil case brought against Teena Marie by Motown–which she ended up winning.

Google it!

Google her!

And so,

Special thanks to my cousin, on Eva tha Diva’s side, the beautiful J. Reneé!

I love you cuz!

Anyway, on with the show!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to comment!



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Notes:

Teena Marie shared about how she was musically influenced by Smokey Robinson and other Soul and Jazz greats on Being: Teena Marie

You Make Love Like Springtime was actually released in 1980.

My Jams ’83

My day one peeps will remember this series from a few years back where I share my life story via my favorite songs.
Recently, I did an audio series based on these posts called “Rambling Musical Commentary.” Lately, I’ve noticed, based on the analytics, that these posts have a pretty large viewing; therefore, I will be picking that series back up starting with 1980 on Sunday, April 18th.
So, stay tuned and check out other “My Jams” and “Rambling Musical Commentary” posts by going to the right panel and clicking on those titles in categories.
Meanwhile, enjoy a reblog of My Jams 1983!

Be forewarned!

There be Adult language afoot! LOL!

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Hey, it’s good to see you!  Boy have I got a lot to catch you up on!  I’m so sorry that I haven’t been keeping you posted on all the things that’s been going on.  Can you believe that we’re almost at the end of 1983 and I haven’t really told you anything new?

Well, I guess I better do like Lewis Carroll said, “Start at the beginning, keep going and when you come to the end, stop.”

So let’s start at the beginning.

Do you remember my Uncle Willie? You know the one who lives in Chicago?  Well he died back in March.  Nobody saw it coming because he was kinda young.  They say he was sick with pneumonia, then he just had a heart attack–out of nowhere– and died.

We didn’t see him much but I do remember the time me and my cousins were jumping on the…

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Rambling Musical Commentary: Where Funky People Play

Join LadyG as she shares a storytime about PAY DAY, little brothers, popcorn shrimp, mama, daddy, Becky, hamburgers, “class ” and her favorite R&B/Soul jams from 1978-ish

**Post titles always include a lyric from one of the songs highlighted in the audio.

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Rambling Musical Commentary: My Magic Potion for Love

Join me, Lady G, for a storytime about a magical birthday gift from Mama.

In this post, I’ll also be sharing my favorite soul jams from 1976-ish.

Join me next Sunday for 1977.

*Title of the post comes from a lyric in one of the selected songs.

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Rambling Musical Commentary: Nothing Can Be Better Than a Sweet Love Song

Join Lady G as she shares a story about her sweet first grade, ukelele playing teacher, along with her favorite jams from 1975-ish.

*Post titles are always taken from the lyrics of one of the songs highlighted in LadyG’s ramble.

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Rambling Musical Commentary: When the Time Sets the Sun to the Moon

Join LadyG as she shares a storytime along with her favorite jams from the 1974-ish era 🙂

*Titles for these posts are always taken from one of the highlighted song’s lyrics

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Rambling Musical Commentary: I’m As Real As Real Can Get!

Join Lady G as she shares her favorite jams from 1971.

Tune in to find out which one is the “BIG JOKER!”

1971

**Featuring the original version of K-Jee

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Rambling Musical Commentary: Three Dusties

Come along as Lady G rambles and sings off-key to a few of her favorite dusties!

Don’t know what dusties are?

Dusties are little known songs from a bygone era.

Anyway…

Never one to miss an opportunity to introduce thoughts that take unexpected twists and turns, LadyG gives you a plethora of non sequiturs along with loud Southern mama laughter !

But isn’t that what a ramble is supposed to be about?

Unscripted foolishness in 3rd person 🙂

Enjoy!

Bonus Jams

Rambling Musical Commentary: That’s My Jam

**Escapism alert!

Some adult language

Ok, seriously!

Enough is enough!

I have got to find ways to improve my mental wellbeing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still ALL about the cause and will continue my work…

But, as my dear friend, the other Lady G oft quotes, “The world is too much with us…”

She borrowed it from Wordsworth and I borrowed it from her.

And so…

In an effort to keep “the world” manageable for ME, I decided to do something fun on the blog by offering a rambling commentary on my musical posts, including “My Jams” which was a R&B series for years 1966-1996.

Join me as I touch on…

DJs

Record Stores

Cassette Tapes

8 tracks

45’s

LP’s

Reaganomics

GodFather

Soul Brother Number One

The Good Foot

The One

Hot Cuisine

Ozone/Teena Marie (Lady T)

All of that comes from this post.

Run Time: Less than 15 mins.

That’s My Jam

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A Family Conversation: The Cousins Discuss The Elusive American Dream

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

“A Family Conversation” is published on Wednesdays.

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Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech:

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

If you are interested, you may read the full speech transcript here.

Now…

Observe as I switch my focus from the words of a King to a topic that appears to be totally different.

I’ll begin “the switch” by asking…

Isn’t it funny how the lyrics of a song can mean one thing in one context, and another thing in a different context?

That very fact inspired Ron to post two throwback jams from one of the most prolific songwriting duos of all time, Valarie Simpson and her late husband Nickolas Ashford.

And so….

This week, Ron and I discuss the song lyrics from Ashford & Simpson’s “It seems to hang on” and “Found a cure.”

Listen in as we flow with the lyrics into conversations on :

  • Dealing with the ever-present albatross of discrimination.
  • Interacting with people who either intentionally or unintentionally invalidate our experiences of prejudice.
  • Maintaining a hopeful optimism that one day America will live up to its greatest potential by adhering to its own assertion that “all men are created equal.”
  • A Divine prescription for the cure that we need; hint, it’s been there all along.

Enjoy,

Adult Language and Situations

Pt 1

Pt 2

To listen to a deeper conversation click here for parts 3-5