Alternate title: Lady G, The Golf Pro and Barry White
“I’ve Got So Much To Give” by Barry White (1973)
If you like your symphonic soul dripping with sexual chocolate this one’s for you!
The Late Great Barry White!
All of that unmistakable BARITONE with strings, horns, and every instrument in between.
That’s my kinda heaven 🙂
Ain’t that right Ms. Eve?
There was no one like him before and none since!
As a kid, I would often tag along with my Daddy when he went to play golf.
You see, I was born and raised in Augusta, GA.
Home of The Masters Tournament!
And, believe it or not, just about everybody in Augusta played/plays golf.
Baby, when I say everybody, I mean EVERYBODY!
There was no accounting for socioeconomic class when it came to the game of golf 😉
If you didn’t have a lot of money, you played at a public course.
If you did have some money, you played at a private course.
One thing you didn’t do was play at The Augusta National.
Unless your name was Robert Trent Jones, Sr aka Bobby Jones
John D. Rockefeller, III
You were some other kind of magical sorta somebody like my Dad 😉
Yes, you read that right.
My Daddy played The Augusta National!
You see, years ago, The Augusta National employed their own golf caddies.
Interestingly enough, many of them were Black-maybe all of them were.
I don’t know.
Anyway, one of my Daddy’s friends was a caddy.
Well, back in those days, The Augusta National would host a caddy appreciation day.
On that day, the caddies could bring a guest to play a round of golf with them on the course.
And, as you might have figured, Daddy’s friend invited him.
You never know who can make something magical and amazing happen in your life!
Expect the unexpected 🙂
Sorry for that major digression!
Back to my story.
One day, when I was about 11 years old, Daddy and I went to the golf course (NOT The Augusta National).
I really can’t be sure why, but, for whatever reason, I decided to stay at the clubhouse with the Golf Pro whom everybody called…
Wait for it…
Anyway, Pro was a short, ruddy complected red-headed White dude who loved nothing more than a good laugh 🙂
And, since I loved to laugh too we would often joke around together.
I guess he thought I was a funny kid 🙂
At any rate, after a whole lot of guffawing and tomfoolery, Pro and I decided that since it was Saturday afternoon, we should go in the Pro shop, turn on the TV and watch, of all things, “Soul Train.”
I can vividly remember hearing Pro say, “I betcha didn’t know I liked Soul Train!”
Now, to be very honest, the visual and audio dissonance between this man’s appearance and the “Soul Train” theme song almost caused my little mind to implode!
There we were, me, Pro, Don Cornelius and all of the “Soul Train” dancers.
On”the hippest trip in America!”
And the ride was fabulous!
Don Cornelius introduced the next guest!
After seeing Barry White and listening to the opening notes of his song, Pro immediately rose from his chair and changed the station.
He then looked at me and said, “I like soul but that’s too much soul for me.”
And, with that, we both started laughing like hell!
In the end, we settled on a rerun of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom!”
Good ole Marlin Perkins.
What is the point of this horridly long story?
Here’s the point:
Although Pro was open-minded, he had his limits! Poor guy, he never took the time to learn that Barry White was a musical genius who conducted his own Orchestra!
Love Unlimited Baby!
Pro, didn’t know what he didn’t know.
He missed an opportunity to take off the limits and further broaden his experience 🙂
Today’s Affirmation: I am open to new and exciting experiences.
Let’s go forth into new and exciting experiences!
Try a new cuisine!
Listen to some new music!
Read or learn something that is completely foreign to us.
Meet some new people; preferably some folks who have a background that is very different from ours.
Take a different route home.
Go some damn where else.
Now I’m going with Barry.
How ’bout you?
Get into it!
Love and light my friends 🙂