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.

Random October Day 1979

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ME

Wanna play ‘Questions?’

Good!

I’ll start us off….

 

What’s your name and sign?

My name is Gwin and I’m a Capricorn.

What’s your nickname?

My Daddy calls me Doola Bug.

Nobody else calls me that though.

Only my Daddy.

Do you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend?

No, but I like a boy named—-

Actually, I like another boy named —- too.

I can’t tell you who they are because they might see this.

They don’t know.

I want it to stay a secret.

 

What’s your favorite color?

My favorite color is blue.

Do you have any sisters and brothers?

I have one little brother who gets on my nerves.

He always in the way!

Where are you from?

I’m from here.

I was born at the old University Hospital.

Do you have any pets?

I have two Dobermans, one name is Princess and one name is Demon.

 

Princess is the meanest.

Demon is the nicest.

I bet you didn’t guess that right!

Who is your favorite singer?

My favorite singer is Michael Jackson.

I want to marry him but Daddy say he too old.

Daddy say he’ll be using a walker by time I’m old enough to get married.

Oh and I like another singer name Prince.

He sing that song “Soft and Wet.”

And, he kinda look like a very pretty lady.

But not Michael, he look like a real man.

Oh yeah, there’s one more singer I gotta tell you about.

Her name is Teena Marie and I love her.

She white but she sound like she black.

Ain’t that crazy?

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to climb trees and look at the stars at night.

I also like to go to the golf course with my Daddy and eat sandwiches and chips at the clubhouse.

Sometimes, I like to walk the fairway, look at the trees and put my feet in the sand trap.

The only thing I don’t like is you have to be quiet when they trying to putt or T-off.

Anyway, I’ve seen lots of deer and jack-rabbits out on the course.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a meteorologist.

It didn’t take me long to learn how to spell that word because spelling is one of my best subjects.

Did you know that a meteorologist is just a fancy word for weatherman?

To me, it sound like somebody who studies meteors.

But it’s not.

I know all about the topic because I looked it up in an encyclopedia.

And because of that I already know how to look at the clouds and tell what the weather gonna be.

What’s your favorite cartoon?

My favorite cartoons are Looney Tunes, The Peanuts and I love Scooby Doo.

Oh yeah and I like Pink Panther, The Archies, Sabrina the Good Witch and I like Felix the Cat.

What’s your favorite food?

My favorite food is pizza, hamburgers, tacos and I like popcorn shrimp.

When we go to Red Lobster my Mama let me have a Sprite with cherries and an orange slice.

Sometimes they put a little umbrella in it.

It look like a grown person drink.

One time Daddy let me drink some coke he had in a cup.

Only it wasn’t just coke.

It was something else in it.

It tasted terrible so I spit it out.

He started laughing real loud.

Mama don’t know nothing about that.

Who is your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher is Mrs. Scott.

She got the longest hair you ever saw but she keeps it back in a bun.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I like to watch Flip Wilson, Sanford and Son, Bewitched, Jeannie, and I like to watch Wonder woman, Bionic woman, Electric Company, Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers.

Oh and I like Mighty Isis and Shazaam.

Sometimes Mama let me stay up and watch Carol Burnett.

Harvey Korman is my favorite one!

I like when he dress up like a lady named Mother Marcus!

If it ain’t nothing else on TV, I’ll watch Hee-Haw.

Here’s a secret:  I like to watch The Lawrence Welk Show.

Don’t tell nobody about that.

Oh…

Last night we watched the Great Pumpkin!

I love Charlie Brown.

But I can’t stand Lucy.

Do you play a instrument?

I play violin.

I made it as an alternate for all county Orchestra.

At the audition, I forget the rosin for my bow so my bow kept sliding off the string sounding like a cat.

That was dumb.

Uh oh…

I gotta go because me and my brother have to rake the grass so we can go to the fair tonight.

It was nice to meet you.

Don’t forget to write me back and tell me all your answers to my questions.

Before you go I want you to hear some of my favorite Michael Jackson songs:

And I like this one too:

Video Credits:

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