I’ll Come Hard for 2011, But for now….Earl Klugh!

I’m feeling in a mellow contemplative sunny mood, which is a good thing for the coming new year!  So I decided to share with all of you some more of the music I became familiar with because of my first husband RTO.  We were a couple of teens he 17 and I 18 when we first met, and he had us listening to this beautiful music when we weren’t listening to ConFunkShun, Brick, LTD, Parliament and Zapp!!  As well as Teena Marie and the Whispers!   My first hubby really introduced me to alot of good jazzy smooth mellow music and we would enjoy it by rolling up a, (never mind) eating peanut butter and jelly and eating huge steak fries and burgers from our favorite burger dive called Beeps Burgers.  (That man also took me all around the bay area searching for an authentic Philly Cheesesteak!)   He was renting somebody’s rat trap basement apartment and we’d kick it and enjoy life, the way teens did it back then!

So I enjoyed all of this fantastic music RTO was introducing me to, which was so different than what my parents listened to.  My mom was an Al Green, Bobby Blue Bland, Tyrone Davis, BB King, Teddy Pendegrass, It’s got to be mellow Leon Haywood kind of woman!  She loved that Memphis Rhythm thing going on!  (She did like Grover Washington to death tho!)   But RTO had me listening to much more smooth, lighthearted, flowing music!  I guess his parents were digging it like that (it must had been a Philly thing).  So from RTO I learned about Donald Byrd, The Laws siblings–Debra, Hubert and Ronnie, Patrice Rushen, Quincy Jones’ before Michael and after Dizzy–like Walking in Space, Kool and the Gang’s old stuff like Summer Madness, and the Whispers old stuff like Chocolate Girl, and the Isley’s old stuff like Sensuality, and other such cool breeze music!  Not that he introduced me to the Isleys, but it just seemed that the folks in Philly were listening to all the cuts of the top albums that we Cali folks were NOT listening to!!

But I really fell in love with the smoothness of Earl Klugh’s guitar playing.  It just touched a special spot in my tiny little teenaged heart!  I loved every track on Earl’s HeartString album.  I have to admit that I felt a bit special, listening to this music, knowing that my friends wasn’t even try to hear this kind of music.  They weren’t on my plane of consciousness.  Plus I had started going to City college and started drinking coffee as well!  You could NOT tell me that I wasn’t sophisticated, cosmopolitan and urbane and oh so grown!!  Plus I had a part time job with the CITY!!  Making $4.08 an hour when Mickey D’s was only paying $2.35!   I simply had it going on, big time!!   I had the 3 M’s,  A Man, my own Money and some fantastic new Music!!!  Ahhh, those were the days…..   

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Lin says:

    You are full of surprises, aren’t ya, S.E.? Didn’t know about your past romantic life as a um… cougar! LMBAO.

    What’s weird is that, for me at least… even in past relationships, if someone introduced to something new, sum’m exciting, sum’m worthwhile, then regardless of what happens in the future between us, I’ll always hold a good feeling for that person, if for no other reason than the fact that they played a part in introducing sum’m new & enjoyable in my journey.

    Also, on the real: I think everyone, no matter their musical taste, should have a lil Earl Klugh in their life!


    1. Anna Renee says:

      Yeah! I’m a cougar! Grrrroooowwl! Me and RTO are cool to this day! He has a spot in mah harht! A small Philly shaped spot! LOL! He tends to think that he introduced me to all good music, though, so I can’t give him too many props. Give an inch take a mile and stuff like that. 😉

  2. James McCoy says:

    I’m right there with you!

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Good music, youth, and quality junk food–the things of the gods!!!

  3. Qwami Ade says:

    Ok ok now this is getting real creepy,Anna. Just three days ago Earl Klugh popped up on my proverbial ipod shuffle search. I listened to the entire LP(Heart String). Now take into account that I haven’t listened to some E.K(I have over 8,000 songs on the Ipod) in close to 6 months. Needless to say it took me back to my 1st introduction to EK( “Crazy For You” LP)….anyway the next day hit your blog up and what do I see. I don’t know what ethereal tether we’re tapped into but all I can do is laugh to keep from being spooked out…I tell you what,that damn Rayna song is the truth aint it?
    My fav. EK LP was “Crazy For You”…..I’m sure you remember these 2 tracks from the LP.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Don’t be skuuurrrr’dd boo! We just brother and sister from another mother and father!!

      I love Earl Klugh’s Heart String and for some reason just didn’t move on to his other albums too much…I was just a stuck teenage baby girl, and then George Howard came along and stole my heart from Earl Klugh! I was fickle like that I guess. But it’s never too late to start again. And YES, Rayna is the BOMB!!!

      Hey, this is the funky side of Earl Klugh!! I likey muchey!! I should have been listening to this one too, as it actually reminds me of George Howard!!! OOOOOOHHH how I love good music!!!

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