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…..