Reblogging in Their Memory
With so many music legends (not all in the following list being singers or musicians) having made their transition in the past year — in just the past nine months, one-half of Ashford & Simpson, Nickolas Ashford; the legendary Etta James; “Soul Train” creator and host Don Cornelius; pop-soul princess Whitney Houston; “American Bandstand” host Dick Clark; disco queen Donna Summer, go-go music pioneer Chuck Brown; and, just yesterday, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees — I thought I would pay homage to immortal singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton Rudolph via a review I wrote in November 2011 of “Closer,” a song written by new-generation artist Corinne Bailey Rae that reminds me so much of Minnie.
Before I get hate mail for critiquing a song released more than a year ago, please allow me to protest: I was so busy writing fiction and posting on my then-new blogs, and engaging in non-fiction in the form of job hunting, that I didn’t have the time to listen to radio stations and catch up on YouTube views and surf the various music vid channels on cable. But there’s a reason that I’ve climbed from under a novella-in-progress and interrupted my reading of a clever mystery novel to write about a singular song. Are you in suspense yet?
For the past few months — through grief over a pet’s demise and major family ties, sublime joy over several personal matters, and sheer fascination over rediscovering my natural hair — I haven’t been able to shake an obsession. Whether cooking up red rice, chilling out after a day’s work, writing…
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