Some of you might have heard that Teena Marie passed away yesterday. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with her music, she was a protégée of Rick James, and the first white person to be signed to Motown back in 1979. She was unique, funky, and an incredibly talented woman. Many a night out dancing in the City, I boogied to Teena Marie singing Lovergirl. She was cool.
As I am a huge fan of all genres of music, I thought it was apropos to celebrate the life of Teena Marie on my blog today. Unlike many singers, she was also a songwriter and producer. She played guitar, keyboards, and congas and was an all-around tough broad (and I say this with absolute appreciation) who exuded confidence in her performances and most certainly did things her way. She even fought Motown in a legal battle over her contract which resulted in “the Brockert Initiative” which made it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material from that artist. This change in the law that she fought for subsequently helped many, many other recording artists.
I’m always inspired by those off-beat celebrities who are a little bit different and who march to the beat of their own drum. In the case of Teena Marie, she literally belted out tunes to her own drum and did so in a way that was totally unique. You just have to love that!
So, I say goodbye sadly to Teena Marie. Your life serves as an inspiration to do your own thing and fight for what is right. So, crank up the volume on your PC and enjoy one of her classic tunes.