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Need to Photograph, Scan & Post My Roller Skates in Tribute
Teena Marie, who died at only 54 last night, was among the best musical reasons to go on when I was a teenager.
Her music was the soundtrack for so much of my rollerskating, and then rollerblading, solo-sessions from 13-27. Moving to her music on or off my skates, she made me feel romantic, joyful, soulful, even beautiful, and in good company....If she could sing this great music that played mostly on "urban contemporary," i.e., Black radio stations, then it also made sense that I, a Jewish girl in the suburbs, loved listening to it.
This feels like when Aaliyah died, since I love both of their voices, but Teena Marie's death reminds me that my adolescence definitely has passed.
The thing about cats is that they don't comfort their human parents reliably the way that dogs are famous for doing. I'm just lucky that it's warm behind the computer and Phoebe's little face is facing me while I grieve and write and listen to a YouTube Teena Marie playlist in parallel.
In tribute, I'll re-post a Facebook note I responded to here:
My Life as Teena Marie Song-titles
by Sarah Siegel on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 9:35am
"Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people you like (or think will actually do this) and tag me. Try not to repeat a song title. It's harder than you think."
Your Artist: Teena Marie
Are you male or female: If I Were a Bell
Describe yourself: Ooh Wee
How do you feel about yourself: Still in Love
Describe where you currently live: Out on a Limb
The first thing you think of when you wake up: It Must Be Magic
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Behind the Groove
Your favorite form of transportation: Don't Look Back
Your best friend is: You're All the Boogie I Need
Your favorite color is: Midnight Magnet
What's the weather like: 14K
If your life were a TV show, what would it be called: Ooo La La La
What is life to you: Squarebiz
What is the best advice you have to give: Work It
If you could change your name, what would it be: A Rose by Any Other Name
Your favorite food is: I Need Your Lovin'
How I would like to die: Just Us Two
My soul's present condition: Jammin'
The faults I can bear: Young Love
How would you describe your love life: Since Day One
What are you going to post this as: My Life as Teena Marie Song-titles