I am not going to say I was the biggest Teena Marie fan and that I am lost without her. In fact, when I first heard the news, I simply sighed and went on playing with my son. Over the next 30 minutes I must sung “I Need Your Loving” 3 or 4 times because now my 3 year old was singing it too. An hour later the memories came in bunches, and I could feel the perspiration on my neck, as if I was once again standing on the boardwalk in Coney Island, baking in the August Sun. Listening to Teena Marie’s “Lovergirl” coming out of my JVC dual cassette Boom Box, way too loud as I recall. Then I remembered my brown Chevy Super Sport, crawling past hydrants for the free car wash, bumpin’ ”Square Biz” and arguing with my cousin about Don Mattingly and if he was going to be as good as people, including me, where thinking he would be. He batted .343 the next year and proved me right!
I remember the first time I saw Teena Marie play guitar.. it made me pay attention and appreciate her as an artist. I spent a couple hours tonight listening to her body of work and now I am sitting here typing in awe and gratitude and a little remorseful that I didn’t pay more attention to her in life. Thank you Teena and may you rest well at the feet of your Creator.
5 Teena’s on My Mind (stream/download)