In her youth and young adulthood, she wore turned-down hose, bobbed her hair, smoked, drank whiskey, and was a chorus girl. She was unabashedly opinionated (in her youth and old age), and married and divorced several times (I never did know exactly how many).
By the time I met her, she was an old woman, but the spunk and chutzpah were still there. She spoke her mind without reservation, was ballsy and loud, and cut through all the B.S. and decorum so many of her era felt was necessary and proper.
Aunt Theresa was anything but “proper”.
And I liked her that way.
She was the antithesis of her sister, May – my maternal grandmother – who had once been a Salvation Army officer, raising five children on her own after kicking her husband out when he became an alcoholic and wouldn’t get sober.
Don’t get me wrong – I loved my grandmother without reservation, and it was she to whom I went for advice (or Mama). But Aunt Theresa always intrigued me, an...
Barry came to me with this song and some investor money and said, “You’re the only one I know who has the range and attitude to sing this. Wanna make a record?”
With this song we began to develop the persona for the project: strong but sensitive, confident yet vulnerable, sassy yet tender, bold and sexy.
One of four songs recorded in the initial sessions, this song set the tone for the entire project and influenced the direction that subsequent songs would take.
I also got to sing it on-screen in the film as the “Lead singer in convict reunion band” (don’t ask) in the film West From North Goes South (starring Sean Thompson [of The Heights], singer Morris Day, Tina Louise [Gilligan’s Island’s Ginger], Phyllis Diller, Larry Linville [Frank Burns on M*A*S*H]...
Over the years I’ve worked for, with and contributed to many different causes. Here are links to some which embody the true spirit of giving, learning, strength of character, commons sense, and/or respect for others and what I think should be the answer when each of us is asked our race: human.
First off... If you’re going to contribute to a cause, you should know how much of the money you donate actually goes to help, and how much is eaten up by “administrative” costs. Here’s the place to check out the folks who want YOUR money:
American Institute of Philanthropy (Charity Watch)
(Helping you give wisely to charity)
Help for Those in Need
The Giving Spirit
The Salvation Army
(ringin’ the bell since childhood—my grandparents were officers)
Community & Education
The Literacy Site
(Click daily. Companies/sponsors donate. Free & easy to help!)
I know it's been awhile, but after repeated hacks to my site, we pulled everything, did some security upgrades, redesigned it all, and here we are again. I'm not sure what made my site so attractive to folks wanting to sell term papers and essays, but I seemed to be their go-to gal.
I will be re-posting some of the most popular items--especially those in The Biz (of Music) and The Making of the Record. There will be new ones, of course, so come back soon and maybe I'll have a new recipe or two for you.
In the meantime, listen to some music, dance around, and have fun!