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Tina Turner: The Legend’s Journey Ends at 83

Introduction: In the annals of music history, few names shine as brightly as that of Tina Turner. With a voice that could move mountains, a stage presence that mesmerized millions, and a life story that inspired generations, Tina Turner carved her name in golden letters. However, as we gather here today, we commemorate the passing of this incredible icon, celebrating her indelible legacy and reflecting on the profound impact she had on the world of music and beyond.

Section 1: The Early Years – The Rise of a Star Tina Turner’s journey began in the small town of Nutbush, Tennessee, where she first discovered her passion for music. We delve into her humble beginnings, her relentless pursuit of success, and the momentous meeting with Ike Turner, which would forever change her life.

Section 2: The Ike and Tina Phenomenon – A Musical Revolution Together, Ike and Tina Turner ignited a fire on the stage, bringing their electrifying performances to audiences worldwide. We explore their groundbreaking hits like “River Deep – Mountain High” and “Proud Mary,” delving into the undeniable chemistry and explosive talent that made them a force to be reckoned with.

Section 3: Private Struggles and Personal Triumphs Behind the glamorous facade, Tina Turner faced personal hardships and struggles that threatened to dim her light. From the turbulent relationship with Ike to her courageous escape and subsequent solo career, we uncover the resilience and strength that defined her journey towards personal liberation and self-discovery.

Section 4: A Phoenix Rising – The Comeback At an age when most artists would consider retirement, Tina Turner proved that her star power was undiminished. Her 1984 album “Private Dancer” became a global sensation, catapulting her back into the limelight. We examine the immense success that followed, including the record-breaking concert tours and further chart-topping hits like “What’s Love Got to Do with It.”

Section 5: Beyond the Stage – An Inspiration to All Tina Turner’s influence extended far beyond her music. As an African-American woman thriving in a male-dominated industry, she shattered barriers and inspired countless individuals to believe in their own potential. We celebrate her philanthropic endeavors, her resilience in the face of adversity, and her enduring impact on feminism, empowerment, and the fight against domestic violence.

Conclusion: As we bid farewell to Tina Turner, we honor the incredible life and career of a true legend. Her music will forever reverberate through the ages, her indomitable spirit will continue to inspire, and her voice will echo in the hearts of millions. Tina Turner may have left this world, but her legacy will forever remain, etched in the annals of music history. Goodbye, dear Tina, and thank you for the gift of your artistry.

Janelle Monae’s, “Lipstick Lover” Riles up Hedonism

Somewhere over the rainbow past mists of mysticism, we find ourselves in midsts of sophistication; a particular chemistry. Romanian chromism: that wet dream sensuous folk love to visit. The only job there is to lend a hand and exchange digits. You might think, “Is that Dundee?” No, not really, but I’m sure that’s the place to some degree. Funky from Greenlandish armpits and orchestral trees, this isn’t your typical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Bert and Ernie. This’ a soundbath that’ll leave you uncouth with rubber duck[ies]. Slapstick humor with a Heineken: Lamar tries to pronounce the word, “Heiligenschein”. The following video should be watched at the viewer’s discretion.

Where is God’s Presence?

Jadakiss forgot the ‘Holy Kiss’. They let the girls hang out with lamps and candletits. I think Rihanna might know what they finally did. It did a simple breaststroke now the Red Sea is parted. 

11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures in your right hand.

Ps 16:11 NIV

Man, what does that mean? Eternal pleasures? Joy in resonance? Makes you want to listen to the whole spectrum. But I reckon, this mammoth of happiness is more than electric. She talks to flowers and they’ve been toyetic. So let me be prophetic: those who fall in love with the Earth will be devoured by it. Turn your attention above and you’ll be able to stomach it. 

Padre buono, guidaci sulla Tua via eterna. – Amen

Suppressed Pleasure

Now I will have your attention turned to a portion of Scripture; something familiar written to a people supposedly ‘dead’. I want to get to the spirit behind this because it’s coming to a head as we approach the end of all that’s ever done or said. 

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are who hold the truth in unrighteousness;made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenant- breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

2 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. – Romans 1:17-2:1 KJV [emphasis added]

I would like to say 3 feet no pressure, but the reality is everywhere one is under pressure; to conform, to submit, to excel past the threshold. Looking to transform only to fit a mold. I’d exegete this whole passage but it would take too long, so let’s get to the point → praising Janelle’s song.

Love that Covers

Wild to go for black beans and fried rice, when you’re skipping the main dish for a fish slice. Huh? Ever turned a blind eye to someone’s crimes while condemning a soul who never did wrong in their life? What? That’s what it’s like to come to Jesus. Our sins are backstabbers you better believe it. Returning to Holy Union was all we needed. Love that kept us pure and innocent, not knowing we were naked. 

So let me be prophetic: those who fall in love with the Earth will be devoured by it. Turn your attention above and you’ll be able to stomach it. 

The ungodly hates holy language, and impious despises reverential praise. In the universe, nothing is sacred, every pedestal is trampled and degraded. God is awesome! Oh that’s nasty. Jesus is Almighty. Now you’re getting feisty. The LORD reigns forever. Now you’re being grimy: Try tagging the streets with holy graffiti. See if people get upset having God plastered over their property. That’s how you’ll know if they’ll let God kiss their mentality. 

That Takes it’s Time

Everybody wants what’s microwaveable; shallow but inspirational. It’s presentable but it lacks depth; something saleable. It’s gotta be a business model that’s scaleable, but nobody wants it though. I say, ‘Titties, titties, titties can’t you see, your booby traps can’t hypnotize me, and although I peep your flashy ways, my love is for the church if that’s ok.’

“I say, ‘Titties, titties, titties can’t you see, your booby traps can’t hypnotize me, and although I peep your flashy ways, my love’s for the church if that’s ok.’”

They said, this must be rated R for arbitrary. Truly, truly, I tell you babe: This is rated X cuz I harangue by any means necessary. I’ve been H.I.M for H.E.R, her & I’s hereditary. I’m not ashamed of what Jesus’ done for me. I may have been pimpn’ with the pigskins; pulled her ponytail, I’m rumpelstiltskin. Imp complex I’m never simpn’, I murder demons call me OJ Simpson. God’s got us in the sandbox, put all the sims in. Wash us in water colored in crimson. This ain’t that Kool-Aid you go ham in. Sleep in the hammock now I bring the hymns in.

Every hour for Jesus, and what-e’er we do,

  We must have this approval today;
      If we do heart service with the LORD in view;

          He will bless us along the way.

Every hour for the Lord,
Every hour for the LORD we spend;
Every hour for Jesus til he comes again,
When the labor of life shall end.

– Barney E. Warren

The Double Standard

Easy to point fingers and show what’s not true worship when our hearts are in the wrong posture. Not saying I’m advocating for a nude roster, but there’s a difference between art and pornelia. I’m aware of pedophilia; rape and mysophilia. I see past the dirt to find Beryllium. I’ve found sometimes heathens have more virtue than the folks sitting in the pew, then wonder why they’re infertile. Don’t know about you, I rather be clothed with gold, a heart of gold that stays on code. Thank you Janelle for being so bold, You helped me to see, it’s ok to be cold. 

Padre buono, guidaci sulla Tua via eterna. – Amen

From an android from the past and future…I love you.

Anessa Strings is the “Cool” you didn’t know you needed.

While the race to orbit space continues, and man attempts to fill his void with androids and humanoids, another one breaks through the noise of empty regurgitations. Like silly conversations about low & high vibrations from those who never held a mallet in their hands. Naw baby I ain’t hating. I’m just saying: peep game so you see how her bass is psychedelic, strumming your pelvis with a strong foundation. Sugar even got Elvis all shook up, but that’s beside the point. Apparently decaf ain’t an aphrodisiac, but playas stay eating strawberry Laffy Taffies. I heard it’s a strict science; a diet of geodesic proportions. Not saying I’ll try it, but find the right ones and I’ll try the assortments.

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SIDEBAR: I know that looks Jurassic, OGs are becoming extinct like dinosaurs, I don’t mind it though. I like being an ancient tortoise learning code and choruses; a cacophony from a Barosaurus….

Moving on to hear her music that has a way of cutting like bypass surgery; flatlined and boring for the desensitized sorcerer. Casting out unclean spirits is not fortuitous, when you realize the war between the sentient and sensuous. She brought me to tears listening to this:

Take Me to The Alley, “Gregory Porter”

One great cover for Divine lovers, a great segway into an overture; one that is formal and sincere. I was brought to tears because it speaks of real life for those who struggled in their careers. And the more I think of the lyrics, the more I’m exhorted with godly fear: for all sleep is not sacred, neither is all digamy libertine:

Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Jude 8–9 KJV

The warning against becoming licentious and greedy is haunting. It helps to curb one’s appetites and stave off depravity. But then again there’s this fine line to blissfully embrace all weirdness and abnormalities. After all, God made everyone unique, and yet obsolete. I’m referring to our blemishes and immaturity. Because very few will righteously scour the streets.

16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it/put it to use: I pray thee have me excused.

19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused/pardoned.

20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

Luke 14:16–20 T1V [The One Version]

I know I lost cool points for blurbing these verses, and I’ve opened myself to outside spells and curses. But I know Jesus will reverse it, He’s my protector from those who are lurking. Let that sink in.

Casting out unclean spirits is not fortuitous, when you realize the war between the sentient and sensuous.

If you haven’t already, listen to Anessa’s single, “Simpn’”. Anessa, it goes without saying that you are a beautiful sister. You are a child of God who’s love by many including me. All I hope is that you receive everything God has for you. You know I’d love to meet you. Hit the oven and bake a few brioche rolls, and cook a mean stew on the stove. I hope that before God he’ll look at you and say, “Well Done”. Because life is more than winning; it’s more than making money. It’s more about being precious like Monae. I’m praying for all of you as if you’re my bae; may God keeps us in holiness and chas[tity]. I know…how ironic.

Happy Belated Birthday Louis Farrakhan and all those Taurus babies I have yet to meet. God Bless. If you’re looking for lyrical PR content, DM on twitter @soundlikejames