Let’s talk music this time. Turn Two makes mention of a few songs that in some way impacted my life. Anyone who knows me can you tell you that I am the ultimate Earth Wind & Fire fan. Back in the 70’s, it seemed to me that I was the only teen who understood how far superior their music and message was compared to other artists.
I think it all started from a crate that the young man I dated and later married stored in the garage. It was usually planted next to the amplifier for his bass guitar. He dug the bottom that Verdine dropped on Devotion. That song was originally from the Open Our Eyes album. The spiritual vibe in Maurice’s voice, the music and the message in that title track took hold of my soul.
I was first introduced to the best falsetto ever when I heard Phillip sing “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” I thought wow, this dude is smooth and has some serious range.
My passion for their music runs deep. Some of you reading this blog may have never heard songs like Masquerade, You Went Away, You and I, etc. etc., etc. Lord knows, I could go on forever.
So, I sit down and write a book, a romance novel about losing the one you love. You know it - in there somewhere had to be . . . .
“Tight lipped and silent, Terrence drove home. Images of Traci flashed across his mind. Her butt in that tight dress filled the windshield of his Range Rover, as did Rondell’s large hands on her. He was furious. He had not heard a word Laylah said, but Earth, Wind & Fire’s “After The Love is Gone” suddenly registered in his brain. Quickly, he turned off the radio.”
Tina Denise was born and raised in Southern California. She is married and has two wonderful children, a son who is a professional athlete and an academically talented daughter. She has enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate and is an avid sports enthusiast, both which serve as the backdrop for her debut novel.