I had to do it. When I wrote Turn Two, I made a conscious effort to honor "old school" R&B:
While Terrence was in distress, Rondell was thrilled that Traci agreed to go back to his house for a while. They visited with his family and then he found a quiet place for them to spend time alone while enjoying their favorite music, old school R&B. Al Wilson’s “Show and Tell” was the first song he played for her. They then danced and caressed to LTD’s “Share My Love.” To be sure that she was listening to the lyrics, which poignantly reflected his feelings, he sang selected verses. He was right Traci learned – he can carry a tune. He touched her deeply with his expressions of love. At the end of the song, her lips now hungry, sought his.
Back on the mainland, too downhearted to work, Rondell took the week off. He wasn’t responding to telephone calls, even those from Jim, who decided to check in on his best friend. Maria’s instructions were not to disturb him, but she led Jim into the family room where Rondell was holding up, having a glass of wine and absorbed in music, The Whispers, “I Only Meant to Wet My Feet”.
After you walk out of these doors for the last time, I am going to crank up the Sade and cry like a baby.”
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.
Terrence hopped in his ride. The blaring rap was unsuitable for his pain. He scrolled down the screen of his phone until he reached Traci’s playlist. Hearing her favorite songs was bittersweet. He hit the rewind button on Lamont Dozier’s “Why Can’t We Be Lovers” at the verse “Girl, you’re a habit I can’t break, I’d fall apart if you weren’t there when I awake.”
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.