“Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the watcher turns his gaze away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by time. That is the life of men.” Zora Neale Hurston
The rainbow in my life this week included “52 Shades of Grey.” We were the guests of DuBois Circle member Beverly Carter at The DuBois Circle ‘s106th annual closing meeting at the posh Valley Mansion. The Ian Sims Trio provided the music during the social hour and the gifted soprano Dr. Hattie Shannon-Smith accompanied by Charles Arnett provided the music during the dinner hour. Member Patricia Jessamy shared the year’s theme “Where do we go from here-Chaos or Community. “ The speaker, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski amused the audiences with anecdotes that kept us captivated. Guests in attendance were attorneys Harry & Janet Johnson, Judge Marcella Holland, John Carter, Linda Paulson, Jeanette & Walter Hairston, Judge Yvonne Holt-Stone, Pamela Holt, Lydia McCargo-Redd, Janette Wittmeyer, Howard Jessamy, Anne Davis, Carolyn Cole, Roslyn Wood, Bernice Mc Daniel, Lydia Mussenden and Dr. Marie Washington.
“My life was changed in one breath from God.” Donna Summer
The first shade of gray was the surprising death of Dr. Marion Bascom who attended the dinner with his wife, member Dorothy and good friend Dr. Homer Favor. Dr. Washington and I talked to Rev. Bascom that night and marveled at how youthful he looked. “Aleuta Continua” Rev. Bascom a job well done.
Another shade of gray, was the day GO-GO died. Unbelievable, Chuck Brown is “somewhere over the rainbow” and will not be "busting loose" in the DC/MD area this summer. “It’s a groove thing” when you heard the Godfather of GO-GO's funky beat, you went into the groove, bopping your head, patting your feet, subtly and before you knew it you were transformed into that funky arena that only a true go-go person could transcend.
I saw Chuck Brown at his last performance at the African- American Festival. He invited me to stand on stage with his wife and family as they performed. It was easy to be caught up in the go-go movement. I admired Chuck Brown’s inclusion of his family, introducing the youngest and up to the go-go beat having them perform on stage with him.
Chuck Brown before you take go -go to the next level in your heavenly home "wind me up" and "remind me to breathe", cause I feel like "busting loose" and don't stop still the cops come knocking at the "block party". "Blow your whistle" when you reach the pearly gates, "Little Benny" and your go-go fans are waiting with "hearts stronger than steel" to get the "Fiesta" started, cause “it don't mean a thing if it aint got that go-go swing.”
“Memories, like the corners of my mind, misty watercolor memories of the way we were. Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind, smiles we gave to one another, for the way we were. Oh, can it be that it was all so simple then, or has time rewritten every line, and if we had the chance to do it all again, tell me…would we, could we”
A deeper shade of gray when disco queen disco Donna Summers died. Remember, how we would turn “on the radio” during the “endless summer” dancing to “she works hard for the money” knowing we were “hot stuff” in our go-go boots. The party wasn’t over until we heard ‘last dance;” or the Bee Gees, Robin Gibbs singing “you make me feel like dancing’ or “staying alive” watching Donald “Duck” Dunn in Blues Brothers.
Whoa! What a week RIP Chuck, Donna, Robin and Donald “Duck” Dunn as you take your music higher.
“I see skies of blue, clouds of white, bright blessed days, dark sacred nights and I think to myself what a wonderful world.” Louis Armstrong
The colors of the rainbow brightened as Janet Johnson, Sheilah Davenport and I joined friends at the Preakness. The beautiful day blossomed as we strolled through the corporate village. The winner “I’ll have another” was an easy choice to pick. Enjoying the Preakness were Mayor Rawlings-Blake wowing the crowd with her gorgeous black and yellow hat, Kevin Spacey, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and soon to be wife Karmen, Governor O’Malley, Rhonda Overbey, Joe Haskins, Nancy Pelosi ,Karenthia Barber, Sara Smalley , Rosemary Atkinson , Kathe Hammond. Tobi Pulley, , Ruth’s Chris’s Steve DeCastro, Marietta English, Dr. Charlene Cooper- Boston, Derrick & Lee Ramsey, Lucinda Ware and Mark Broady.
“From the first moment I saw you, ooh, I knew you were the one. That night I had to call you, I was rappin’ till the sun came up. I truly adore you. If God one day stroke me blind, your beauty I'd still see. Love is too weak to define just what you mean to me.” Prince
Happy Anniversary to loving couples Dr. Vallen & Michele Emery and Janet & Harry Johnson Esq. may you continue to love “until the end of time” Prince
Happy 50th birthday to my baby sister Clarissa Pritchett, Johari Turner, Carol Lombard Turner, Bobby Chambliss and Dr. Anne Osborn Emery.
Jump Street will be performing at The Church of St Mary the Virgin on Saturday June 16 to benefit the American Breast Cancer Society, and Women of Domestic Violence Home. For tickets, call 410-363-2633.
Call 866-645-5530 to register for the Holistic Health Seminar on memory Loss June 2 at the Randallstown Community Center.
“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch