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Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, is dead at age 63

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Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, is dead at age 63. No matter what you think of disco, if you love music, you have give a nod to Ms. Summer. She had tons of hits in about a 4 year period in the late 70’s and early 80’s. My favorite was On the Radio.

My heart goes out to her family and friends.

By |2012-05-17T20:18:50-04:00May 17th, 2012|Music|Comments Off on Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, is dead at age 63

Learn About Disco Music

I enjoy disco music. As I write this post, I’m listening to the disco channel on Pandora Radio. I find the music good-natured. Enough of life is angry. I’m often angry. I want something good-natured and disco music fits the bill.

I think if we all played disco music in our cars during our commutes to work that people would be nicer to each other on the road.

At this very moment the song Disco Inferno by The Trammps is playing on Pandora. This is indeed entertainment.

Here are some of the lyrics to Disco Inferno

To mass fires, yes! One hundred stories high

People gettin’ loose – all gettin’ down on the roof – Do you hear?

(the folks are flaming) Folks were screamin’ – out of control
It was so entertainin’ – when the boogie started to explode

I heard somebody say

Burn baby burn! – Disco inferno!

Burn baby burn! – Burn that mother down

Burn baby burn! – Disco inferno!
Burn baby burn! – Burn that mother down

These words seem to be urging you to burn something down, but it is quite the opposite. The singer clearly says in the song that your soul is on fire and you are happy. This song is channeling your negative energy away from destructive acts!

(Below–The Bee Gees!!!)

A new book reviewed in the New York Times recently tells some of the history and the social meaning of disco. The book is called Disco and the Remaking of American Culture and was written by Alice Echols.

From the review—

“But for the thrill-seekers, especially gay ones, who packed the trendier nightspots, disco was the sound of hard-earned freedom. It meant dancing your heart out until dawn, often aided by drugs, in clubs where anybody could pair with anybody. Disco’s beat took over your body and pounded away your inhibitions. At its headiest, the experience was a close simulation of sex, or a direct lead-in to it. Women were the main voices of lust. In “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer’s techno-backed moaning — “Oooooh, it’s so good, it’s so good, it’s so good” — seemed like a six-minute glide on the runway to orgasm….Alice Echols, a professor of American studies and history at Rutgers University and a former disco D.J., knows that most of the music she spun is considered “mindless, repetitive, formulaic and banal.” But in her engrossing new book, “Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture,” she portrays that scene as a hotbed of social change — for gays, for women and their sexual rights, for blacks in the record industry. Other writers have done more to evoke the era’s sleazy glamour and animal excitement. But Echols…has few peers among music sociologists. Scholarly but fun, “Hot Stuff” is not just about disco; it re-examines the ’70s as a decade of revolution.”

(Below—A classic.)

Here is an article on the history of disco from American Heritage magazine. It is a good article that traces the evolution of disco to Paris during WW II.

Now playing on Pandora is Upside Down by Diana Ross.

Here is a history of disco from

Listen to some disco and let some happiness into your life. Learn about the history of disco and see why this music that made a difference in people’s lives and in our society.

(Below–Why must this gentleman be a hater? Photo taken by Rich.lionheart.)

By |2010-04-15T23:45:39-04:00April 15th, 2010|Books, Entertainment, Music|Comments Off on Learn About Disco Music

Donna Summer, "Bad Girls"

30 years ago, Donna Summer had the #3 song in the land. My friends and I were preparing to graduate high school. So this is a salute to those guys. I hope that they are well.

Artist:  Donna Summer
Tune: Bad Girls

By |2009-04-24T23:34:12-04:00April 24th, 2009|Music|Comments Off on Donna Summer, "Bad Girls"
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