Maybe the reason I'm wanting to channel my inner Donna Summer is that I've been on a week-long marathon of Orange Is the New Black. It's so thrilling to watch women chew up the scenery and be funny and crazy and silly and insane and wild and tough and every freaking shade a woman can be.
A unique trailblazer that defied categorization, Donna Summer had a great voice that mattered. While her anthems remain pop culture staples, there's a world of her music that most may not be familiar with. Here are 20 of her best singles that missed the Billboard Top 10.
I've been telling all my friends that when I die, I want to be cremated, my ashes put in a disco ball that can be bounced and passed around the room during my funeral while Donna Summer's "Last Dance" is blaring over the loudspeaker.
For gay men of a certain age, the passing of Donna Summer last week was a significant loss. Those of us in our late 40s and 50s remember this disco diva in her 1970s prime. Upon hearing the news of her death, all the memories attached to that time have come flooding back.
Donna Summer had such a profound impact on me as a young girl. I wanted to be like Donna Summer. Growing up in a small southern town in the seventies, to see someone who looked like me, a Black female with milk chocolate skin and huge hair wasn't very common.
To many they were just "has-beens" -- that is until their deaths revived their prestigious status.
And that's just it! Why do we always wait for artists to die to elevate them to their deserved level of "legends" when they had long earned the title while still alive?
I'm thankful I got the chance to meet both Donna Summer and Robin Gibb briefly and express my own thanks and appreciation for their remarkable musical legacies. Here's my playlist of songs by which I will remember these two wonderful artists.