Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Soul Tracks

It's hard to believe but it's been almost 30 years since Motown introduced us to Teena Marie. Her debut album mesmerized us and we were shocked when we discovered Lady T was much lighter than we assumed. Today's selection, 'Deja Vu(I've Been Here Before),' appears on Teena Marie's classic Rick James produced debut Wild and Peaceful. Written by Lady T's one time lover Rick James, 'Deja Vu(I've Been Here Before,' reveals Teena's admiration for Minnie Riperton. With lyrics such as "I used to be a queen you know...on an island by the sea...with rainbow colored people...happy as can be...we never had a problem...there never was a care...the love was ever flowing and it's feeling shared..." Lady T divulges into mysticism, reminiscent of Minnie's 'Take A Little Trip' and 'Close Your Eyes and Remember.' Sit back and enjoy this Motown classic.