We all know her story, many of us have lived aspects of it. She has become the physical representation of what we want to believe lives somewhere inside of every disadvantaged person: determination, perseverance, and the ability to triumph over a system that is stacked against us. Over the past 55 (!) years Tina has even helped to coax that out of us from time to time.
My selection of the day is a great example. This is from Ike & Tina Turner's LP "Come Together" which is a psychedelic soul masterpiece and easily in my top 10 favorite soul LPs of all time. This is their sequel to Curtis Mayfield's anthem of the Civil Rights Movement "Keep on Pushin," a song they had performed in their live act for years. Their rock-infused, fuzz-frenzied, soul freakout, turns up the urgency in the fight against the machine. It's a message just as relevant today as it was when it was first released 44 years ago, which perhaps makes it all the more compelling. To me it still sounds fresh, raw, and real.
REALNESS, that's what we're gonna need a whole lot more of it we're going to keep on pushing for a lasting change in America.