Today's FMF video is bittersweet. Yesterday we lost an iconic BGLU: Donna Summer. Toya and I are huge fans of Mrs. Sudano (google it if you have to) and we are keeping her family in our prayers.
I was living with my dad the year "This Time I Know It's For Real" came out. I'd taken a "time-out" from my mom and gone to stay with my father. It had very little to do with the fact that my dad had full cable and more to do with him being far more lenient than my mom.
I used to watch VH1 every day. My dad used to joke that they were going to have to do an episode of Pop-Up Video about my life if I kept watching it so often. (That would be a boring episode as all I did was go to school, play basketball and watch music videos.)
While I don't remember the exact day, I remember the lead-in from then VJ Rosie O'Donnell (remember VJs) introducing the new video from Queen of Disco, Donna Summer. Of course I was more than familiar with Donna Summer. I remember listening to "On The Radio" while riding around with my mom in her brown Fiat with leather seats in the hot Texas sun. (Seriously...Texas + Leather Seats = NOT THE BUSINESS.) But in 1989 my frame of reference for Donna Summer pretty much revolved exclusively around disco. So I really had no idea what to expect from TTIKIFR.
When I tell you I loved that song IMMEDIATELY, I do not exaggerate. It was so happy and bouncy. Plus, the dancing they were doing in it were so easy. If you could do the running man you could do these dances. I used to anxiously wait for this and anything from Breathe to come on VH1.
My childhood has taken a beating in the last several months. The death of Donna Summer is not one that I or Toya will get over quickly. But I'm ever so grateful for the legacy of music that she left and for the love she showed to those around her. She will be missed in a way that I can't quite articulate.