Thursday, May 17, 2012


Donna Summer (December 31,1948-May 17, 2012)

Our prayers go out to the family, friends and fans of Donna Summer who passed away this morning from cancer. You may remember us featuring the group JohnnySwim on our blog. Amanda Sudano is her daughter and also someone we know and love. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

On a more personal note, one of my earliest memories of Donna Summer's music was making up dances in my living room to "Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)" as a child. I have always been terribly enamored with Donna Summer's voice. It just had so much body to it and I have always taken to sultry altos. Far from fragile and light, to me her voice always personified feminine strength to the tenth degree. For lack of a better description (because I really am struggling to put forth words right now) Donna Summer was to me what I thought a real woman is: So beautiful, so strong, and just regal. She was a queen. Not just a disco queen but an absolute real queen. You want to talk BGLU icons? She was the epitome.

 The first time I saw Donna Summer in person was in church. I was sitting in the pew and she came and sat directly in front of me. I lost all concentration. I couldn't say one word for fear that "MacArthur Park" that was playing repeatedly in my head at the time would make its way out and I would start mumbling something about someone's cake being left out in the rain. I finally confessed to her daughter Amanda a few years back that since that day, I had been around her a few more times at church and I just could not bring myself to talk to her. I completely avoided her. I even sat next to her once and I just couldn't do it. I had too much to say. Now that she's gone, you think I'd regret that. Somehow I don't. I really don't. Maybe because had I gotten to know her, this would hurt worse than this does right now. Maybe because of the fact that I was perfectly fine with the image I have always had of her in my mind. From what I know about her from friends that have known her and toured with her, my image of her was not far fetched at all. She was indeed royalty.

Well done Miss Summer. We love you.- Toya

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