The First Time I Heard…Erykah Badu (Demo)

The First Time I Heard…Erykah Badu (Demo)

In recounting the first time I heard Erykah Badu, I wish I could say that “it was a stormy night. You know the kind where the lightning strikes? And I was hanging out with some of my artsy friends.” but unfortunately, that was not the case at all.  I was at home in...
The First Time I Heard…George Michael (Demo)

The First Time I Heard…George Michael (Demo)

  I wasn’t around for the rock ‘n roll British invasion of the sixties but I sure do remember the impact that British acts had in the eighties. The Police, Culture Club, and Duran Duran, were as much a part of American culture as their American born and bred...
The First Time I Heard…Chaka Khan (Demo)

The First Time I Heard…Chaka Khan (Demo)

      In 1984, breakdancing was all the rage. (If you missed out on this period of parachute pants, neon clothes and glow in the dark bracelets, I feel sorry for you. Maybe these things will make their way back around again). At the height of this...
The First Time I Heard…Rod Temperton (Demo)

The First Time I Heard…Rod Temperton (Demo)

British composer and musician Rod Temperton, passed away last month at age 66 in London. He was the first songwriter I knew by name that wasn’t also an artist during my childhood. This is because I was absolutely obsessed with liner notes as a kid. I spent countless...
The First Time I Heard…Prince (Demo)

The First Time I Heard…Prince (Demo)

When Prince’s Controversy album dropped in 1981, I was just a little kid. I mean, “still believing that the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus were undoubtedly real” little. I remember one Christmas we went down south to Shreveport, Louisiana where most of my family still...