Not sure if anyone will ever read this, but that is also a freeing thought. Nevertheless, I will intersperse my thoughts with a list of some of my favorite funk songs in order to stave off monotony and keep the page looking clean.
When I was 6 months old I was carried out of a burning building. Just after I turned 4, my mother died of cancer on her wedding anniversary. Two years later my dad died too. Cancer again. I went to live with my granny, who became my second mother. She passed away when I was ten.
“It’s Your Thing” — The Isley Brothers
I then lived a bunch of other places, with a bunch of other families, I might get into all that some other time. Don’t want to dwell on the negative. One thing though, if you have, or if your children have, the true, unconditional love of a parent, be grateful for it. I’ve often wondered what that is like to receive. I do know what it is like to give – and that is fantastic.
“Love Rollercoaster” — Ohio Players
This is an odd thing to live on as a lingering memory, and I’ve always wondered why it survives in the back of my brain: When I was about ten I had asked an Aunt if she could possibly buy me a set of these little Marvel action figures. You know, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America etc. There was this really cool set of them and it was all I really wanted. She kept telling me the store was out of stock, yet I would see my friends getting the same set. For the longest time I thought I had terrible luck with the toy store stocking schedule, when it turns out my luck was probably lacking in the aunt department.
“P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)” — Parliament
All these years later, whenever I’m in Target or some such place, I can’t help but notice the Marvel action figures. I almost want to buy them for myself, but they never, ever have that full set that I saw as a child. I bet that original set is worth a small fortune now, like all the comic books that my aunt threw away when I was at school. I don’t think mom and dad would’ve done that.
“Shinin’ Star” – Earth Wind & Fire
See you (if there is a you) next time!