Unless you've been hiding under a rock today, you know that the dazzling Disco Diva Donna Summer died from cancer earlier today. And so far in 2012, she's just the latest in a line of people who, with them, took a piece of my musical childhood.
Yes, I should not have been listening to "She Works Hard for the Money" but "Last Dance" was my jam from when I first heard Sandra Clark sing it to her beau on 227. But nothing compared to when Aunt Oona (played by Donna Summer) from Altoona performed it on Family Matters. She was beautiful and spirited then. I promise you if that episode was on right now, I would be watching it and I overdosed on Family Matters reruns a long time ago.
Now while "Last Dance" is the penultimate Donna Summer song for me, this song right here just does something for me. For one, it's a very empowering song for when you need to get rid of unneeded baggage. Two, her and Barbra Streisand are holding it all the way down and while I'm not the biggest Barbra Streisand fan, I will admit she can sing her butt off. (Anybody who can sing on command at a moment's notice the way she does gets much respect from me in this audiobox world.)
But this is about Donna. She never reached the ranks of Whitney, but she will always hold a special place in my heart. And because she always appeared to be so positive, I'm not going to waste another tear and will instead opt to listen to her greatest hits album the same way I always do.