What is Tune Tuesday: If you like America, new music always comes out on Tuesdays. In the beginning, that’s when I started talking about music the most. Every Tuesday would be different songs from every genre that I was listening to at that time. Now I’m creating new themes for these days, So for this theme it’s obviously women, talking about all kinds of music divas from different time periods. I’d like to stay around the decades that I know about, the first post had The Superemes and Aretha Franklin and sadly I don’t listen to a lot of their music, but I still consider them as femme fatales in their own right. Each week, you will be learning or remembering powerful female singers from the 80’s,90’s, early 00’s to now. I’m also talking about princesses who will be powerful queens in a few years tops. This is a place to have fun and dance and sing to your favorite songs! Enjoy!
TLC is a group that everybody should remember from the early 90’s, Chilli, T-Boz, and the late Left Eye. It all started in 1992 with the debut of their first album, Oooooooooohh… On the TLC Tip, but I never heard of them until their second album, CrazySexyCool came out just two years later in 1994. I vaguely remember hearing the songs “Creep” and Waterfalls” playing on various R&B commercials growing up, I’m kidding that’s how I actually learned the whole chorus of “Waterfalls” by those early morning infomercials. In 1999 they released their third album, FanMail and the two tracks you might remember from this album would be “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty.” At that time, I was a pretty big fan of NS and so was my mom. Which is the reason why I always listen to it with my headphones to dodge her from singing the chorus. Too bad I never had headphones back in the day, those could have helped a lot those days. Sadly, I don’t remember ever liking any songs from their fourth album 3D. This album came out after the death of Left Eye. Just last year, their was a TLC CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story was first featured on VH1 in the fall of 2013. The film stars Keke Palmer as Chilli, Lil Mama as Left Eye, and Drew Sidora as T-Boz.
Aaliyah is another R&B singer that had incredible voice that was taken too soon from this world. In 1994 her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” One of the producers that helped out on her first was a newbie, R. Kelly. I don’t remember liking any tracks from his first album, but for her second album, I did like the title track, “One In A Million” a lot. On her third album, Aaliyah I did like the song “Rock The Boat” a little bit. On the “I Care 4 U” album, I was in love with “Are You That Somebody” and “Try Again” This album was released a year after she died.
I do remember Janet Jackson fairly well, I mean who doesn’t remember her being in Jackson 5? Would you believe it if I said, I heard her music before I heard anything of her brother Michael’s? I still remember mornings before school, my mom would get us ready and I would sit in front of our huge TV back in the day and I sang and danced to her song, “All For You” I mean that song was my jam, as I am working on this post, I like to listen to different songs from each artists/groups to get into the mood. I’m having a bit of trouble keeping myself contained at the moment. I like her others, “Call On Me,” “So Excited,” “Luv It Luv It,” and I remember discovering “All Nite (Don’t Stop)” on VH1 in the very early mornings in 2004-ish.
Out of everybody on this list, Destiny’s Child is the only one that I remember throughout the years, to the point I have three of their albums. I have Survivor, Destiny Fulfilled, and #1’s. I was really upset when I heard that they were breaking up, but I didn’t think it wasn’t going to happen. Beyonce was going to go out on her own, one way or another. I am pretty picky when it comes to listening to full albums, I was always into the single only even in the early 00’s. This was before getting singles were a popular thing like it is now. Of course, now I’m backwards! Anyways, I was addicted to that Survivor album. I remember waking up one morning, my birthday actually and the sun hadn’t come up yet, everybody was still asleep, I guess I had listened to their song “Happy Face” and that was what got me through my day, I remembered that intro and chorus, I was just happy for the day and everybody loves a song that can do that for you, especially on your birthday. Sadly, I don’t remember how my day really was but at least I remember the beginning of it.