Memories still in my mind – The Isley Brothers

I was literally running to catch my plane at the Atlanta International Airport no more than 30 minutes ago and who did I see, the one and only Ronnie Isley. Songs like; Fight the Power, Go all the Way, Harvest for the World and Between the Sheets. Songs that gave you memories that will last forever. I still get memories from their songs today.

The Brothers that I grew up with in New Orleans have followed me my entire life. From The Big Easy to Okinawa, Hong Kong, The Philippines and another 36 States along the way. When I met the man that sang so sweet he made me feel like a bird in flight on a sunny day, I could not contain my joy. My smile was bigger than any before because my jaw hurt afterwards.

I found solace in their music when times were tough and growing up times always seemed tough. Alcoholic Father, absent Mom and no one to provide direction to a boy becoming a man before his time and then in walk The Isley Brothers. Ernie Isley / Marvin Isley / O’Kelly Isley / Ronald Isley / Rudolph Isley / Chris Jasper who by the way is really Chris Isley, were all the inspiration I needed. FIGHT THE POWER was my mantra. I played this album so much that I had to hit the turntable every revolution or it couldn’t get out of the groove. I was forever in the groove with The Isley’s.

Soft mellow music of a bye gone era or hard thumping funk that had even this white boy dancing like I stole something. It seemed that all of the songs had meaning not only to me but to the Isley’s themselves. No one could ever make the kind if music they did without actually feeling the passion that created it.

Ronnie looked the same to me as he did 40 years ago. Yes, a little older but no worse for wear and he still had that smile that would melt the stone of any hard hearted woman. He still made me feel free like I didn’t have a care in the world.  I owe a lot to the Isley’s. I’m sure they have a lot of other fans just like me. Music only means something when it was good to you or pulled you out of the funk and the Brothers still mean the world to me.



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