The world lost another legendary voice yesterday when the beautiful Donna Summer was taken. She was only 63 years old. I will miss her music and her being very much. It is difficult for me to put into words how much Donna Summer has meant to me throughout my life, but I will try.
I have loved Disco music my whole life. It’s an easy thing to say now that it is in fashion again, but there was a time when being a big fan of Disco wasn’t popular. Like say the entirety of the nineties. But I stuck to my guns and put on my boogie shoes no matter what anybody said to me. Part of the allure of Disco, at least for me, are the voices. And one of the best was Donna Summer.
When I was little I saw a movie called “Thank God It’s Friday” starring one young Jeff Goldblum, a young Debra Winger and Miss Donna Summer. Sure, there are other people in the movie but they don’t really matter. Either does the plot – not really. It’s one of those Friday Night movies where everything happens in one night and everyone magically ends up in the same place at the end of the movie. Donna Summer plays Nicole, a girl who just wants to be a Disco star. And after seeing this movie I wanted to be a Disco star too. It might seem like a small thing to some of you, but that woman shaped my view of music and my own vocal talent. I wanted to sing big songs the way she did. I wanted to hit big notes the way she did in “Last Dance” or in “On the Radio”. And you know what? I can. Donna Summer taught me how to sing, how to perform and how to be a Disco Queen.
I’ll always hold fond memories of roller skating at Moonlight Roller Rink in Glendale, California while listening to the Queen of Disco belt out “Hot Stuff” or “Bad Girls”. I have Donna Summer to thank for me winning some pretty good amounts of money at karaoke contests. I have Donna Summer to thank for teaching me how to sing a sexy song without having to be slutty. Basically she was a super badass babe and I will miss her.
Rest in peace beautiful Donna Summer.