Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Thursday, December 13, 2007

. . . For Goodness Sake

You already know this, you may have one of the best meals of your life at a restaurant. But then you visit it again a week later and the service is horrible and the food is mediocre. What will you remember most about the place? We always tend to remember the bad instances more so than the good.

Unfortunately, that will be the case for Ike Turner. Turner passed away yesterday at the age of 76. He is properly credited with being the Father of Rock & Roll. Yes, a black man gave birth to this musical genre. His 1958 record Rocket 88 allows him to claim this title.

His musical genuis falls in the shadow of his much publicized drug use and abuse of his wife Tina. And that is the legacy that he will carry with him. Yes he penned many brilliant songs and influenced probably thousands of musicians that followed in his path. There are some that will acknowledge his positive contributions and make note of the successes he had. But the majority will condemn him for all the bad things he did.
I want to remember Ike for the great things he did while he was here. Don't get it twisted, I know the things he did were fucked up. But he has done his time and asked for amends. I believe a person can be rehabilited and will believe he was sincere.
Rest in peace Ike.

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