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Teena Marie (Pisces) It must be Magic

   Fri, March 12, 2010 - 1:04 PM

Happy Birthdaays Pisces ;-)

"Don't confuse me with the facts." Pisces quote

Teena Marie ~ It Must Be Magic

Tina Marie's - Out on a Limb

Teena Marie - Wishing on a Star

"I was twelve when I heard Teena Marie the first time. I was sitting in music class one day and one of my classmates had the "It Must Be Magic" album on her desk. I can't pick a favorite Teena Marie song because ALL of her songs have a very special place in my heart. Teena's music is real and not contrived. She sings from her heart and soul and I can feel her emotions, so we connect."

Teena Astrology

Mary Christine Brockert
Mar.5, 1956, time unknown
Santa Monica, California,
118W29 34N01
Noon Positions PST
Sun in Pisces 15°14'
Moon in Sagittarius 29°44'
Mercury in Aquarius 21°45'
Venus in Aries 27°38'
Mars in Capricorn 3°56'
Jupiter in Leo 24°11'R
Saturn in Sagittarius 2°47'
Uranus in Cancer 28°37'R
Neptune in Scorpio 0°07'R
Pluto in Leo 26°57'R
Eris in Aries 8°19'

With most of her planets in fire, Teena Marie knows how to put life and movement into her performances. This is one Pisces with lots of energy and passion. Most Sun in Pisces people are content to remain in the background, and while this is certainly part of Marie's nature, her other planets, notably Jupiter, Venus, and perhaps the Moon, bring her out into the spotlight. The Moon can be in Sagittarius or Capricorn depending on the exact time of birth. Mercury in Aquarius, unlike her Piscean Sun, is open, rebellious, and speaks out on the issues. There is an intellectual strength and stubborness here and an altruistic view of people and the world. Venus in Aries is also open and positive but but decidely more fiery and aggressive, especially where the love desires or passions are concerned. They value courage and strength and have a natural talent for self-expression.

Mars in Capricorn is often slow-moving and cautious but is an achiever who gets things done through careful planning and organizing. They have a sensual or earthy sex nature. Jupiter in Leo is a strong placement giving much pride, confidence, and creative ability. They succeed as lovers, leaders, and entertaners, and get along famously with children. Saturn in Sagittarius learns lessons of faith and morality and becomes an expert teacher, traveler, publicist, or spiritual counselor. Uranus in Cancer is moody, intuitive, and emotional, but for Pisces this is a liberating and creative placement. Uranus here brings change and innovation to the home and family sphere. Neptune in Libra is a generation of artists and poets who desire universal peace, harmony, and unity. They have a subtle and complex understandiing of people, society, and relationships in general. Pluto in Leo people have amazing force, presence, and creativity, and often leave their indelible mark in the arts or entertainment industry.

For nearly three decades, pint – sized, soul stirring songstress Teena Marie has undeniably been a force to be reckoned with in the nearly thirty years of her professional performing career. The accomplished singer, songwriter, producer and arranger has managed to consistently capture the hearts and spirits of millions of fans with her music. As we’ve listened to the passionate R&B grooves on her twelve studio albums and equal number of compilations, the love and emotion Teena Marie has expressed flows like the purest waterfall. On Sapphire, Ms. Marie’s second release on Cash Money Classics/Universal Motown, the vocalist shines brighter then ever.

The four times grammy nominated, Mary Christine Brockert had a strong African-American influence from her godmother. Blessed with the gift of music at a young age, the Santa Monica, California native was raised on Motown music. Singing Harry Belafonte by age two, Ms. Marie’s self-professed “Gift from God” would become fine-tuned as the years progressed.

Signed to her dream label at age 19, Teena Marie’s magic would be further developed under the tutelage of the legendary, Rick James. Her 1979 debut Wild And Peaceful, produced by James, garnered a #8 R&B single with “I’m A Sucker For Your Love.” One year later, her second and third albums, Lady T and Irons in the Fire were released, producing the hit classics “Behind The Groove” and “I Need Your Loving” respectively. By this time, Teena Marie took creative control of producing, writing and arranging her material. In 1981 Ms. Marie released the platinum selling It Must Be Magic, which featured the up-tempo “Square Biz” and slow jam “Portuguese Love.”

In 1982, Motown sued Teena Marie for breach of contract after she informed the label that she no longer wanted to perform; in turn, Ms. Marie filed a countersuit against the legendary company and won. The countersuit resulted in the landmark artists’ rights initiative known as “The Brockert Initiative,” - Ms. Marie’s last name - placing strict limitations on the length of artist/company contracts. This historical entertainment mandate states that no recording company can contractually bind an artist while refusing to release his/her product.

After winning the lawsuit, Teena Marie signed to Epic Records (1983), and went on to record five more albums throughout the late eighties and early nineties, including Starchild and the hit single “Lovergirl” and Naked to the World which features the smash hit “Ooo La La La.” Teena independently released Passion Play on her own Sarai Records in 1994, but it wasn’t until ten years later that she would resurface to again share her voice and talent with the world.

As the sole artist signed to Cash Money Classics, the subsidiary of New Orleans rap entity Cash Money Records, Teena released La Doña in 2004, which yielded the grammy nominated #1 hit “Still In Love.” Now with her latest effort Sapphire, Teena continues to bridge the gap across genres, cultures and colors.

The sudden passing of Teena Marie’s mentor and friend Rick James in 2005 served as the backdrop to the creation of Sapphire. Their often tumultuous, always fertile relationship served as inspiration once again, for Ms. Marie’s, as she put pen to paper and recalled the indescribable experience of working with such a creative force of nature as Rick James. “I really couldn’t deal with my pain and I think that God intervened. Actually, I felt like Rick was with me writing. Some nights I would just sit up in the bed like he tapped me on the shoulder ‘Get up and write this song.’

It was a blessing that I had that album to write because I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have that creative outlet.” Titled after an unreleased Rick James tune of the same name about the history of African-American women, Teena Marie also recalled that sometimes James referred to her as 'his sapphire.' While the process to create Sapphire was healing, the album is also uplifting, centered in love and layered with romantic, even sexy overtones.

Teena Marie’s creative muse was also stirred by her relationship with her 14-year old daughter Alia Rose who appears throughout Sapphire. Ms. Teena describes their musical relationship comparable to Eddie and Gerald Levert, calling Alia “mini me…When we sing together in harmony you can’t tell us apart. It’s like the whole family thing, there’s something so magical about that. She’s really talented and it’s beautiful to watch this flower bloom.”

“Resilient (Sapphire)” featuring Alia Rose tells a powerful and honest tale. Ms. Marie originally wrote the song in honor of her best friend’s grandmother Demitra, a Holocaust survivor. Coincidentally, Demitra died around the same time as Rick James. Propelled by Demitra’s story and life coupled with the unfortunate advent of Hurricane Katrina, Teena Marie and Alia’s duet was born. “I thought that would be a great testimony to Demitra to take a piece of what happened because she lived that same kind of life.”

With guest appearances by Smokey Robinson, Kurupt and Gerald Albright, making Sapphire became a family affair for Teena Marie. As a member of first generation Motown, Smokey Robinson was Ms. Marie’s silent mentor and idol before she was even signed to the label. Nicknamed Little Smokey by her teenage peers, Teena Marie studied his writing through song, “his lyrics, love poetry, that’s how I really feel I learned how to write.” Collaborating for the first time on “God Has Created” and “Cruise Control,” the musical chemistry was potent. “Smokey is just so brilliant.”

I just had to sit back, relax, and watch a master do his thing. The music, he just loved it so much because it was so Smokey Robinson influenced. My whole career was so influenced by him that it just fit, it was a perfect fit.”

Being the first R&B artist to rap and sing on her own records, Ms. Marie has contributed much to the world of hip-hop and, in turn positive hip-hop in it’s purest form influenced her. Kurupt, his wife Gail Gotti and her sister Queen all lend their talents to Sapphire. As she describes it: “They’re like my grown kids.” Intrigued by the rap, sung, spoken word combination, Teena Marie wrote the rhyme Kurupt performs on “Baby Who’s Is It,” while Gail Gotti and Queen do their own thing on “Ladies Choice.”

Forever young, Teena Marie is as focused and passionate as ever: “What I think they [the listener] will feel is the sincerity of the lyrics. The younger people, I think they’ll get to hear what we [Rick James & Teena] were and more of who I am. I’m most proud professionally, of the legacy I've been able to create through my music. I also still get a charge when I see all those faces out there during a live performance. Faces that have looked back at me and touched me the way I hope I've touched them. Believe me that feeling shines as bright as any gem."

Track listing

"I'm a Sucker For Your Love" 5:52
"Turnin' Me On" 6:06
"Don't Look Back" (Smokey Robinson, Ronald White) 7:32
"Déjà Vu (I've Been Here Before)" 7:38
"I'm Gonna Have My Cake (And Eat it Too)" (Holland, Marie) 5:30
"I Can't Love Anymore" 7:11

Wild and Peaceful (1979)
Lady T (1980)
Irons in the Fire (1980)
It Must Be Magic (1981)
Robbery (1983)
Starchild (1984)
Emerald City (1986)
Naked to the World (1988)
Ivory (1990)
Passion Play (1994)
La Doña (2004)
Sapphire (2006)


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Fri, March 12, 2010 - 1:08 PM

Lady T (Teena Marie album)

Track listing

"Behind The Groove" (Marie, Richard Rudolph) 6:07
"Now That I Have You" (A. Philips, Richard Rudolph, Claudia Talbot) 5:32
"Lonely Desire" (Marie, Richard Rudolph, Dwayne Wedlaw) 4:39
"Aladdin's Lamp" (Marie) 4:55
"You're All the Boogie I Need" (Mickey Hearn, Marie) 5:44
"Can It Be Love" (Marie, Dwayne Wedlaw) 4:24
"Young Girl in Love" (J. Jones, Marie) 3:55
"Why Did I Have To Fall in Love With You" (Marie, Sopuch) 4:45
"Too Many Colors (Tee's Interlude)" (Marie) 3:10
"Why Can't I Get Next to You" (Marie) 3:58
"Co-Pilot to Pilot" (Marie) 4:23

Irons in the Fire Track listing

"I Need Your Lovin'" (Marie) 7:31
"Young Love" (Marie) 5:29
"First Class Love" (Marie) 5:06
"Irons in the Fire" (Marie) 3:33
"Chains" (Marie) 7:11
"You Make Love Like Springtime" (Marie) 4:59
"Tune in Tomorrow" (Hearn, Marie) 6:26
"You Make Love Like Springtime (Reprise)" (Marie) 3:26

It Must Be Magic Track listing

"It Must Be Magic" (Teena Marie) 6:07
"Revolution" (Teena Marie) 4:27
"Where's California" (Teena Marie) 5:24
"365" (Teena Marie) 4:10
"Opus III (Does Anybody Care)" (Teena Marie) 1:27
"Square Biz" (Teena Marie/Allen McGrier) 6:40
"The Ballad of Cradle Rob and Me" (Teena Marie/Jill D. Jones) 3:24
"Portuguese Love" (Teena Marie) 7:17
"Yes Indeed" (Teena Marie) 4:57
"Square Biz [Instrumental]" (Teena Marie) 6:40 (expanded edition)
"Someday We'll All Be Free" (Donny Hathaway) 1:57 (expanded edition - live recording)
"Déjà Vu"
Wed, March 17, 2010 - 12:34 PM