Honor Thy Father, Honor Thy Tina

12 May

Why can’t life be a Tina Turner concert from the early 70’s?


Look at how amazing life would be if it were this –

I used to loathe listening to this woman. My father was, and still is, a huge supporter of this raven-haired D-I-V-A. He used to blare her on Sunday mornings to get my family up and ready for church, his version of biblical hymns I assumed. We would listen to her morning, noon, and night for a good while.

  • “Simply the Best,” cranked so high in a Chrysler Seabring with the top down that it broke the sound barrier while driving to Kemah Boardwalk? Check.
  • The hum of “Private Dancer,” echoing from my house, greeting me at the bus stop? Check.
  • His favorite, “Nutbush City Limits,” on constant repeat from the age of 14 until graduation day? Check.

The lyrics of Miss Turner were incepted into my mind from an early age and I hated it. “She isn’t 104 KRBE,” I would scream to him, “I hate this!” Once leaving for college I thought I had escaped the bejeweled grasp of Tina for the final time. Fast forward to last semester when I found the video above while cruising YouTube for videos of girls making fools of themselves on Next. Suddenly, it hit me – my dad had it right this whole time. Tina. Is. Awesome. So much passion and fun and glitter go into her performance that it’s a testament to my own self-control that I didn’t go to Buffalo Exchange and search for her dress in hopes that it would make my life as fantastic as her is in that video.

Tina, girl, I fought you for years, but because of that video I whole-heartedly give myself to you and your ferociousness from here on out. Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours.

2 Responses to “Honor Thy Father, Honor Thy Tina”

  1. KK May 13, 2011 at 3:04 AM #

    You make your Daddy proud!

  2. Meagan McLendon May 16, 2011 at 1:28 AM #

    A) Your wit NEEDS a blog, and I am way too excited to see it here.
    B) Tina was a love of Barb’s too. I recall having to buckle up and just deal with it in the backseat of her old Honda with Kate, so thank you for giving such a refreshing account of such a powerful and fantastic woman.
    C) Your post about the photos—yeah, made me happier than words can say. You’re incredible! And I’m glad our families and us became friends 🙂 We should all country hop again sometime.

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