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last dance by donna summer. i have to admit that it doesn't seem quite right having two tributes to two different musical artists in the same month, and both losing battles to cancer. i remember when i first heard donna summer's wildly popular song, she works hard for the money in the 1980s. i was young, around 11 years old. at that age, i didn't know anything about feminism or what it meant to be a strong, independent woman, but i remember the song having a gravitational pull on me. maybe because my mom worked full time and i thought about her every time the song came on the radio. i definitely saw her struggle as she tried to balance work and raising a family. now in her retired years, she often tells me how she wished she could have stayed home full time with my sister and me. hm, just as i'm pondering returning to work. don't you just hate those grass-is-always-greener conundrums?!

rest in peace, ms. summer.



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  1. Such a fab and upbeat disco ditty, love it. It reminds me of my disco dancing childhood, although I cannot remember a specific occasion. Another sad cancer story, and now we have Robin Gibb to pay tribute to also. True, it's a conundrum but you have to go with your heart x

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  2. I've had her songs in my iPod since I've owned it. She was part of a great pop culture era- my favorite, Disco! Her songs make me want to dance and always put me in a good mood.

    Teri

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  3. Waiting for my flight to Berlin I caught the news and the sad passing of Ms Summer. I LOVED her disco songs and my teenage years are full of beautiful memories... the dancing:)

    You know we are constantly being tested and it's how we cope with the testing that brings us a step forward. Also remember the 2 steps forward and 1 step backwards...

    You'll work it all out...

    RIP Ms Summer

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  4. Oooh T, it's like every week we come to your blog to hear a tribute to a recently expired musical legend! There seem to be so many artists dying at the moment! As Sam said, BeeGees next week? (love the beegees!).

    Yesterday I showed Richard the photo of Eames on Erin's blog and now he wants her too. Can we borrow her for a weekend or something?

    xx

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  5. I was so saddened by the news of Donna Summer's passing. I had no idea she was ill so it came as a total shock to me.

    She was a family favourite when I was growing up so you could say her music was the soundtrack to my childhood. RIP Donna. :(

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  6. I just can't believe how many of our entertainers are dying. It's all so very sad : (

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  7. i love how this songs starts out mellow & then goes into total disco mode! love it!! totally brightened my monday :)

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  8. it's sad. she was young. thanks for sharing. also the working/stay home mom thing - you have to do what works for you and your children/spouse. it's an important choice, but there isn't one "right" answer. happy tuesday!

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  9. What a crazy year it's been for music-loss it's been. Donna was never the complete backdrop of my childhood, but boy she was threaded through my life. Sad that she had to say goodbye so soon. And sad too, I thought that her closest friends were so shocked and didn't really know. Good-byes are important aren't they? xo

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  10. Ohh, I didn't know she'd passed! I must have missed the news, how sad. I love all of her music, and there isn't a wedding I've been to where "Last Dance" didn't come on near the end of the night. My mom will be especially upset as she spent many a night in the 70s and early 80s in discos dancing to Donna Summers' hits. Such a sad loss!
    xo

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  11. We were all so lucky to have had her as a part of our music lexicon and her music always puts me in a good mood. Sad to see her leave this earth, but so happy we'll still have her music to groove to.

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