Alberta Adams: “God put me here to sing the blues.”

Alberta Adams, “Queen of the Blues”, passed to her rest on Christmas Day. The tap dancer turned singer lived her life to the full, and always remained a great lady in the good and bad times which came her way.

She arrived on this planet on July 26, 1917 in Indianapolis and was raised in Detroit where her destiny was realized in the Hastings Street clubs where one could find a bit of relief from the harsh realities of life. It was at the Club B/C where she was asked to sing because Kitty Stevenson was under the weather. This was the start of a glorious career.

Miss Adams did not have an easy childhood. Her mother was an alcoholic and the state removed her and her two siblings from maternal care. As anyone knows who had an alcoholic mother, the disease was all consuming and children became outcasts if there were no other family members around to help with their care.

An aunt in Detroit adopted her, but times were hard and food was scarce around that table. At 14 she moved out and fended for herself.

The world is sadder for such a loss of talent. However, I am sure her song blends very well with the cosmic orchestra since the blues tell the story of life on this planet traversing the cosmos.

2015 is under way. So, how is your January going?

Are those New Year Resolutions still fresh on the wall calendar or have they faded just a wee bit as the hustle and bustle of the new year jumps into high gear?

Whatever your musical tastes may be, embrace the music of life. Allow your music to lead your dance steps as you journey the road of life in 2015.

G. D. Williams © 2015

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