My good friend and pilot, Dr. James Flowers, was flying over Los Angeles today when suddenly there was commotion. First it was air traffic control, then it was United, then it was Southwest and then Delta. All of them said the same thing. “Be on the lookout for an angel. That angel is Tina Turner.” At that moment James was able to snap the sky.

Airplane Picture

There’s no doubt in my mind that Tina is flying, high rolling down the river. An icon to the global community, she has been my own personal private inspiration for me since I was a starstruck 16 year old high school student who was introduced to her and her music at the Shadyside Academy prom. I was of course dressed in a cute, prim and proper spaghetti strap white dress, with flats, and there was Tina shimmering on the dance floor and later rocking out in the Hill district of Pittsburgh with Ike. I could not take my eyes off her. I loved the rasp in her voice and was hypnotized by her moves. She captivated me. I am not sure what it was — was it her strength, the way she moved or that devilish twinkle in her eye? There was something about her demeanor, something about the way she sounded, something about her style, something about her resilience, and something about her charm that engulfed me when I was young, and that same youthful jubilation has followed me.

Tina was energetic, triumphant, and full of vitality. She showed me how to be heroic in the face of adversity. As we have come to know, Tina weathered much abuse — substance, physical, and mental cruelty. She gave up everything and walked away from a marriage that belittled her. With guts and courage, she reinvented herself, demonstrating, endurance brightness, exuberance, determination, intensity, love, light and peace.

And for those who know me, know that Proud Mary has always been my anthem and every morning when I walk into my office, I get to be greeted by an iconic photograph of her as she takes on the stage and world. Also

  1. For my 60 th birthday dance party the special guest was Tina
  2. Every soul cycle birthday I ride to Tina.
  3. Every time I need to jump start her music fills the air
  4. Thanks to Kusnacht when  I was in Switzerland ,I got to peek at the outside of her home which is right near Carl Jung’s house.

While in London, I saw her play when it first opened. More recently there are times when I have stayed at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood where she magnificently towered larger than life over my room and while having lunch at the  Bel Aire Hotel her  iconic triptych danced before my eyes.

Truth is like that star stuck teenager, I’ve followed her in the press, have been fascinated how she discovered joy and solace in Buddhism, as well as, had the love of her life and gave so much of her persona to the world through song.

So it’s with a heavy heart, that I send this special tribute to a woman ( a transcendent legend) that I have found from the ripe old age of 16 to be a woman of valor, a woman and mother of courage and a woman of vitality triumph and  victory so wherever you are Tina I want to Thank You. You will always be my “Proud Mary” and  you will  always continue like a Zen master to teach me to keep falling up!

I carry your words in my heart.

“People think my life has been tough, but I think it’s been a wonderful journey. The Older you get, the more you realize it’s not what happens, but how you deal with it.”

Tina, you embraced life with grace, dignity, resilency and joy. You Fell Up when things went down. Thank you for enriching so many people’s lives through music, actions, and your gracious soul. Thank you for always Letting us know that “Happiness Becomes Her.”

Tina Turner Tribute