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So many nights
have passed
and waved hello
to the entering sun
while fading beyond
the stars and beyond
my dreams.

Throughout them all,
I've thought about
your eyes,
and the way they
'told' me things
that my heart needed
and wanted to hear.


I miss those nights.


The feelings
have engraved
a permanent place
in my being,
like so many
resting treasures
in the stream of
time..
and river of my love.

I can't forget
nor do I want to.


©edie antoinette 2007

Musings...
I was not prepared
for what I encountered,
but then how could I be?
I like it that way though--
because it was pure
and unrehearsed.

I walked in, looked around,
and was immediately
arrested by an
inimitable beauty,
uniquely your's.

I struggled then,
with all of my
might,
to get away
without looking
foolish.

With every vestige of my
being,
I tried to appear
only slightly affected
..but you saw
right through me.

You 'knew'.

I'm speechless, and left here
to fend for myself.

The funniest thing about this is
that I can't move--think--breathe.
I'm arrested, captured, mesmerized.

I believe strongly that this is
the way it should be,
and even though
I can't function in the
manner that I'm accustomed to,
I relish these moments that have
lasted all day and into the
night
..and back into the day.

I believe it's called
love,
or maybe it's just the gift
of being able to recognize
what I see and feel.
Oh what a gift. What power...

I feel helpless, caught in between
what I want to do..
and what I should do
..trapped by my own emotions,
wanting and needing
to cry my eyes out..
for a release
lest I implode and suffer
a miserable and pitiable
demise.

I'm groping, lost--unable
to realize a congealing
of thoughts ..
and I clamor for reality.
This feeling is
....so deliciously
beautiful.

I think
I'll ride this soft
wave..relax upon it;
draw from it--let it
lead me to that place
that I call home,
that inviting
shelter...called
you.

The best part of
life is feeling a
connection to another,
one who can actually
'feel' and understand
what you're trying to
say.

You work so hard to
present your gifts
to the world, and
it seems like nobody
notices, or cares--
then someone comes
along that 'gets' it,
and it scares you
practically to ..death.
The pureness of it
scares you almost into
a coma..

Finally, a reprieve
from the usual..
a bath of ecstasy
..and oh how sweet.

© edie antoinette 2008

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At 8:08pm on February 6, 2017, Edie Antoinette said…
At 1:47pm on July 30, 2011, Daton O Fullard said…
Hi there Edie..Where is my Friend..I have been looking all over for you..Is all well..? Leave me a note or something ok..Jus a lil worried and concerned..daton df52650@gmail.com
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At 8:50pm on October 17, 2010, Edie Antoinette said…
Thanks Cindy!!! I like the tag...
At 9:55pm on June 25, 2009, Boo said…
HI MISS. EDIE ANTOINETTE.....NEEDED SOMEPLACE TO GO AND RELAX.....THIS IS THE PLACE......I AM TRYING TO GET INTO JAZZ SO FAR IT SOUNDS GOOD.HEARING ABOUT FARRAH AND MICHAEL WAS JUST A LITTLE TO MUCH PLUS I AM NOT FEELING WELL....TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER.
At 1:27pm on May 27, 2009, Lydell Jackson said…
I may never learn my lesson...but I'll always Love the teacher...
At 10:58pm on May 26, 2009, Boo said…
OMG I love this page,I just got a history lesson looking at the pictures. Antoinette that is so pretty and different. Keep on doing what you do and..... YOU GO GIRL !!!!!!!LOL
At 7:53pm on May 25, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
I hate my page....LOL. I can't think of anything at the moment, my mind is drawing blanks...I just love your creative juices, that's my Mama E....SMILE
At 7:08pm on May 25, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
How in the world did this page get by me....LOL. This is tight then Ricks dredlocks....LOL
At 12:40pm on April 1, 2009, Saint said…
OK ..I'm starting to get dizzy now.....
 
 
 

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue



The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 


As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.

 

The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) yahoo.com and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
   
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
   
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)
 



Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

Sounds of Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

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