It hurts to love someone
and not be loved in return,
but what is most painful is to love someone
and never finding the courage to let the
person know how you feel.

Maybe God wants us to meet
a few wrong people
before meeting the right one
so that when we finally
meet the right person,
we should know how to be grateful for that gift.

Love is when you take away the feeling,
the passion, the romance -
and you find out you still care for that person.

A sad thing about life
is when you meet someone
that means a lot to you,
only to find out in the end,
that it was never bound to be
and you just have to let go.

When one door of happiness closes,
another opens but often we look
so long at the closed door
that we don't see the one
which has been opened for us.

The best kind of friend
is the one you could sit on a porch,
and swing with,
never say a word,
and then walk away
feeling like that was the best
conversation you've had.

It's true that we don't know
what we've got until we lose it,
but it's also true that we don't know
what we've been missing until it arrives.

Giving someone all your love
is never an assurance that they'll love you back,
don't expect love in return,
just wait for it to grow in their
hearts but if it doesn't,
be content it grew in yours.

There are things you love to hear
but you would never hear
it from the person from whom
you would like to hear it,
but don't be deaf to hear it from the person
who says it with his heart.

Never say goodbye
when you still want to try ,
never give up when
you still feel you can take it,
never say you don't love that person
anymore when you can't let go.

Love comes to those who still hope,
even though they've been disappointed,
to those who still believe ,
even though they've been betrayed,
need to love those who still love
even though they've been hurt before.

It takes a minute
to have a crush on someone,
an hour to like someone
and a day to love someone,
but it takes a lifetime
to forget someone.

Don't go for looks,
it can deceive,
don't go for wealth,
even that fades away.
Go for someone
who makes you smile
because only a smile
makes a dark day seem bright.
Hope you find that person.

There are moments in life
when you really miss someone
that you want to pick them
from your dreams
and hug them for real.
Hope you dream of that someone.

Dream what you want to dream,
go where you want to go,
be what you want to be,
cause you have only one life
and one chance to do all the
things you want in life.

May you have enough happiness
to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong,
enough sorrow to keep you human,
enough hope to make you happy
and enough money to buy me gifts
Always put yourself in other's shoes.
If you feel that it hurts you,
it probably hurts the person, too.

A careless word may kindle strife,
a cruel word may wreck a life,
a timely word may level stress,
a loving word may heal and bless.

The beginning of love
is to let those we love
be perfectly themselves,
and not to twist them with our own image,
otherwise, we love only
the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

The happiest of people
don't necessarily have the best of everything
they just make the most of everything
that comes along their way.

Happiness lies for those who cry,
those who hurt, those who
have searched and those who have tried.
For only they can appreciate
the importance of people
who have touched their lives.

Love starts with a smile,
develops with a kiss and ends with a tear.

The brightest future
will always be based on a forgotten past,
you can't go on well in life
until you let go of your past
failures and heartaches.

When you were born,
you were crying
and everyone around you was smiling,
live your life so that when you die,
you're smiling
and everyone around you is crying.

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Comment by Boo on October 2, 2009 at 8:38pm
Thanks Baby Girl

Gene I am suprized you read this ... you know guys don't care for this kind of stuff.
Comment by KnightD12 on October 2, 2009 at 10:38am
I saw a few lines in there that I can testify about. That was a nice poem Bert.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 2, 2009 at 7:18am
This is beautiful Bert!

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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) 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 ::

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