I surrender to the ladder of my soul
the rungs of which lay bare my sorrow
I step the progressive road to life
though weary from the climb.

Perceptive though my thoughts may be
I sometimes jump into the fray
Pastoral arms recover me
and lead me day by day.

A light shines at the top
of the ladder of my soul
beckoning my ascent even
when I fall, grasping my
hand when I lose all hope
shining brilliantly as I grope.

Calm, I tread the quiet path
leading to love
atop the ladder of my soul.

©edie antoinette 2009


(Photo By Thomasz Alen Kopera)

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Comment by Classical on May 22, 2011 at 10:40am
Comment by Classical on May 22, 2011 at 10:38am
  1. play Stella Benson — Muse for My Brother
  2. play Paul Baker — Transcendence
  3. play Paul Baker — Awakening
  4. play Paul Baker — Heart's Gate
  5. play Paul Baker — Acceptance
  6. play Paul Baker — Synthesis
  7. play Paul Baker — Quartz
  8. play Paul Baker — Heart's Call
  9. play Paul Baker — Grace
  10. play Paul Baker — Loving
  11. play Paul Baker — Amethyst
  12. play Paul Baker — Forgiveness
  13. play Paul Baker — Azurite
  14. play Paul Baker — Compassion
  15. play Paul Baker — Aventurine
  16. play Paul Baker — Understanding
  17. play Paul Baker — Citrine
  18. play Paul Baker — Carnelian
  19. play Paul Baker — Ruby
Comment by Edie Antoinette on March 11, 2010 at 7:02pm
Hi Lady :D... I'm overjoyed that my little efforts help some. That's wonderful to hear! I hope you continue to improve and heal. I am also very sorry to hear about your good friend passing. Of course you can share this and whatever else you find encouraging on the site. I'm always glad to help.

Take Care of yourself and check in to let me know how it's going. I have something else for you that I think you will find soothing. I'll put it on your page.

Love and Respect~edie
Comment by Lady D. of Noetz on March 11, 2010 at 6:48pm
Hi Edie~ I so much really enjoy listening to the music that goes with the Ladder Of The Soul poem. It has been a hectic couple of months. I just got home from the hospital yesterday from surgery, and today found out another good friend just passed suddenly. So, here I am again in your pages... listening to this music that helps me to calm me and I fall asleep. I read you poem again, and it is so beautiful... and I was wondering if I may share that with my dear friends family. Hope all is well with you and yours.... Love & Light... Lady D
Comment by Edie Antoinette on February 9, 2010 at 10:51pm
Thank you Deborah. I really appreciate your encouraging words. I was reading an article about King David and how he soothed so many with his harp playing. That inspired my poem and the music compilation. Feel free to use it on your page my dear~e
Comment by Lady D. of Noetz on February 9, 2010 at 10:12pm
Edie, I love this music.... and I love your poetry, how it flows.... and I love how we have that in common.
I'd like to post this to my page, if I may. Deborah ~ Lady~D
Comment by Edie Antoinette on January 10, 2010 at 5:40pm
Thank you Cindy. It's therapeutic for me to write, and I like making a little production to enhance it.
I'm glad you enjoyed it. ~e
Comment by Edie Antoinette on December 7, 2009 at 8:29am
Thank you Gene...very much.
Comment by KnightD12 on December 7, 2009 at 6:03am
Beautiful poem, beautiful music ... even the graphic is right on. Well done Edie.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on December 6, 2009 at 9:52am
*laughin* It's funny how it hits me. I was reading an article about King David and how he invented and played beautifully, the harp--back in Bible times.

He was a musician, and poet--composing many of the Psalms. First I went and found the perfect harp music..and as it played, I wrote the poem above in 3 mins. My prose always flows out all at once with an inspired life of it's own...and like you say, "ahhhhhhh". This playlist really is relaxing, consisting of about 18 tracks. Thanks SoleSuggah, enjoy.

"The Poetress of Mama Edieism"? Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥

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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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