By Janet Kelly
I DON’T know a lot about music but I do know that I loved Tina Turner. Sure, I grew up on the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, but in my mid-to-late 30s and long after, it was Tina who was singing to me. While I was watching the news coverage today, tears came to my eyes for this woman whom I knew only–or mostly—from the 2021 documentary on her life. I knew about her troubled childhood, how Ike lured her in when she was a teenager and then abused the hell out of her and used her to launch his own career. And then how she left and started out on her own with only her name and a gas card to her credit. But, you’ve heard the same stories.
So, what was it about her? The way she moved, her fabulous legs and amazing hair, her deep voice, yes. How could we not admire her pure grit and tenacity? But it was more than that—when you saw her perform, you knew she was giving you every bit of her big heart. What did love have to do with it for her? Everything.
If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and go see Tina: The Tina Turner Musical; it’s rolling around the country from Salt Lake City at the end of May 2023 to Milwaukee at the end of July 2024, with lots of stops in between.