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EAR POD KAROKE AND PATTI..

Every New Yorker has a secret weapon.. one we absolutely are at a loss without .


It’s not the metro card ... ( not anymore).. it’s not our NYC ID cards .. it’s not even our cell phones .. ( although one does require the other ..).


ITS OUR EAR PODS..


Thanks to the ingenious country that brought us the ultimate is “deposable”furniture and clothing .. SWEDEN .. we have the ability to be an SINGING alter ego ..any place .. any time .. through any mask .. #spotify


Of course ..mistakes are made .. My Spanish is limited .. but that doesn’t stop me from belting out some contemporary hits from P.R... that Is until it was “told” to me FELICE LOS 4, one of my favorite salsa tunes .. is really about explaining your 4 sex partners to your main squeeze .. ( you go..#maluma). EL BOOM BOOM...


I tried ARETHA .. but she emotes beyond me. Even I am aware that RESPECT done badly loses its power ..


I tried GEORGE MICHAEL.. Actually .. I can pull off CARELESS WHISPER... and I get lost in FASTLOVE, maybe a bit too much. ( GOTTA GET UP TO GET DOWN... BABY, BABY..)


The emotional highs and lows of NYC Pandemic life require someone who has been there.. done that .. Someone whose voice reflects the full gambit .. joy, pain, loneliness , loss.. gain.. triumph.. hope .. and “Come to Jesus”..


Ladies and Gents... MS. PATTI LABELLE..


Feeling like you want to go back in time .. Cue up LADY MARMALADE..

( YOU WANNA GIVE IT A GO.. HEY JOE..)


Feeling like nothing is working.. you need your edge “explained”.. NEW ATTITUDE..


RESTLESS? ( and who is not?). STIR IT UP..


NEED TO HEAR “AUNT PATTI” UNDERSTANDS? “ON MY OWN”...


JUST SO DAMN TIRED OF THE SAME OLD CONVERSATION ? “IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW”..


NEED TO BELIEVE THERES A POINT TO ALL OF THIS? “WALK AROUND HEAVEN”


Ms. LABELLE.. helps me process my life, experiences, and emotions better than my 200 per hour Jewish Buddhist therapist.. ( and he’s GOOD, make no mistake)


My Prescription, NYC.. GO HOME.. LIE DOWN.. LEGS UP AGAINST THE WALL.

Ear pods in... TURN UP “AUNT PATTI”.. close your eyes.. breathe deep.. it’s all going to be ok..


SMILE AT THIS ONE.. because long before that brunette ,who used to live among us here on the UWS, hijacked our senses, scaring the beegeezus out of us at the RNC...

“THE BEST IS YET TO COME...” 😳🤯


Patti sang it with GROVER WASHINGTON JUNIOR..


ONE OF HER BEST.. GET THEE TO THE CHURCH OF LABELLE..


FAITH, LOVE.. HOPE RESTORED..


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