It was just about three years ago when Java interviewed music legend, Donna Summer, who died of cancer Thursday. She was fun, spirited and more than ready to hit the stage at Foxwoods in 2009. Here is that interview with the “Queen of Disco:”
Grammy Award winner Donna Summer was one of the most successful recording artists of the ’70s, crowned the “Queen of Disco” with such signature hits as “Love to Love You Baby,” “Hot Stuff,” “She Works Hard for The Money” and “Last Dance.”
The first female artist to have four No. 1 singles in a 13- month period, Summer is still making music. On Friday, she’ll perform at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The 60-year-old Summer, who kids that she has a Grammy and is a grammy, took time recently to Spill the Beans with Java.
Q: Do you still consider yourself “hot stuff?”
A: I don’t consider myself as hot stuff as I did in the old days. For my age, I am still OK . . . still hanging on for dear life.
Q: So how exotic is the Queen of Disco’s life these days?
A: I live in Nashville and really like a Southern town. Everyone is extremely polite. It’s a good town. I have three grown daughters, and three grandkids who call me Meema.
Q: It sounds like you are settled in to a nice place in your life. Why tour?
A: Joy in life has nothing to do with being idle, and I am not an idle person. There were times when I was sitting around the house deciding “what am I going to do with the rest of my life?” I was thinking of interior design, or designing a line of clothes. Then one of my friends said, “Why don’t you just sing?” Duh, I was avoiding the obvious.
Q: Anything different about the way you are singing these days?
A: You have to find your place in the world, where you fit in. The thing with me is I need to be moving forward with my creativity. To do the same music would be like writing the same story over again. I’ll never abandon disco music; I will always do dance music, but there is more.
Q: Which brings us to your newest album, “Crayons.” Tell me about it.
A: It is a combination of a lot of styles and directions that I tried to bring together in one box, like different colors that all come in the same box. Music should not be categorized, one artist is capable of doing many things. As a musician and singer, I like to think I paint with sound and to limit yourself to one color is to shut out your potential. Being able to sing different kinds of music on one album was a great feeling.
Q: “Stamp Your Feet” from “Crayon” went No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club chart. How did that feel?
A: Are you kidding me? It felt great. I think I knew I still had it in me. I was just finding my way again. I don’t think the industry knows what it is doing these days but the nice thing about where I am is that I don’t have to worry if my song sell a million or 8 million. I’m in a place where I can make a point with my music.
Q: You raise a political voice with the song “End the Reign.” Would you ever run for office?
A: I would never run for office. That is not the platform I would choose to change the world. I can do more with music. I pray for the current administration. There is a lot to fix
Q: What can people who come to your concert at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods expect on Friday?
A: We have put together a whole different show with some old songs, some new ones and some borrowed ones. They can look forward to some fun and some very spangly outfits because my clothes are always an important part of the show.
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