Hero of the Week: June 5, 2023: Tina Turner (1939–2023)

“My legacy is that I stayed on course … from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.” ~ Tina Turner

Tina’s passing reverberated like a seismic tremor throughout the world of music and show business, but her life lived to the fullest created much bigger waves of voice, music, and overcoming by a great soul. It will continue to resound throughout the hearts and memories of millions of people worldwide—including whole generations that grew up with or came to love her music.

Tina Turner was not just a star in the art of performance, but a giant in the art of living, mastering the challenges that this world provides and turning them into victories and stepping stones of learning and growth.

“No, I don’t consider it a comeback. Tina had never arrived.” ~ Tina Turner

Tina was a very hard worker, who throughout the many troubles of her life, both in childhood and as a superstar, did not become bitter but became better—by redefining life’s creative direction and meaning.

Born as Anna Mae Bullock in, yes!, Tennessee, she grew up in the tiny rural, cotton-farming town of Nutbush under her very religious and strict grandparents, with her mother escaping the family and an abusive marriage when Tina was 11 years old.

It may be due to these early childhood experiences that Tina herself became someone who always remained loyal to her friends and family and the people who worked for her. It was through hard work and an incredible inner power and will—something we all can hear in her voice—that she managed the many transitions in her life, and especially her solo comeback in the 1980s.

Aged 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100. ~ Wikipedia

Her Buddhist spiritual practice was one of the cornerstones in her life and enabled her to surf the changes and redefinitions of self required to rebuild her career and performance. It became even stronger in later years when her music also took on a spiritual tone as she recorded Christian and Buddhist mantras with Regula Curti and Dechen Shak-Dagsay.

Tina Turner was a real leader, bringing a music that had an impact on people—encouraging and inspiring them to excel and embrace the tasks that life presents, while knowing that there is a higher energy that emanates from the world beyond.

“This is what I want in heaven … words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.” ~ Tina Turner

Related:

Tina Turner blog

Tina Turner on Wikipedia

Tina Turner Official website

HBO documentary Tina (2021). Watch on various platforms.

Sky News Australia: Late Tina Turner to be honoured with world record attempt of Nutbush dance

Learn the Nutbush City Limit line dance

Tina Turner & David Bowie - Tonight (Live)

Tina Turner & David Bowie – Tonight (Live)

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