The Secret Garden

We’re taking it back to the dawn of the The Gentlebear’s sexual awareness.


Here is Al B. Sure!, El Debarge, James Ingram and Barry White singing The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite) off Quincy Jones’ 1989 album Back On the Block. I remember my friend Shaquita Borden lending me this cd in the 9th grade, along with Digital Underground’s Sex Packets.  

The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)


I remember hearing the Brooklyn R&B group Whistle singing “Right Next to Me” on WEZB-97 one morning before school in the 8th grade, and I thought it was the most beautiful song I had ever heard. I had sliding mirror doors on my closet and I would sit in front of them drying my hair, and I just felt so utterly transfixed by this song that I stopped drying my hair and took in the tranquility. I think this was the first time I knew what tranquility was. I was, like, totally meditating or something.

Right Next to Me


New Edition sans Bobby Brown was always better.

Can You Stand the Rain?


I couldn’t find a good pic of the Force M.D.s, but a google image search for “Tender Love”, their amazing single from 1985, culled up this image, which is indeed a tender and loving image of white people embracing. By the way, M.D. stood for “musical diversity.”

Tender Love



2 responses to “The Secret Garden

  1. Amazing how– through reading about your experiences, gentle bear– the reader is able to pass through a similar musical and sensual education.

  2. Also, my favorite part is in “Can you stand the rain?” when the guy’s getting into it and he’s like, “No pressure. No pressure from me, baby.” It’s so cute, cause the whole song’s kind of a pressure cooker.

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