Take it from the Top is a sequel to Let Me Tell You What Mama Said. I journeyed through her mother’s life from WWII when she first came to North Philly, met my father, bought their first home and began their life together with music. Take it From the Top continues that journey. It is just one of many stories from the 1960s of this incredible decade filled with memories from the era, memories of my parents and their musical career. Take it From the Top is where mama’s story continues and my story begins.
Terri E. Lyons was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she attended Philadelphia Public and private schools and is a graduate of Harcum College in Bryn Mawr PA. Terri’s passion for jazz and oldies are from her parents who were bandleaders from the early sixties, her passion for history came from numerous Sunday dinners with her elderly family. Their wisdom revealed itself over time. Owning her history and hungry for more, Terri began to look further into history. She began with her mothers’ life and continued her exciting expedition through the 60s. Her Influences are James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison.