The choreography that you saw in the Tempts and Supremes videos was, of course, no accident. Hitsville wasn’t there just to record songs. According to The Story of Motown, Berry Gordy set up a rigorous training program for his fledgling stars. “One floor was for choreography, … Continue reading Motown (final) – Can I Get a Witness?
“Into the ’60s, I was still not of a frame of mind that we were not only making music, we were making history. But I did recognize the impact because acts were going all over the world at that time. I recognized the bridges that … Continue reading Motown – Part 2 – Hitsville USA
NOTE: Given that I’ve been hearing from people outside the US that certain YouTube songs won’t play, from this post forward I’m going to both embed a YouTube version of a given song as well as provide a Spotify link. Not sure how well that … Continue reading Motown – Part 1 – The Boxer
Music is great for stirring up emotions, both good and bad. And if there’s anything songs are especially good at expressing, it’s L-U-V. So, you know, songs about being in love, about lost love, about falling in love, love shacks, love the one you’re with, … Continue reading Three Great Songs About Heartache
I typically don’t do back-to-back posts. But for some reason I feel the need to post this Neil Diamond song, “America.” It represents the country I know and love. Far We’ve been traveling far Without a home But not without a star Free Only want … Continue reading Coming to America
Who doesn’t love Squeeze? Nobody I think. Infectious pop earworm stuff. Spawned in Deptford, an area of SE London, Squeeze’ original members were Chris Difford (guitar/vocals), Paul Gunn (drums), Julian “Jools” Holland (keyboard/vocals), Harry Kakoulli (bass), Glenn Tilbrook (guitar, vocals). Difford and Tilbrook formed the … Continue reading Squeeze
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Paul Simon is one of my top three favorite songwriters – not to mention performers – ever. I haven’t yet written nearly enough about him but that long-overdue Simon and Garfunkel series (at least) will happen sometime later this … Continue reading Album Review – Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger