Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the street.
I was an uptown teenager with a small portable record player. And lots of albums ~ The Miracles, the Four Tops, the Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas. Under my pillow I had a six-transistor radio for late-night ~ the Supremes and the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Mary Wells. At parties, we sang and danced to “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,”. The hits just kept coming. My friends and I listened on tinny radios in cars as we cruised and ate burgers under golden arches ~ “My Girl”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “Back in My Arms Again”, “I Hear a Symphony” and “I Can’t Help Myself”. Psychedelic soul and funk overtones, it was the Magic Era of Motown.
Voices at full throttle, impeccable harmonies, precise dance routines, landmark songs that were colorblind. It was the sound of young America. And it brought so much joy.
Music, sweet music, indeed.
What was your Motown Moment?