Sister Side of ’66 – 40 Gems For Your Summer Spirit

Y’all. A long time goal of mine is starting to wrap up as we close out the second decade of this century. If you’ve been with me, following and listening, you know that heart & soul of what I love doing is highlighting the efforts by women, primarily Black Women, that crafted and created music…

Mickey’s Mojo: The Extensive Talents of Motown’s A&R Magician

As Motown continues to roll out celebrations of its 60th anniversary, it’s extremely curious who doesn’t get attention for their hard work and extraordinary talents getting the label underway. There’s plenty of names that get lost today behind the glittering legacy of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and the mourning of Marvin Gaye. Indeed if it…

What’s Your Sign, Baby? 25 Tunes To Study Your Charts To

Once upon a time, about 15 years ago, a particular Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon gifted me a massive Astrology Book for my 22nd Birthday. Realistically he used it as a passive aggressive gift to explain and excuse his horrible behaviors since, well, he “couldn’t help it, it was written in the stars!” Realistically it wasn’t…

Who Needs Abby? 35 Advice Column Tunes Spun From Womanly Wisdom

On a recent Women’s History Month post I denoted that as a Queer CIS Male, from an early age I took most of what I’ve learned about dealing from men from women. One large area where I took that advice from was from music. Therein lies the big root cause why my tastes in vintage music…

Everybody Sings Smokey: Motown’s Poet Laureate 50 times Over

It wouldn’t be Motown’s 60th Anniversary without visiting their premiere singer, songwriter and producer. As legend goes, Smokey Robinson met Berry Gordy with a notebook of songs, of which maybe one or two Gordy considered viable, yet he was impressed with the teenager’s moxie. So goes the template of who Gordy accepted into the fold,…

The Middle Finger Of Mike Terry: 40 Tunes Beating Motown At Their Own Game

Everyone that’s had to work more than one job has wanted to say “Take this job and shove it!” at least once in their life. Creative professionals probably feel this the most, given that the practice of refining your craft is often a personal exploration as well. Most frustrating can be opportunities for promotions and…

The Sound Of Young America As A Senior Citizen: Motown Records at 60

On January 12, 1959, some 60 years ago today, Motown Records was founded. In reality, it wasn’t founded as Motown at all. The original name was Tamla Records. The Motortown-punning, Detroit proud referencing Motown label didn’t press until 1960. The Tamla Records pointed to one of the main reasons we ended up with Motown Records…