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,…

Heaven Must Have Sent You: Your Holland-Dozier-Holland History Lesson

I’ve been prone to these songwriter series playlists moreso. This time we make a visit to our first team. While Burt Bacharach’s mix featured him not exclusively tethered to Hal David, and Sylvia Moy found herself working with a round robin of partners, this one solely focuses on Holland-Dozier-Holland. Brothers Eddie and Brian Holland and…

Better Luck Next Time: 40 Hits that happened for someone else

Sometimes, it’s like, with a song, dust yourself off and try again. The perfect moment for a tune to become a success entrenched in the Pop Culture lexicon sometimes isn’t its first time up to bat. Sometimes it takes competition and revision to get things right. With this, I’ve gone a bit overboard, giving you…

Man Crushes and Masturbatory Materials: 36 + Faces of Sixties Soul

I do realize when I pull together these mixes that aren’t themed around Astrology, CIS-gendered vintage men kinda get the short end of the stick. It comes from my place that in the terms of music history, women in general don’t get anywhere near the equal coverage in their monumental role in shaping our pop…

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Your Scorpio 2016 Mix

We part the veils and slink towards closing out this year, my dears. It’s the bewitching season of Scorpio. Though I gave you a ghoul-ful Halloween playlist, I couldn’t let the sign of the emotional depths not have its own time in the waning Fall sunlight. Excavation, surgery and examination of what’s to be kept,…

Eddie Holland “Leaving Here” (Motown 1052, R&B#27 Pop#76, 1963)

Eddie Holland “Leaving Here” (Motown 1052, R&B#27 Pop#76, 1963) Record-A-Day week comes to its penultimate day with my penultimate day of my 5 years of working the same job. It also functions as a early birthday tribute to the legendary Eddie Holland, one third of the Motown Mansion building team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. The trinkets that make…