Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
The early 1960’s introduced us to the Motown sound out of Detroit. In the late 1960’s-early 1970’s we were presented with Philly Soul from-where else- Philadelphia. Motown enthroned us with power groups like The Temptations, The Four Tops & The Miracles. Philly Soul blessed us with the likes of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The O’Jays and the group I am most grateful for from that genre-The Stylistics. And the reason is today’s song.
Where the other groups were lead by singers with booming mostly baritone voices, the Stylistics were lead by the falsetto of Russell Thompkins Jr. That unique sound combined with the Philly Soul staple of gorgeous string & horn arrangements set this group apart from the others. It also gave them a dozen consecutive top ten hits in the 1970’s. I really like almost every one of them, but I think today’s song is an absolute masterpiece.
The Stylistics circa 1972 (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
The Stylistics: “You Are Everything” (1971, written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed).
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