Variations Without a Theme

I found the missing blog post. Yay. It had been created as a page rather than a blog. Double punishment this week.

Most people who know me know that of all music I love Motown best and of Motown my absolute favourite group is the Four Tops. Don’t get me wrong, I do love all the great ones Gladys Knight, Supremes, Jackson 5, Martha Reeves. but the voice of Lei Stubbs Jnr has always stood out for me. This is my Ultimate go-to track.

The Temptations track is one I only heard recently and stood out for me as not being in their usual style. How I’ve managed to miss hearing this at my age I don’t know but maybe it will be new to you too.

There are no doubt some of you who aren’t fans of Motown and what was once dubbed cocktail soul. Still you must have got leave from the asylum to be reading this. I’m going to jump ahead now to the 80’s and the days of the New Romantics. Watch Martin Fry having fun with this one.

To finish off with I’m going backwards a bit to a gentleman my generation grew up with. A talented folk singer who was able to bridge the gap to pop music a real balladeer. He’s had more hits than I can count without borrowing a few more hands. Here’s a live session with the Great James Taylor. The Lyrics are very appropriate I think.

Hugs to you all.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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24 Responses to Variations Without a Theme

  1. inavukic says:

    If I didn’t like the mistake made with the post, thus ending up posting two in the time slot for one, I would be inclined to say “50 pushups” for repentance 🙂 This way no need, instead, havabeer :)))))

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  2. Great music, just not my favorite genre. Kinda nice to see that someone else is having problems with posts. I don’t feel quite as lonely now

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  3. Clive says:

    I’m glad you solved your mystery! Whilst I like quite a bit of Motown I don’t think I’d list any of their acts among my favourites. James Taylor, on the other hand…and this is one of his best 👍

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    • davidprosser says:

      While saying Motown was the be all and end all for me it never stopped me liking the other masters at work especially Little Baby James, He’s superb, I liked Leonard Cohen and many more. I’m glad you like this particular James Taylor, one of myy faves.
      Hugs

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  4. Keith says:

    David, you went Motown on us. I love the Four Tops and The Temptations (and of course Smokey). “I wish it would rain” was a good song that did not rise to the popularity of their other songs, but I liked it Keith

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    • davidprosser says:

      I thought the story behind I wish it would Rain was so sad but it made an emotion loaded song I love. I’m so glad Motown does it for you as well.
      Massive Hugs

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      • Keith says:

        David, there is a great documentary on the “Making of Motown.” Friendly (but still fervent) competition among talented people who wanted their songs released. They had a quality control committee that would say grace over releases. Keith

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      • davidprosser says:

        For a long time the Supremes got first choice of new songs as though there were no other good groups. I’d enjoy that documentary I think. I’m enjoying the Dave Stewart one now.
        Hugs

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  5. jilldennison says:

    In my book, you can never go wrong with Motown! All good ones, and James Taylor is the icing on the cake! I had actually heard “I Wish It Would Rain”, though not often, so it likely wasn’t a huge hit at the time. Loved them all … thanks for brightening a rainy Sunday afternoon!
    Cwtch

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  6. I’m glad you found this david. As a Detroit native I appreciate the Motown sound.

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  7. The ABC track is new to me, and it goes on my playlist! I share that liking for Motown, too, and a lot of those songs hold memories for me – like where I was when I first heard them, who was close to me in those days, and so on. So, thanks for stirring up a little warm, comfortable silt there, David. Best wishes and hugs.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m so pleased to have found you a new-old track to add to your playlist. Motown holds the same for me which is why I’m in a different World became my favourite. It still brings emotions back years later. I hope maybe a little more warm, comfortable silt to be stirred up yet. Hugs my friend.

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  8. I forgot how great this music was!

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  9. MELewis says:

    You got me with fabulous 80s throwback. And James, of course. A class act who crosses the decades. Like you, dear David! Always good picks. Glad you found your post. Sending damp hugs from central Switzerland.

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  10. davidprosser says:

    I really enjoyed much of the 80’s music ,perhaps the name New Romantics was the appeal whereas the Old Romantics I loved because they were my grandparents. I have so much to thank Canada for over the last fifty odd years, James of course, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot and probably more I can’t bring to mind.
    The damp hugs were lovely thanks, oddly enough it was supposd to be a bit grim today and turned out very pleasant. I hope the sunshine is with you soon.
    Massive Hugs

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