musicology #482


SoulBoy #1

(The Miracles – I’ll Try Something New)

Waiting for the inspiration for a new theme it suddenly arrived yesterday out of nowhere… Soul. Why? well…above all musical genres Soul is in my flesh, blood and bones. Deeply ingrained from before I was born. allow me to outline my historicity

My mum and dad were both Original London Mod/ernists from 1962 and anyone who knows will agree that the authentic soundtrack to Mod/ernist is Soul…Rhythm & Blues too of course but whereas Rhythm&Blues had been around for many years Soul was ‘modern’ (albeit a fusion between Doo Wop and Gospel).

Between 1958 and 1960 the seeds of Soul were sown as the cultural boundaries began to be crossed in earnest and as is often the case it was music that blew the trumpet for change loud and clear. No more would the universal language be categorised strictly by ‘Race’ (my belief is that it’s the only language that speaks to all regardless of colour, nationality or creed). Artists such as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, Gene Chandler, Dee Clark, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, (along with a whole host of lesser known but just as illuminating singers, songwriters and musicologists), began to flex their musical muscles and craft the ‘new lick’ without the backing of Corporate thieves and vultures.

In December 1968 themusicologist was born with the soundtrack of Soul ringing in my heart and soul and from that day to this it has been ever present. Beginning with the ‘classics’ I have matured throughout the 70’s 80’s 90’s and into the 21st Century with the heartbeart of such priceless musicology as the soundtrack to my existence. There have been and are many other genres that have had a profound impact on the I but Soul still is (and always will be), my first musical love.

Kicking off with one of my favourite early Soul cuts courtesy of the pioneering  ‘Miracles’ who first recorded in 1958 for Chess, but it wasn’t until hooking up to Berry Gordy’s fledgling Motown Label that the musical sparks began to truly fly. Just like to add that without doubt The Miracles were a foundation stone on which the Berry Gordy empire was built…

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. countess
    Jan 26, 2010 @ 18:50:34

    there are no words to convey what Smokey Robinsons voice does for me…it is the Miracles
    sound that marked the break from my parents
    music (and that was good stuff) to my music in the early 60’s so it brings with it all those memories but bottom line his voice touches my soul and melts my very bones!!..

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  2. sir errol
    Jan 30, 2010 @ 09:45:12

    flipping heck bwoy….you started with a heavy weight winner there!!!

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    • themusicologist
      Feb 01, 2010 @ 15:45:32

      Don D..
      one of my fave cuts from The Miracles.
      Unfortunately….can’t see myself making a Paris appearance this week. I have a week ‘free’ in Feb so that’s when I’m dreaming of making it happen. Still going to see Lee Fields this week but at the Bloomsbury on Friday night followed by a little late night blues courtesy of Keb Darge at ‘Deep Funk’..

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