An important part of your genetic history
not in scrapbooks or photo albums,
You have proven a million times over
that you are smart enough and cool enough
place music into generational categories,
thereby ignoring it,
if it is not a product of your generation.
That makes me very proud.
So here is a starter list
of award winners,
not of the experts,
but from me,
from my IPod.
Best Male Voice……..Michael McDonald
originally of the Doobie Brothers, and to date as a single artist.
I know his hair is white, which may not fit your esthetic, but aside from that,
his covers of Motown are some of my favorites.
And his voice. Oh my.
Best Intro to a Soul Song…….. Shotgun, Jr. Walker and the All-Stars
I can’t tell you how many times I hit replay on this one.
Even in my 45 record days,
in my lavender bedroom,
in front of the mirror.
Best Male Lead Singer of a Band……..Steve Perry, Journey
His second award should be
Most Recognized Voice.
Don’t Stop Believin makes me want to drive fast.
Best Soul Group/Best Album…….. The Four Tops
The Four Tops Greatest Hits
This album was the soundtrack to
my freshman year at boarding school.
Best British Soul Voice Period…….. Steve Winwood
Do not play Roll With It while driving.
Texting has nothing over dancing while driving.
Best Creative Band……..Fleetwood Mac
Favorite Song……..You Make Lovin Fun
Best Marvin Gaye Dance Song……. Got to Give it Up
Best Marvin Gaye Friendship/ Family Song……..Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Best Song to Get Your Dad to Dance………Taking Care of Business, Randy Bachman
It works every time.
Best Driving to Work Song…….. Start Me Up, The Rolling Stones
Best Soul Sounding Female Country Singer……..Bonnie Raitt
plus from Bonnie Raitt
Best Female Heartbreak Song……..I Can’t Make You Love Me
Best Easy Listening Song……..Nick of Time
Best All -Time Album for The Time It Was Created…….. Tapestry, Carole King
Best 70’s Band…….. Creedence Clearwater Revival
CCR was all about country and soul and protest.
When I hear them now, I think of James Lee Burke novels.
Favorites: Born on the Bayou, Green River, Fortunate Son.
Proud Mary is just a little too stereotypical CCR for me.
Fortunate Son makes me think of Viet Nam and
Dad’s number wasn’t called,
but members of his high school baseball team were.
They didn’t come back.
This is just a beginning.
Once again I bit off more than I can chew.
What is a list without Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Aretha Franklin,
the O’Jays, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson,