Last Friday afternoon, a bit tired of all the sniping, back-biting and navel gazing on my beloved Afterword site, I posted a real old fashioned thread. It was about the first soul music I got into, in the ’70’s. I’m going to use the name Blue Eyed Soul because that is what is was called. I understand that some people feel that phrase has racist implications but I can’t help it – that’s what it was called. The link to the thread is below.
Anyway, I described how this music, sung by white people, pulled me away from rock & prog and filled me with joy. A joy that led me to investigate back in time and look at all of those ‘pesky’ Motown & Stax records in a different light. That has become a 40+ year journey of joy and wonder.
I posted 3 examples of songs that started me on that journey and went out for the evening. I am delighted to say that the response has been amazing. Some fantastic music was posted (much of it, new to me) and several people said how much they loved the thread.
The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like it was crying out for a Spotify playlist. So, last night, I created one. Where possible I have included every song on the thread (Spotify is missing a few or only have different versions) barring the 2 or 3 tracks by black artists which, whilst deeply gorgeous songs, rather missed the point of the OP. I added a few more artists I thought of and expanded the number of tracks by a few suggested artists. I have made some wonderful new discoveries (how can I not only never have heard of Lari White or Frazey Ford, but never come across their gorgeous music before?) and the whole thing has been good for my soul.
So here is the playlist. It is 171 songs long and it will take a minute short of 12 hours to play. I have had it on shuffle today and it is genuinely wonderful.
Ladies and Gents, you should be very proud of yourselves.