Writing is a distraction for me. It takes me to places unknown that fulfill my need for intellectual stimulus, emotional release, and a soothing of the breaks and bruises of the day.
A Brief History of "Tears of a Clown"
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles It was 1966 when 16 year old Stevie Wonder wrote the music for "Tears of a Clown." He then gave the instrumental to Smokey Robinson during the Motown Christmas party that year. He told Smokey that he had a great instrumental, but he couldn't come up with any lyrics.
Quiet Storm Classics
In the 1970s several sub genres of R & B and soul came to life including funk with musicians such as Parliament, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Sly and the Family Stone and Stevie Wonder. In the middle of the 1970s disco became a huge hit with Donna Summer, Thelma Houston, KC and The Sunshine Band and The Bee Gees.
We've Only Just Begun
"We've only just begun to live…" the sweet strains of Karen Carpenter's voice comes on Irene's car stereo as she and her bestie Suzy drive Southbound on PCH toward Newport Beach for a day of fun in the sun. Irene turns up the radio and starts singing, "White lace and promises…" and then says to Suzy, "I'll be Karen and you can be the brother." "Wait," Suzy responds, "Why do I have to be the brother? I'm not a guy. I want to be Karen" "Okay," Irene laughs, "We can both be Karen." Then they continue singing on their sunny road trip, "Before the risin' sun, we fly…"
Fans Choice: 20 Favorite Songs of Kate Bush
I have long been a Kate Bush fan. She first came to my attention in the fall of 1980. I was, as per usual, visiting my friends that worked at Licorice Pizza Music Store #20. One of the employees, I forget who it was, put Never for Ever, Kate's newest album at the time, onto the turntable. Right from the first song, "Babooshka," I was sold.