There is also sometimes a tear because I see now how I was treated and cheated. I didn’t see that until I got a little older. Everybody, as time went on, got sort of strange. Especially after Motown moved out to California. If they see you, they’re glad to see you. They just change their phone numbers so much. I don’t believe some of them know I’m still alive.
Tomorrow begins “Throwback Thursdays,” so of course I couldn’t help myself. Strap yourselves in for this groove monster of a track. The Temptations float over the relentless Motown rhythm machine, lead by bassist James Jamerson’s untouchable virtuosity. The horn blasts on the upbeats and the ghostly backing vocals help keep a feeling of anxiety over this song which will keep you moving all day.
Now, this is nice. Another fantastic cut from Jamerson and the Funk Brothers, but what really stands out for me is the bridge into the chorus. Check out that harmony go from Gb to a very surprising Bb major with the D natural in the bass and into a lovely Fdim7, all to get to Bb (the dominant of the Eb minor, the key of the song) in the chorus. I know it’s not all that impressive in classical terms, but think about it, it’s a pop song.
I know I’ve been spamming with these lately, but I can’t say it enough, these cats really knew their stuff.