Is there such a thing? I know, it’s subjective. A matter of judgment. This kind of declaration could be influenced by many things – how old you were when you first heard it, who you were with, what you were doing, if you were in the car or at the beach. You may have a favorite Motown tune that for you achieves perfection. Let me know what yours is and we can listen to them and see what’s what. In the meantime, I’ll explain about this one.
Since I Lost My Baby, by The Temptations, 1965. It’s got it all – a Smokey Robinson composition with David Ruffin singing. It’s about young love. It’s got a steady beat. Even I can dance to it. There’s that great backup with Melvin Douglas’ incredible bass. It’s got strings to soar on. There’s a story I can identify with. The poetry of the lyrics propels the tune forward in a kind of perpetual motion that never quits. There’s falsetto. The melody is dynamic. It’s got the great fadeout. I can sing along to it, at whatever volume, and make it my own.
The true test is repetition. How many times have I heard this? A gazillion! That doesn’t matter, I want to go back right now and play it again.
Don’t forget the Motor City!