So which type of music has done and contributed more to our American culture?
My vote goes to Motown.
As a young skinny Hispanic kid, my first exposure to Motown was back in the late 60's.
It was the pop music of the day and it was everywhere, you would hear and recognize certain songs no matter where you would go.
But my first time I experienced a real connection with this type of music came in the very early 70's.
My parents were hosting a party, the house was extremely crowded and everyone was dancing to the sounds traditional Mexican music.
I wasn't really into music at that time but I knew repition of any kind was extremely annoying.
So it didn't take long for the constant and repetitive oompa-pa oompa-pa beat and the accordian sound of Mexican Ranchero music to wear me out.
And wear me out it did.
So I took refuge in an isolated room just to get away from it all.
We had moved some of the furniture from the rest of the house in to this small room just to make room for the party, and in this room was our brand
new stereo console, much like the one pictured here.
It had the top of the line black and white CRT in the center, a turn table on the left and an AM FM radio solid state stereo on the right side.
Btw, the term "Solid State" is actually a precursor to the term "High Tech" both used to describe the top of line technology of its time, and both
now obsolete, but I digress.
Anyway, I plugged in the console and started fumbling with the big stereo knobs, dials and switches.
Wasn't long before I got the white noise sound of static as I turned the dial between stations looking for something interesting that would catch my
And then I found it.
That's when I was introduced to the hypnotic bass line and the accompanying high hat..
. . . . .
Then came the strings and later the trumpet, and don't forget the funky guitar track.
I had never experienced anything like this before and it was welcome change from the Mexican music from just a few minute before.
It was like I was along for the ride, not knowing where I was going, but it was all good.
After several minutes, it was almost like I was meditating as I kept getting onto the song.
The first time I had ever made a connection with music of any kind.
Then, came the powerful vocals, and BAMM!
"It was the third of September."
The day I'll always remember, yes I will.."
I was floored as I listened to the lyrics and the rest of the song.
Looking back, that was a truly memorable night for me that I remember as a kid.
Never really made a connection with any hip-hop song, ever.
Given the true racial tension of the time, Motown was still able to produce true American classics that have stood the test of time, which is how good
music is always measured.
So my vote goes to Motown.
I really agree and appreciate this post. Motown is something the world would do better to bring back, though any further thoughts I have on the issue
will be conceived the wrong way, so I'll shut up about that. When Motown music died Motown died. Everyone loved this era, why was it thrown under
the rug soo urgently??
Sure Motown may have passed on, but the music still lives, even after all these years.
It's not uncommon to walk into some establishment and hear a familiar Motown classic playing in the background.
These are songs that are immediately recognizable, and there are many of them.
I can't say the same for many of the hip hop songs.
Motown, because it's actual music; and not a corporate commercial directed at a specific ethnic group like Hip Hop is. The Supremes never said buy
anything. Now adays it's nothing but sponsoring Escalades, 40oz's, etc. If I were in the targeted group I'd be up in arms at what these corporate
"spokesmen" are actually preaching to my brothers and sisters; because under lying the commercial the message is rarely positive. People are living
a stereo-type and don't even know it.
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