The Feel Good Music

by Tammy Woods
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Could there possibly be any better music than that of the 50's and 60's? I know that each generation has their own opinion of the "greatest music in the world" but no other music in my humble opinion could be labeled as "feel good music."

Think about Wilson Pickett and his "Land Of 1000 Dances." That song could make the dead get up and dance. Or The Rascal's "Good Lovin", could anyone hear that playing and not want to at least do a foot dance?

I did not grow up on these songs and I may not have fond memories to recall as I listen to them but this is my music.

The music of the 50's conjures up images of sock hops, fun times, and sweet tender love while the 60's recall not only fun but a different kind of love and thought provoking questions.

Then we have the wonderful sounds of Motown, music that paved the way for the racial barrier to be broken. If you haven't seen the movie "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" I recommend it highly.

A group of musicians known as The Funk Brothers supplied nearly all of the Motown sound. It wasn't until decades later that these wonderfully talented musicians were given recognition for their contribution. Sadly, a lot of musical talent goes unrecognized because of the focus on the front men.

Nevertheless, it is the music, not the lyrics that soothe the savage beast. Lyrics touch the mind and heart but the music touches the soul.

We need the music of the 50's and 60's to lighten our loads, to just kick back and enjoy and to maybe even have our own sock hop in the kitchen.

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." - Judy Garland

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