Sunday, October 10, 2010


Another Piece of My Soul Dies

During my high school years and beyond, I loved listening to Soul music, sometimes call the Mowtown sound after Detroit where much of it originated. Otis Redding died in a plane crash before I finished high school. Other soul musicians passed on over the years. Earlier today, Solomon Burke passed away in an Amsterdam airport.

Below is "Cry to Me." As soulful and heartrending as a song can be. The lyrics and his warm, sad voice touch me and I feel, well, like crying. Anyone who has watched "Dirty Dancing" will recognize the song.

I've heard of Solomon Burke many times, but I don't think I've ever actually heard one of his songs. This is a great song!

I see it came out in 1962. I was pretty young then, but this sounds like something I should have heard coming out of my older brother's record player.
I was only 11 in 1962 but my sister was 14 and had control of the radio. I don't regret listening to her music one bit.
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