“Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren (1972)/The Isley Brothers (1974)

“It’s important to meeeeeeeeee…that you know you are freeeeeeeeeeee…” “Hello, It’s Me” is  dedicated to someone who wants to be a free spirit. I can appreciate the lyrical sentiment; wanting to love and enjoy someone for the time you share as opposed to thinking of them as belonging to you. It was the first song… Read More “Hello It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren (1972)/The Isley Brothers (1974)

“Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away” by Stevie Wonder (1974)

Although I don’t call myself a believer, there are instances in which musical expressions of faith speak to my soul. One such instance (actually, several such instances) come courtesy of Stevie Wonder. “Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away” is a key track on Fulfillingness’ First Finale, Stevie’s follow up to the incredible Innervisions album.… Read More “Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away” by Stevie Wonder (1974)

“Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)” by B.T. Express (1974)

Nothing but a funk band, doing their thing over a simmering proto-disco groove.  How did I not know these cats were from Brooklyn until just now? Wikipedia didn’t help me this time, either! Last.fm gave me this surprising (to me, anyway) info. Yes, folks, I still scribble like a mug. Anyway, regardless of where B.T.… Read More “Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)” by B.T. Express (1974)

“Creepin’” by Stevie Wonder (1974)

Am I the only person who thinks Fulfillingness’ First Finale sounds like a drug album? Not suggesting anything more than the possibility of pot (or painkillers-given that Stevie almost lost his life in a car accident shortly before recording this album) influencing the much chiller than normal vibe of these songs. Drug-influenced or no, it’s… Read More “Creepin’” by Stevie Wonder (1974)

“Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” by Gladys Knight & The Pips (1974)

Gladys gets the shaft when it comes to public recognition of her as one of the greatest soul singers of all time. Maybe it’s her lack of flashiness. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s her lack of flashiness. Aretha is sometimes literally larger than life, Patti’s the most histrionic singer in history, Chaka’s a hot mess.… Read More “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” by Gladys Knight & The Pips (1974)