Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night

by davebarclay1954

A feel good song to make your feet dance and your day brighten. At least it works for me every time. DeBarge from Motown’s Classic Anthems. Video is courtesy of YouTube so apologies if it doesn’t play where you are.

People keep saying you should just ignore everything going on around you, count your blessings and concentrate on the things that make you happy. This song is one of the hundreds of Motown songs which have healed my soul for a few minutes at a time ever since the days of my youth.

Staying with that topic for now since the political landscape is still looking bleak, I enjoy listening to music, even when the radio plays a song I’m not particularly keen on I won’t change the station or switch it off as it will change in a few minutes and that one might be a classic that I haven’t heard for a while. I bought an old compilation from 2017, which I am listening to on repeat at the moment, 101 Motown Anthems. A lot of the songs are from the 1960’s but there are lots from every decade since then and it is one of those compilations with 101 absolute gems, no fillers.

There were a few groups around in my youth who delivered with every single release, albums and singles contained absolute gems and there was no filler anywhere. Unfortunately there were more who delivered an album where the first side totally knocked your socks off but the second side you could leave since it was all filler. I suppose the same is true today, I have yet to hear an Adele song which isn’t a toe tapper, sing along, feel good piece of artistic genius. I know that Ed Sheeran has delivered on every album, so far, so what am I getting at? I haven’t listened to a full album by Eminem, Jay-Z or Kanye since some of their music released as singles I haven’t been able to “get” not their fault I’m just not a huge fan or Rap or Hip-Hop.

That doesn’t mean they haven’t released songs that I have sung along to (or rapped to) same with Aerosmith, Manic Street Preachers, Julian Lennon or Sean Lennon. I listen to albums by the likes of John Lennon and Wings today from time to time but I do try to keep up to date with new music. That’s why I will listen to radio stations on my laptop from time to time, not just Gold or Smooth, but Kiss and Heart as well. If we don’t do things we enjoy from time to time wouldn’t life be incredibly boring?

In today’s political climate, where the USA and UK are being led by criminals working on behalf of Vladimir Putin trying to destroy democracy for who knows what, making time for something fun is a must. If we didn’t do something we enjoy how many more of us would end up so depressed we’d be contemplating (or attempting) suicide? Things are black enough in the wider world so I have decided not to dwell on the blackness for more than an hour a day. (No news channel, just watch my face drop when the news comes on the radio channel) but at least it only lasts for a couple of minutes at a time, generally on the hour.

I’ve given up with the BBC now as well, Jeremy Corbyn is trying to get a Green Deal going in Parliament and is against war, anywhere, Johnson on the other hand is trying to get his people to riot in the streets and is using the police to break up a group of protesters trying to highlight the danger of fossil fuels and fracking to the environment and planet. According to the BBC the biggest threat to national security in the UK isn’t Johnson it’s Jeremy Corbyn.

The BBC is funded by the public, or to put it another way, the 99% in the UK. We deserve a fair broadcaster since we fund it, instead their allegiances lie with the 1% who get tax relief at every turn from the likes of BoJo and tRump. Again that’s it, light relief coming up again or I will get so down I will spiral out of control into the darkness again.

Music has just changed to The Mary Jane Girls (who I had never heard of before listening to this compilation). Just what the doctor ordered, funky music with throw away bass lines and a drum machine keeping the beat. Who doesn’t enjoy music with feel good lyrics? As my good friend once said “Never trust anyone who doesn’t tap their feet or move their hands when listening to Motown or rock music.”

Okay, maybe I paraphrased that slightly he actually said “rock ‘n’ roll music” but you get my gist? Anyway, listening to all the rhetoric from the USA since the announcement of an Impeachment Inquiry would make the blood boil in a snake, if it understood what was happening. That’s why I don’t want to keep on about politics over in the USA just now because there is a big man-baby who keeps sulking every time he gets someone standing up to him. In the immortal words of Mr. Stan Lee (Captain Marvel) ‘Nuff Said!