Friday, July 31, 2009


Great Millie Jackson tune from her 1974 album Caught Up. I had been planning a bit of a write-up for this tune, but I just don't have the time to do it justice (as I was mapping it out in my head it occurred to me that by the time I was finished it would be the longest thing I've ever written). Listening to this just reminds me how utterly simple-minded and juvenile popular R&B has become-- structurally, thematically, and lyrically. The song tells a story. It deals with difficult (or at least sensitive) subject matter. It has musical and lyrical unity.

It's well worth a listen.

Millie Jackson-Summer (The First Time)
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