“I've always felt that musicians and their music are our traveling companions through life. Songs are like postcards from a time and a place that we've visited in our days gone by, both physically and emotionally.”
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” — Simon & Garfunkel (1970): Paul Simon originally thought it would be "a little hymn," but this Grammy-winning song developed into a major production reminiscent of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.
"Marijuana for recreational use has recently been legalized in our state, and the shops are open for business. In fact, I read that Portland already has more weed shops than nail salons (but not quite as many as coffee shops ... yet). And if my friend Pam wanted to check one out, then we were going to. Pam is a persuasive sort of person."
A defining song for both Motown and for Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On" almost never got released. Motown founder Berry Gordy hated the tune and repeatedly rejected it. Scheduled for release behind his back, the single topped the soul chart and vaulted up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song rebranded Motown, turning it from a very successful pop factory into a label with a social conscience.
"When it got dark, Dave got us all together and pulled out a joint. He lit up, took a few hits and passed it around. When it got to me, I froze."