"It almost seems funny, but the tougher the life of this person, the more it is bordered with baricades imposed by society, politics, a tough existence, the more the Moon will drive the imagination and the need to create in the world a small world that is only his, in which he is free to read, write, paint, travel, believe that true values are not lost by gathering around him intellectuals, artists, people of style and class"
Two years ago, the week of Martha Reeves birthday, I spent a week paying tribute. If there’s one voice that started me down the road to soul, it’s the voice of one Martha Rose Reeves and the clarion call she stamped out front (and behind a healthy number of people) on records at Motown records between 1961 and 1973.
Tonight we kick the festivities off with one of her forgotten minor hits from the late 1960s. The delightfully subtle burble of “Sweet Darlin’” didn’t seduce listeners as much as the singles before and after, but it’s a delightful display of Martha’s charms.