It is so hard to say farewell.
The world mourned the passing of Aretha Franklin last week, which means all eyes were once again trained on Detroit and our global connection to the roots of good music, to Motown, to the Motor City, to innovation and creativity and strong voices heard beyond the muddled masses.
We’ll miss you, Queen of Soul.
Generation after generation, Detroit has a global connection that cannot be explained. The Beatles were massively influenced by Detroit Motown sound.
While I’m more of a rock-and-roll guy, all music is derivative and all art is, too. I enjoy techno, which derives from the roots of Motown.
Motown gave way to disco which led to techno which influenced rock. There is a thorough and clear connection between all musical styles. We perform, we create, we inspire through sound and word.
When Paul McCartney comes to town, he visits the Motown Museum. He is part of the brotherhood of sound. This city means something to him, and to so many. Just like Liverpool stands for the innovation of the Beatles, for a new era, for the hometown of something big. It’s another working-class, manufacturing town that’s gone through changes and whose story remains a destination and an inspiration around the globe.
Just like Detroit.