Thursday, September 18, 2008


The word "genius" is often misused. You know when it isn't overused?  When it is used to describe Smokey Robinson

I had the opportunity - and privilege - to interview the man yesterday, and it was one of the great experiences of my professional career. This guy's catalog of songs is really unbelievable, he has written songs that people will be listening to for as long as people are listening to music. He was one of the five guys in the room with Berry Gordy when Motown was founded; Smokey was the VP during all the years that he was also a star, producer and staff writer.

He remembers things that happened over 40 years ago with total clarity, and despite the fact that he is one of the most covered and most admired songwriters of all time, he is still grateful and graceful when discussing the songs and people who he has discussed probably thousands of times over the decades. Thank you Smokey, for being so cool. But more than that, thanks for the music. 

(When I find out how and where the interview will be used, I'll post the info). 

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