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Martin Freeman Goes to Motown

Martin visits People’s Records, reputably the best record shop in Detroit and is introduced to Hermon Weems, who is unexpectedly in the store.  Hermon wrote and produced for Golden World, a competitor of Motown Records.  Martin and Hermon together listen to ’Why Can’t There be Love’, sung by Dee Richards, written by Hermon.  Martin clearly delighted in meeting him.

The following year in June 2010, at the age of 72, Hermon died of complications arising from diabetes. 

I want more cast recordings in my Ipod. What musicals do you recommend? Besides Newsies, Matilda, Gigi, On the Town, Fun Home, Something Rotten, The Last 5 Years, Aladdin, Gentleman’s Guide, Anything Goes, Annie, An American in Paris, Motown, and Jersey Boys.

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I watched Martin Freeman Goes to Motown last night (which was excellent and fascinating, by the way), and since then I can’t stop “Tears of a Clown” popping into my head at random intervals. I fully expect it to show up any time I walk purposefully for the next few days. Man, life is hard.

(Above: gratuitous yet required caps of Swagzilla terrorizing the streets of Los Angeles in casually dramatic lighting.)

Normally I don’t write much on here; I like to let the music speak for itself.  But I had to send a shout out to David Simon and Eric Overmyer for creating such a beautiful show in Treme. Not only does it celebrate the resiliency and richness of New Orleans, but it keeps alive the incredible NOLA Soul and R&B music that often goes unnoticed, overshadowed by Motown, Stax and Atlantic.  Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Ernie K. Doe, The Meters, Eddie Bo and on and on.  If you’re following this blog I trust that you care about Soul Music.  Give this show your attention if you haven’t yet and thank you to all the people who worked hard to make sure it got made.