Happy Wednesday…. or Happy Humpday! As some of you may know, it is Soul Music Wednesday! I truly believe soul music provides a spiritual experience for both the listener and vocalist alike. On Wednesdays, I like to share a featured love song and give my feedback on the record. Some of the songs will be old classics and others will be new favorites.
The song featured today is “I’ll Be There”, sung by the legendary group The Jackson 5. The song was produced Hal Davis and written by Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch, and Hal Davis. Here is a link to the song is below…
The Jackson 5 were pioneers in the music industry. Their success opened up so many doors for other African American artists to follow. Their talent and charisma helped them to cross over color lines and enter places that had previously been forbidden simply because of race. The Jackson 5 were true performers. Their soulful vocals, shiny clothes, and happening dances moves were the recipe for an r&b super group. The Jackson 5 continue to inspire countless new groups and artists still to this day, and will continue to do so for generations to come.
“I’ll Be There” was a huge success, becoming the groups’ fourth number one single in a row. This propelled the Jackson 5 to become the first black male group to garner four consecutive number one pop hits. The song went on to sell over six million copies and became the group’s best selling single.
“I’ll Be There” is one of the greatest friendship records ever written. Friendship is by far one of the greatest luxuries in life. Oftentimes, romance can come and go, but true friends will not be so easily interchanged. “I’ll Be There” is about loyalty and standing by someone’s side. The song speaks of being a source of comfort, strength, and support unselfishly. All of which are characteristics indicative of true friendship. Joy and laughter allow life to be a more pleasurable experience and can lift you up when you are sad or down. Friendship can provide the greatest supply of joy and laughter with a marvelous ability to make your soul smile. I believe that essence was captured very well in this iconic record.
In my opinion, it is so important, in romantic relationships, for your partner to also be your best friend. If you love is built initially on friendship, then the idea of spending the rest of your life with this person doesn’t seem to be as much of a chore. Your partner should be someone who you genuinely enjoy being around, and provide you with all of the things a true loving friend would as discussed above. I have found that relationships solely built on sexual desires tend not to last long term. I truly believe friendship is the basis and true essence of love.