Happy Humpday Everyone! 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 “My Guy” by Mary Wells. The song was written and produced by Smokey Robinson and was released in March of 1964. Here is a link to the song below…
“My Guy” is about a “woman’s dedication to the goodness of her man.” As the first female star of Motown, Mary Wells garnered huge success with “My Guy”, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Charts. Despite Well’s success, she later terminated her contract with Motown in search of greater success, and money, at 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately, Well’s never reached the same heights as she did under Motown records.
With so many songs that often criticize men and speak of their faults, it is nice to hear a song of a woman praising her good man for all that he is, and all that he does. It is a wonderful feeling when you are in a relationship with someone that you look at with much admiration and appreciation. We all have flaws and no one is perfect, but oftentimes the goal is to simply to find that someone that is perfect for you. The lyrics of “My Guy” speak of being faithful and honoring your man, regardless of how good looking someone else may be. It speaks of a man that is the “cream of the crop” and tops all others, the ideal man. When you are truly in love and indebted to your significant other, no one else will be able to pull you away from that person. It is a bond that is unbreakable, as if you are are stuck together and bound by glue. Mary Wells soulful and sultry voice delivers this ode with such ease that is truly a joy to listen to. I also love that this song was written by a man, but he was still able to capture the essence and the words to describe how a woman feels when she has a good man by her side.