The highly produced and computerised music of today does not possess and soul or feeling to it. In every area of music such as RnB, Dance, Rock, Hip Hop, Indie, etc. Nothing is gained from listening to 98 per cent of musicians now. No feeling or emotion resonates from the music. Music is more important in times of hardship such as these than it has ever been, and yet nobody has been able to produce a record of any worth. It has all been produced for one simple reason - to make money.
If you go back to early popular music, to Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles and James Brown. They were all wonderful musicians who led hard lives and produced music to reach and help people. They were powerful personalities who gave people hope and pride to the down trodden communities of North America. When the Civil Rights campaign was in full swing James Brown was able to call on the people of Boston and stop rioting. Smokey Robinson would not play in auditoriums that separated black and white people. Sam Cooke wrote the most powerful song that has ever been written "a change is gonna come", a song that changed the entire Civil Rights campaign. My point is that this music was about bringing people together and having a great time. It was about forgetting people's differences and embracing their similarities.
The soul and gospel of the 1950s and 60s is exceptional music. It makes you want to dance and have a good time. The beats and rhythms are so intoxicating that drugs and alcohol aren't needed to have a good time and it encourages people to be themselves instead of making them part of a scene or encouraging them to front an image. Soul and gospel stops the hatred that a great deal of the violence and segregation that today's music encourages. These old records provide so much emotion and raw musical power that you can't help but love them. This music will give you everything that you ever need in life!! Listen to the early Motown records and Stax records. Sam Cooke is also essential listening fro everyone.