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Praise the Roots of Rock and Soul

by Tony Whitaker

Now we turn our backs
on those shameful days.
We now embrace the race
gave us Rock and Roll,
lest not forget
Motown soul.

John Lee Hooker cooed
those Delta Blues.
Boom, Boom
shook me to the bottom
of my cowboy shoes.

Marvin Gaye begged,
What's Goin' On,
don't punish us with brutality,
or let your love come out,
in Let's Get It On.

Ray Charles flew from boogie
to country blues.
At a concert brothers started
shouting their boos
when he started singing,
I Can't Stop Loving You.
Though he took a risk,
he had changed his theme,
this wise blind wolf
then made them scream.

The Allman Brothers
made forever a fan
first I heard Midnight Rider.
Ten years ago
won a chance to sit on stage
as they played their gig
not five feet way.
I will alway remember
to the end of my days,
Dickie Betts playing lead,
twenty minutes flying high,
as he smoked his axe, his sweat
laying down tracks,
as I soared the heavens
his strokes painted the scene
of his Blue Sky.


Author's Note: A work in progress. But I had to get it down. I am putting it on the Clinical Care Forum. My praise to the black people of America who endured and owed the legacy of Rock and Roll and Southern Soul! Try a Little Tenderness with Otis!

Posted on 02/19/2008
Copyright © 2021 Tony Whitaker

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 02/19/08 at 04:50 PM

Nice write! I grew up (well not yet) with the 50's rock and roll. There is little music that I don't enjoy. I love jazz of the late 50's and 60's. Keep at it.

Posted by Alisa Js on 02/24/08 at 05:28 AM

right on, you! This rocks! big time.. aloha..;-)

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