I’ve made fun of the local radio station here in this town often, but one thing they did today is give me inspiration for this post. Today’s song was playing on their Classic Lunch Hour and when it finished, I had to admit that I was thinking the same thing as the DJ when she back-announced the tune. She mentioned that this song was written in 1970, but still has relevance today. Oh, I know some of the references in the lyrics are dated, but the gist of the song in total still fits.
“Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)” by the Temptations is today’s Morning Groove.
Released in the middle of their “psychedelic soul” period, today’s song was a top 3 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B singles list in 1970. After David Ruffin left the group (or was told to leave), Dennis Edwards joined. It didn’t matter, because their run of hits went unabated. Not long after this, Eddie Kendricks and then Paul Williams would leave, to be replaced by Damon Harris and Richard Street, respectively. Their run of hits continued unabated…or at least until 1977, when Edwards left and the Temptations left Motown. But the genealogy of the Temptations is a whole ‘nother series of posts.
Today the world feels like it’s in a ball of confusion. I would like to know how compromise, cooperation, civility and courteousness somehow became bad words. When I was growing up, I knew there were certain “bad” words that I shouldn’t say; now it seems as though those four “c” words are words we shouldn’t say. But we need to say them. Not only say them, but act them out. We need to stop building walls between us with our words and build bridges between us with our actions. Otherwise, the ball of confusion will continue to grow.
Enjoy this throwback from one of the best male vocal groups of all time (maybe even the best). As always, thanks for reading and listening.