Since the early 60s I’d always held their music in the highest regard. Later I came to know who they were. I refer to Motown’s finest, producer types like Holland & Dozier and Norman Whitfield alongside players like James Jamerson (bass), Benny Benjamin (drums) and Earl Van-Dyke (keys). The list was long, not household names exactly, but gifted artists nevertheless, masters of the process who knew how to command the studio. The arrangement style of my song here is borrowed from their genius.
The counter-culture and its demise was the subject matter in the lyrics. I came of age looking to live in accordance with something alternative and the hippies were all that. They were quasi-religious and some took it more to heart than others. Even with disillusioning inevitable I still retained a wistful attachment to the faith and innocence experienced at a time when everything was still to play for. As such Roll On is a testament to the romance of youth. That my generation would reject spiritual possibilities for material comforts is the story in the song.
performed: Ellison Belle
produced: CS (2016)