David Nathan's Diary

Going back in time to my adolescent-on-the-verge-of-manhood years, it was all about “Runnin’ Out Of Fools” and then “Chain Of Fools”: Aretha had her share and - as I traversed the ‘lovers’ lane’ she referenced in her cover of Cecil Gant’s “I Wonder” in 1967 – I had mine too.

(An edited version of a  feature that was originally published on a previous iteration of SoulMusic.com in 2005).

I got some memories to look back on…” (Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, lyric line from “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing”)…

…First off, trust all is well with each and every one of you in these challenging times.  Unquestionably, with all that we are all dealing with at this time, music – and particularly soul music – can provide comfort, healing, empowerment and hope.

…in advance of my 72nd birthday (February 15), I planned a trip to Los Angeles just after the Grammy Awards (not something I felt compelled to attend, having been to more than a few during my years living in the U.S., given that actually being at the event itself offers very little in the way of a great view unless