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Morning Song – Rock The Boat

October 13, 2015

Modesty forbids this little blog from quoting itself…most of the time.  But sometimes, when you’re right, you’re right—as in this description a couple years back of The Hues Corporation’s 1974 song of the summer, “Rock The Boat”:

“There’s just nothing wrong with this song.  Fleming Williams’ tender, silky lead vocals, smooth harmonies from H. Ann Kelly and St. Clair Lee on the chorus, the hi-hat-cymbal-and-congas combo anchoring the beat, wah-wah guitar fills over one of James Jamerson’s finest post-Motown bass lines, soaring strings, tight horn riffs—all capped off by a great closing fadeout when, for the last 40 seconds or so, they all take it up another notch so that the song ends with everyone on the dance floor (on the street, in the car, on the beach, cuddling on the couch…) happy and wanting more.”

In The Martian, that applies even to disco-hating botanist Mark Watney.

“In your face, Neil Armstrong.”

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