William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr

William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr., is a legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive, and co-founder of Motown Records. Robinson and his group, The Miracles, met Berry Gordy who was impressed with Robinson’s vocals and ambitious songwriting. With his help they released “Got a Job.” It was the beginning of a successful collaboration and the beginnings of Motown.

If any artist could brag about his contribution to the pop culture canon, it’s Smokey Robinson.

His career is filled with so many “he was there” moments it’s a wonder he doesn’t recall them with the swagger of a conquering hero: songwriting and singing as a teenager in Detroit; co-founding Motown Records with Berry Gordy; creating 26 Top 40 hits with his group The Miracles; helping to spark racial integration of popular music in the 1960s; discovering hitmakers like Diana Ross and the Supremes; penning tunes for a jaw-droppingly diverse group of artists including Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, The Jackson Five, Kim Carnes, Linda Ronstadt; and releasing smash hits as solo artist well into the 1980s.

John Coltrane – In Memory of Robert Brown. Bob

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I made this mosaic to honor the memory of Robert Brown. Bob, as many people called him, passed away last year. There were many things that linked Bob and I together, I’m going to write about one of them, listening to live jazz music. Bob and I, and our spouses along with our other friends would often go to the Detroit Jazz Festival. Continue reading “John Coltrane – In Memory of Robert Brown. Bob”

Ray Charles

Ray Charles may not be a person you know a lot about. You may know more about his songs than the person.He was considered by many to be a genius. Ray Charles was blind, but he became one of the greatest entertainers of all time. How he was able to accomplish so much in his 73 years was incredible. During this virus era, I wanted to do a mosaic of someone authentic, energizing, and truly an original. It is my hope you will be uplifted by this mosaic and his story. Continue reading “Ray Charles”

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is an American icon. Aretha grew up in Detroit, the heart of R&B in the 60’s and 70’s. She was the ‘Queen of Soul’ for her whole career. No one during her life time dethroned her. Aretha was in life and even in death one of a kind. There are many things I think about when I do a mosaic. One thought is, “What image am I going to use?” Continue reading “Aretha Franklin”