You Can't Hurry Love (of God)

posted May 15, 2014, 12:51 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 11:36 AM ]
Most Evangelical Protestants would argue that the love of God is like any kind of love: you feel it in your heart, and when it happens, you'll know.  It's like being born again.

I think that's what the Supremes were trying to tell us, back in 1966, at the height of great Motown music.  It was their seventh Number One song, and it stayed at the top for two weeks in September, just as we were going back to school:



Sixteen years later, in 1982, Phil Collins sang it badly and in the USA his version barely made the Top Ten.  It didn't teach him a lesson, alas, and he keeps on singing it, in the desperate hope that he will recreate the magic of Diana Ross:



If you really want to understand the Meaning of Soul, watch Aretha Franklin ('The Queen of Soul') perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on 6 December 2015, at an event in honour of (among others) Carole King (she's the excited blond Jewish woman in the video), who wrote the song.  Check out President Obama wiping away a tear at 0:46.  Frankly, anyone who can listen to this song without wiping away a tear just isn't quite human:


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