Before releasing a new song, the Motown music empire founder Berry Gordy was famously known for asking his team, “If you had only enough money for this record or a sandwich, which would you buy?” And if the team would rather buy a sandwich, then producers would have to return to the studio. The song was not ready for release.
Every year I travel to the Motown Museum in Detroit and stand in Studio A, the converted garage where Berry Gordy and his team deliberated the merits of songs by The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and others before deciding between purchasing the song or the imaginary sandwich.
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My favorite drink is the Chai Latte. It costs $3.65 at Starbucks. So I asked my team – my Rants & Raves collaborator graphic artist & illustrator Andre Loftis and my editors – is the content of this column worth the weekly deprivation of one latte per week for a year? We believe it is. And we hope you agree. And if you do we would like you to become either a Ranter at $189 or Raver at $250 or more.
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