This article orginally appeared in The Daily Herald
Music enthusiasts braved the snow and cold to listen to the cool sounds of the “Spirit of Motown” program Sunday at the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire.
Pianist Jose Sandoval of Mount Prospect used storytelling and music to explain the story of Motown, the record label and sound that bridged the racial divide of the 1960s.
“It broke through all the barriers as it coincided with the Civil Rights Movement and the Peace Movement of the 60s,” explained Sandoval. “Music is the human force for change with politics usually following.”
About 25 people listened to songs such as “Money” by Barret Strong, “Do You Love Me?” by the Contours, and “Heatwave” by Martha and the Vandellas, as Sandoval discussed the history and influences of the songs.
The historical performance was presented by the Illinois Humanities Council.