Think the world is a confusing place? If you do, I can reassure you that your feelings are not new or different.
Many of you are too young to remember the turbulent 1960s. It was a time not unlike our current period. There was a lot of disagreement and many protest movements. The music of the time reflected many of those viewpoints. One song that seemed to sum it all up was a song by the Soul group The Temptations. Psychedelic music was just gaining a foothold in the industry and The Temptations transitioned their repertoire from love songs to songs about social conditions.
With songs like Papa was a Rolling Stone and today’s song Ball of Confusion they addressed what a lot of people were thinking at the time.
When you listen to Ball of Confusion, released in 1970, you may hear reference to many of the social issues that we talk about today, even though it has been over 50 years. They never seem to be resolved, so like the song says, “The Band Plays On”.