Women have always been magical to me. When I was taken out to eat as a little boy, I noticed that the women got salads while everyone else ordered good things like pizza or hamburgers. I reasoned that once girls got to be a certain age, their taste buds changed and salads began to taste like pizza or hamburgers to them. As I got older, I realized that this was nonsense. However, I saw other things in women that I continue to regard as magical and very different from the reality of men. I often try to see things from a woman’s perspective. I believe that Curtis Mayfield attempted to do the same when he wrote The Staple Singers’ Let’s Do It Again (1975). I believe that he hit the bull’s-eye. I suppose that only women could say for sure. Nevertheless, this song ranks quite high on my list of the greatest songs ever made.
If we all were more empathic in our relations with others, there would be much less tension and conflict in the world. I imagine that very few of us employ empathy on a regular basis. This is unfortunate. Empathy often enables us to understand another’s feelings and/or behavior. What a gracious world this could be if we would continually put ourselves in the other person’s position. Honey Cone’s Girls, It Ain’t Easy (1969) provokes empathy more so than any other song I can recall. When listening to it, I often find myself turning against my own gender. It is difficult not to sympathize with the perceived sources of this outcry. This exemplifies how dynamic this song is. This is not Honey Cone’s biggest hit, but I think it’s their best one.