Think you know music? Check out Seth Rudetsky. He KNOWS music & his song deconstructions are a riot.

Video: Seth Rudetsky deconstructs Melba Moore's I Got Love

In the autumn of 1970, I showered, brushed my teeth and hair, and put on just a smidge of bronzer to deepen my rapidly fading summer tan. Dressed up in my toniest suit, I walked across the hall and rang Joe Manganello’s doorbell. We walked to West End Avenue, hailed a cab, and headed to the Shuberts‘ Winter Garden Theatre to see Melba Moore in Purlie.

Purlie was one hot ticket. Cleavon Little as Purlie and Melba Moore as Lutiebelle—with C. David Colson, Sherman Hemsley, Linda Hopkins, Novella Nelson and Helen Martin—were taking Broadway by storm. Moore’s brilliant rendition of I Got Love received a standing ovation performance after performance after performance.

The show is one of my all-time favorite musicals. The Broadway cast recording—with a bit of gospel, a bit of belting, and more than a bit of love and humor—is outstanding in every way.

Over the past 48 years, I’ve surely listened to the recording more than a hundred times. Yet, until I saw Seth Rudetsky deconstruct I’ve Got Love, I had no idea of just why Moore’s performance was so ear-catching, so very special. Watch Seth in this video and you’ll never again question if education can be entertaining.

As a side note, Sherman Hemsley and I became friends several years after he’d left Purlie and I’d left New York.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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