Thursday Inspiration #118 Touch Me in the Morning

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word tomorrow, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Touch Me in the Morning’, or by going with another song by Diana Ross, or anything else that you think fits.  This song deals with a woman who wants to end her relationship on the high note, by spending this last night with her man who will be giving it to her one last time and then she will always be able to look back filled with good memories of the time that they spent together.  There is no tomorrow for them, they will only be able to reflect on the yesterdays that they spent together, as when they wake up in the morning, he will touch her for the last time and then they will both walk away.  This is a very amicable breakup, where neither of them gets hurt, they are just moving on to other things and most likely they will be able to communicate respectfully with each other and they may even remain friends, because the love they shared cancels any anger.  No two breakups are the same, but some of them are inevitable and that is what we have here.

‘Touch Me in the Morning’ was written by ballad lyricist Ron Miller and songwriter/producer Michael Masser and the other producer was keyboard/piano player Tom Baird.  It was a #1 hit for Diana Ross in the US and it charted #9 in the UK.  This was released in 1973 on her fourth studio album which was named after this song which peaked at #5 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.  Ron Miller entered the music industry as a staff songwriter for Motown Records and he found success by breaking the rules, being white and writing songs in a show tunes style, allowed him to reach the forefront of black American music.  Stevie Wonder had a lot of success with the Ron Miller songs that he recorded including, ‘A Place in the Sun’, ‘For Once in My Life’, ‘Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday’, and ‘Heaven Help Us All’.  Songwriter/producer Michael Masser had his first major success with this dong, and he followed that with the chart-topping ‘Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To?)’ which was co-written with lyricist Gerry Goffin and received an Oscar nomination for best Original Song.  Masser also wrote several hits for Whitney Houston.
This song was somewhat of a comeback for Ross in the music industry as it was released when she was receiving excellent reviews for her 1972 film debut Lady Sings the Blues. where she played Billie Holiday and stared with Billy Dee Williams.

Ross felt that this song was too difficult for her calling it a draining experience and she recorded several takes to get the vocals right.  This resulted in several near-emotional breakdowns recorded in the early morning hours, as was her custom after she began raising her children.  It was worth the extra effort as it became her longest-charting Pop record and also became her first #1 Adult Contemporary hit.  Miller said he dreamed up this title for this song, although he didn’t have the vaguest idea what it meant, so he started to analyze Diane as a person, thinking this girl is out on her own now after being the big attraction for The Supremes and bow she’s an adult and a movie star.  He thought of her as being a contemporary woman that was much more liberal about expressing her sexual values.

In the 1950s, half of all American women were mothers before their 22nd birthday, shuffled into a life of motherhood and homemaking before they had a chance to think about what they wanted to do with their lives.  As the feminist movement evolved in the late 1960s, women started challenging their exclusion from politics and the workplace.  They also began to question traditional sexual roles which was a radical concept at the time, but they felt that they should be treated just like men, because they enjoyed sex and had sexual needs.  Once women’s liberation arrived, they were allowed to talk about sexual feelings say things like needing to have someone to hold them and be around to touch them the next morning.  Ron Miller knew that Diane was a liberated woman, although she was ostensibly a sophisticated woman, so she would still be crying inside to be touched in the morning.  This song became Ross’s second solo #1 single (and 14th over her career) on the Billboard Hot 100.

Touch me in the morning
Then just walk away
We don’t have tomorrow
But we had yesterday

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