Music is a shared, come-together experience, and we don't have to be at a concert or or sold-out festival to experience that. We can listen to a favorite song for the 257th time at home, with our headphones on, and we know intuitively that countless other people have also connected with "Try a Little Tenderness" over the decades.
Those unseen threads are far strong than any physical headphone cables, but Otis Redding became legendary for creating those emotion-laden ties between people and the music, and people and other people.
The celebrated King of Soul is also credited for helping to "bridge the gap between rock and soul music" during the seminal '60s, a fact the Grammy Museum will celebrate in a multi-month show. "Respect!: Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul" debuts at the Grammy Museum at LA Live on Friday, Jan. 22.
The artifacts on display will be plentiful -- look for "original stage outfits" as well as "rare photographs and performance footage," in addition to several other items detailing the Grammy winner's life, his art, and how he connected with fans through his emotive lyrics and live shows. His "tragically short career," a sentiment shared by the museum and all fans, brimmed with beautiful works that made a profound impact on millions, then and today.
"My father's first Grammy was awarded at the 11th Grammy Awards in March 1969, almost 47 years ago. To be able to unveil this exhibit, which represents his personal and professional legacy, in the weeks prior to the 58th Grammy Awards, means the world to us," shared Otis Redding's daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, Executive Director of the Otis Redding Estate.
Tunes known the globe over, like "Try a Little Tenderness" and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long," will receive the Grammy Museum tribute, as well as those gems we don't hear as often but adore still. (Surely "Merry Christmas, Baby" played on a lot of hi-fis over the holidays.)
Those connective threads woven by Mr. Redding remain strong through the ages, song to person, and other fan to other fan.
The exhibit is on at the music institution through September 2016.