51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 21: Smokey Robinson – Cruisin’

Technically, I’m not here. If you read last week’s post for this feature (which was all about summer holidays), you’ll know that I’m away this week and that there is somebody new in the driving seat of Hugh’s music time machine. Don’t be concerned, because I’ve given my guest plenty of lessons on how the time machine works and I know that she’ll be dropping you all off to meet me next week. In the meantime, she’s about to land you all in the year 1979.

51 weeks 51 songs from the past poster

Welcome to Niki Meadows, who is introducing one of her own choices of a song for this week. Over to you Niki…

I absolutely love music, so when Hugh mentioned he was looking for a guest post, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. The thing is, picking a song is like picking something to eat from a menu with 50 pages! How do you choose? I started asking myself questions like, my favourite song from what genre? What era? What artist? The mood I’m in? The mood I want to be in? What day of the week? The beat? The message? I know someone out there can relate! In the end, I went with a song that I love for many of the reasons outlined in my thought process. I love Smokey’s smooth voice, I love the vibe of old Motown hits, I love the way this song makes me feel! So today, I wanted to share one of my many favourite songs that embodies so many reasons why I love music. I hope you enjoy this and that it finds you well as you go about your day!

What are your thoughts on this song choice? What do you feel when you hear it? Where does it take you? Who does it make you think of? Feel free to share in the comments, I’d love to hear what you have to say!

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. Thank you to Ruth, Barbara, and Marie who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.


Niki blogs over at The Richness of a Simple Life a place she shares encouraging, inspiring, and empowering posts about life. In just over a year of blogging, she has strived to create a community where bloggers feel comfortable asking questions and having open conversations about the struggles and high points of life.



Thank you so much to Niki for holding the fort for me this week. Please join Niki, and leave a link to a favourite song in the comments section. She’ll be delighted to hear from you. I’ll see you all again next week, in the year 1985.

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  1. This song certainly has a Motown feel to it as you mentioned. Thanks for sharing Niki 🙂 It’s the kind of song that seems perfect for a warm and lazy summer’s day, maybe for a day of cruising around in the car with the windows down. It definitely takes me away from the city life that I live and make me want to escape elsewhere for a bit of rest and relaxation.

    I agree that it’s hard to choose a favourite song, and also one from a particular era. As you mentioned there’s so many things to like about a song. For me, usually a good beat and the pace of the beat is something I’m drawn to when a song first starts. After a few listens to it, then I might start deciphering the lyrics and then make up my mind if I like the song or not. But that said – there are certainly songs out there that I fall in love with at the first listen. Magic 😀 Thanks Hugh for sharing this guest post.

    1. I actually hadn’t heard that version until a few years ago and while it’s not terrible, you are just hard pressed to top Smokey! I’m glad you enjoyed the original ❤

  2. It is a new song to me but it is a style I like right away. Makes me feel like sitting on a beach, free from the everyday obligations and just enjoying the atmosphere.

    1. My dad is born and raised in Detroit so I grew up listening to Motown. I absolutely love Smokey! Growing up I was the only preteen I knew that listened to The Temptations because I wanted to. Have a great rest of the week John!

        1. Haha it definitely didn’t help me fit in, but as a military child I was used to always being the odd one out. I’ve always been that piece that didn’t quite fit in the puzzle but learned not to feel out of place.

        2. Over the years I was able to learn that. Growing up I always wanted to fit in and be like everyone else. Now I celebrate who I am and encourage others to do the same.

  3. Hi Niki, it is nice to meet you. I love a bit of Smokey Robinson too, his voice is so mellow and soothing to listen to. This weeek I have chosen a beautiful song that just tugs at my heart strings!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Judy. Nice to meet you too! I love that song! I was just listening to it yesterday as I got some writing done for this week’s blog posts. I think I’ll listen to it again as you’ve made it so easy to watch the video 💖 Have a great rest of your week!

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