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You joined the choir to sing, but they won't stop preaching to you.

The gospel-trained voice of Gladys Knight in her early-seventies heyday was a marvelous instrument to behold, but try to tune it out, because it's the Pips whose influence you should be concerned about on your journey toward popstrological truth. Listen to their performance on Midnight Train To Georgia, and you can easily imagine what it would be like to have the Pips sitting behind you in a crowded movie theater. Whatever Gladys Knight sings about, there are the Pips with an editorial comment of their own. If Gladys says dreams don't always come true, the Pips say "Uh-uh, no, uh-uh," and if Gladys says she hopes to join her man on his midnight train to Georgia, the Pips say "I KNOW you will." Sometimes they clarify, sometimes they amplify, and sometimes they outright testify, but one thing the Pips never do is disagree. And therein lies the problem, for the popstrological children of Gladys Knight and the Pips find themselves all too often seated in the amen chorus or surrounded by one. Either way, you run the risk of what military analysts call "incestuous amplification," which occurs when you listen only to the opinions of those already in lock-step agreement with you. Affirmations and support from you nearest and dearest are gifts you shouldn't even consider discarding, but avoid situations ripe for miscalculation by finding an outside opinion before convincing yourself of the righteousness of your own.
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Midnight Train To Georgia  Oct 21-Nov 3, 1973


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