Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ms. Martha Reeves Mowtown singer (Martha and the Vandellas )

Ms. Martha Reeves
c/o Martha Reeves Enterprises, Inc.
1300 E. Lafayette Street, Suite 1211
Detroit, MI  48207-2905

Dear Ms. Reeves,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I’m a fan of your singing and your activism.  I really enjoyed listening to Martha and the Vandellas because I liked on how some of the songs were creative,  some symbolisms about working hard to overcome different challenges, and many others.   Some of my favorite songs that you and the members of the Martha and the Vandellas were Heat Wave, Come and Get These Memories, In My lonely Room, Nowhere to Run,  and Dancing in the Streets.  After you left the Martha and the Vandellas, I liked on how you continue to work on making your solo songs.  Some of my favorite solo songs that you sang were Power of Love,  Love Blind, and I’m Not Leaving.   Also I really liked on how you used your role as board member of the SAG-AFTRA  Detroit chapter to help advocate for better wages  for musicians, sessions singers, and recording artists. Besides your acting career, I truly appreciate on how you are a strong supporter of civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights causes to reduce discrimination. Also I like on how you use your role as an African American to help donate money to help support African American communities to be repaired and express the need for reducing racial profiling in the criminal justice system to help protect African Americans including minorities. Another thing that I like about your activism is how you use your role as a singer to help raise money to help fund the arts to make society diverse and advocate for better pay along with better health care benefits for artists, entertainers, and recording staff.

Ms. Reeves, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights causes really inspires me to work hard on my disability.  Last year I visited the Detroit Historical Museum in Detroit, Michigan where I enjoyed learning about the history of City of Detroit and some of Mowtown   playing a role in helping shape the city. In the museum, I saw an exhibit about your work as an artist during the Motown era and I had fun learning about some of your life along with how you work hard to overcome different obstacles.  Your role as a singer and your activism helps me continue my interest in listening to Mowtown music and learn history including social justice.  

I strongly believe that you are a very talented singer. You do such an excellent job making songs creative with some message or humor.  I really enjoyed learning about your career and taking the time to listen to your music. You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, learn about your life, explore Mowtown music, and continue to learn history including social justice.  I was wondering if you could please take the time to answer some of my questions. Also here is a picture of me when I visited Detroit, Michigan for you to keep as a gift for inspiring me. I have provided a small donation to help your activism.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to make a great difference for society and the arts.


Matt Winick

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