America has lost some good and important voices

Amid all the noise and drama, it may have been missed that we lost important American voices that contributed to the greater good.

While Death remains the undisputed heavyweight champion, it’s still hard to lose the likes of sports commentator Vincent E. “Vin” Scully, songwriter Lamont Dozier and historian David McCullough.

A sportscaster for more than 70 decades, including 67 seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, Scully was an eyewitness to moments that helped define America’s image.

Vin Scully, the voice of the LA Dodgers for 67 seasons and called NFL, golf and 25 World Series, including the Tigers' 1984 triumph, died Aug. 2 at the age of 94.

When Hank Aaron, who started out in the Negroes because he wasn’t allowed to play Major League Baseball, broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, the jewel in the crown of baseball records, the April 8, 1974, despite a deluge of death threats, it was only fitting and fitting that the elegant Scully, who had told so much about America’s sporting century, should be the one to exemplify the moment.

There was something comforting about Scully’s consistency. Perhaps because his iconic and instantly recognizable voice was mostly American.

Devoid of a regional accent, his optimism for the America embodied in the sport shone through.

Whenever Scully occupied a broadcast booth, the story was his companion.

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Songwriter/producer Lamont Dozier appears at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in New York on February 25, 1998. Dozier, of the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland team which wrote and produced

The music was the message

You may not recognize Dozier’s name, but I bet you skipped one of his songs.

Dozier, who died last week at age 81, was one reason Motown could arguably lay claim to its “Young America’s Soundtrack” slogan.

Born in Detroit, he was one-third of the brilliant Holland-Dozier-Holland trio of songwriters and producers, who created hits such as “Heat Wave”, “Jimmy Mack”, “Keep Me Hanging On”, ” Baby Love”, “Bernadette”, “I Can’t Help It” and “How Sweet (To Be Loved By You)”.

You have songs swirling around in your head, don’t you?

It matters because music matters. We define ourselves through music. We marvel at how lyrics so often say what we can’t.

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