“I love music. Yes, I do – and Gamble, too. We were having a ball writing songs like this. Every artist or group, when they’re on a good streak, they just get together and whatever they do is happening. That’s where Gamble and I were at this point. We just got in a room, and another hit walked out with us.
“We were paying tribute to the music we loved. When I grew up, my mother played everything. From Nat King Cole to Lawrence Welk, she did it all – rock ‘n’ roll, too. The only exception was Sundays. Sundays were for gospel. No rock ‘n’ roll on Sundays, man.
“But yeah, we gave our respects here. [sings] ‘I love music/ any kind of music/ sweet sweet music/ as long as it’s groovin’…’ The O’Jays were the perfect group to sing the song. Everybody was loving The O’Jays when they recorded it.
“We worked with great arrangers. Gamble and I would hum the horn parts. We couldn’t write them out, but we knew how they should go. The parts were melodic, they were percussive, they did it all. They stood out.”