For the week of 8/13/2012…

“Pain in My Heart” by Otis Redding

This is almost certainly my favorite Otis Redding song, and perhaps my favorite soul song, period.  I love everything about this song; all of its components just work together so well, from the horns (whose shifting dynamics complement the impassioned vocals perfectly) to the guitar line that follows the second line of each verse.  “Pain in My Heart” may very well be my Song of the Summer, a title which I can assure you I do not bestow lightly.  But as I wrote a couple of weeks ago, ’60s soul is the ideal music for summertime listening.