Happy New Year!
Along with being the first day of 2017, today also marks the 5th anniversary of The Diana Ross Project. I started writing track-by-track reviews of every Diana Ross album back in January of 2012 simply because it’s the kind of information I couldn’t find on the Internet. Everybody seemed to have an opinion about the singer’s voice, career, and persona, but very few had actually critically evaluated the singer’s work in a way that seemed meaningful or thorough.
So I started writing…with no idea that anybody would actually read the posts or comment on them. I certainly didn’t expect to hear from fans in countries I’d never even heard of. And I definitely didn’t expect to hear from people who’d actually worked with Miss Ross during her career. All of it has been a sincere surprise, and I’m so grateful that this has become a little corner of the Internet where fans can have a respectful discussion about the work and career of Diana Ross. Thank you for coming along for the ride.
Hopefully 2017 will bring new music for me to write about and for all of us to discuss — it sounds like we’ll be getting an Expanded Edition of The Supremes A’ Go-Go very soon, with a stellar alternate mix of Diana’s solo “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” included. And, of course, we can all wish for something new from Miss Ross herself; if her recent shows with the NSO Pops at The Kennedy Center are any indication, her voice is in superb shape. Watching clips of her performing songs like “It’s My Turn,” “If We Hold On Together,” and “The Best Years Of My Life” again was the perfect soothing end to a tumultuous 2016.
And, of course, if somehow, someday Miss Diana Ross gets any word about this website, I hope she knows how important she’s been in the lives of its writer and its readers. Here’s to five more “best years” ahead!