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Marvin Pentz Gaye was born April 2, 1939 in the country’s capital, Washington, D.C.

Marvin Gaye is one of the best musicians to ever live— his double Grammy-winning music with numerous hits to top the billboard charts in the 1960s and 70s is evidence through the better half of the Motown Era– Detroit. Unfortunately, Motown’s move from Detroit to LA lost much of its essence and soul.  I personally think that lose of Marvin’s creativity during the LA- Motown years may have very well been a lost of Motown all together.

 Ebony Magazine named Marvin Gaye as one of the 25 Coolest Brothers of All Time:

 

WHAT MAKES Marvin COOL:  

Marvin moves us. Whenever we hear him, we feel. This complex artist, Marvin Pentz Gaye, sang about “The Ecology” when it wasn’t hip to be green–“Mercy Mercy Me“—and about trigger-happy policin’ when cop brutality didn’t make the news. Now when we get the “Inner City Blues“, we all wanna holler and throw up both our hands. He fearlessly asked us “What’s Going On,” and his defiant declaration still resonates today–War is not the answer. He was vulnerable in love, willing to disclose his desire—“I Want You“—yet only going so far—-I want you to want me too. And when his lady was hesitant, he insisted they not waste time together. “Let’s Get It On,” he urged—-because after all, givin’ yourself to me can never be wrong, if the love is true. Marvin, we still feel you.     —Candi Mariwether

 

Gaye was an amazing singer, producer, composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist; his creative music could move even the most stagnate of hearts and minds—listening to him today has the same effect. It’s called a “Classic”.

 Shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Marvin was deeply affected as was the rest of the African American community, and started writing and performing songs that dealt more with political and social awareness. One of my all time favorites and one of his biggest hits: “What’s Going On?”: Listen

Mother, mother, there’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother, there’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today, hey
Father, father, we don’t need to escalate
War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today
Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh what’s going on, what’s going on
Yeah, what’s going on, ah, what’s going on
Ahhh….
Mother, mother, everybody thinks we’re wrong
Ah but who are they to judge us
Simply ‘cos our hair is long
Ah you know we’ver got to find a way
To brind some understanding here today

 Marvin Gaye died on April 1, ironically one day before his birthday and two years before my birth, a tragic death at the hands of his father as he was shot to death in his parent’s Los Angeles home. Marvin was only 44 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments»

  Keri wrote @

mmmmm…That song is one of my favourites also. I like deep but simple songs which touch the very soul and thread of an issue. This is the same reason I Love Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and so many of these artiste who in no uncertain terms get across a message from the soul and in so doing we all hear it.
The soul in music or in popular music is dying if not dead. This of course is also being forced upon the people by the Music industry with the help of the general public. I must agree that in a democratic world by large people chose what and who they want to listen to but indeed with the unravelling of our standards which holds the fabric of our societies together we need to feed our ears, minds and souls with good music. Not music from Artiste claiming they put out great albums based on sales, albums which they wouldn’t let there children listen to, albums which they themselves don’t listen to but music real music, music that makes your emotions wake up. I too have and had been a victim of the Music industry but I feel over time my ears will only hear the soothing words of inspiration, upliftment and even laughter, fun and happiness. What’s going on?

  indigoblu wrote @

Wow, Keri, thanks for such a great comment. I agree with you, music is just not the same today. Rap these days? It’s mostly a waste of anyone’s time. With the exception of a few artist like Common, Roots, and such….others I wouldn’t waste my time or money on.

I grew up listening to artist like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Bobby Womack—oldies is all my parents listened to and consequentially all I was listening to as well. When I hear the majority of the songs today…the beat may be catchy….but most of the words are meaningless or at least much less meaningful than the words of old soul music.

The music and words of these Classics echo loudly from the past and into the future. I also think that the once suppressed creativity, struggle, and pain of our people is the embodiment of all these beautiful songs; there’s simply nothing else like it and that’s undeniable.


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