The spring of was a dark time for Marvin Gaye. His beloved duet partner Tammi Terrell had died after a The Edge - Robbie Williams - Under The Radar Volume I (File, Album) struggle with a brain tumor. His brother Frankie had returned from Vietnam with horror stories that moved Marvin to tears.
And at Motown, Marvin was stymied in his quest to address social issues Sugrįžimas - Marijonas Mikutavičius - Baigėme Mokyklą his music.
While he was pondering his next move, a song fell in his lap that would provide a channel for all his sorrow Whats Going On - Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On frustration. I saw this, and started wondering what was going on. Obie played a rough version to Joan Baez, who also passed. He then brought it to Marvin Gaye, who loved it, saying it would Screamin Jay Hawkins - At Home With Screamin Jay Hawkins perfect for the Originals, a Motown vocal quartet he was producing.
Benson disagreed, giving Marvin an ultimatum. He added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem more like a story than a song.
He made it visual. He absorbed himself to the extent that when you heard the song you could see the people and feel the hurt and pain. We measured him for the suit, and he tailored it. All Motown artists went through a finishing school that taught them to carefully avoid controversial topics in both their interviews and music. But since day one of his tenure at the label, Marvin Gaye was a rebel. Paying for the sessions himself, Marvin drafted in extra players, including several Detroit Symphony members and two friends from the Detroit Lions football team to add street chatter.
One example: the yearning sax figure that opens the record. Session man Eli Fontaine was warming up over the track, when Marvin stopped the tape and told him he could go home. Fontaine replied that he was just goofing around. Once I played that stereo mix on a mono machine and he heard both voices at the same time by accident. He loved it. It was an immediate sensation, Valley Of Thorns - Earth Ship* - Hollowed on at radio in several major cities, and selling over acopies in its first week.
Beyond any chart position, the song has become a timeless spiritual anthem. I had myself in that frame of mind. People were confused and needed reassurance. God was offering that reassurance through his music. I was privileged to be the instrument. From Performing Songwriter Issue 94, June Category : Behind The Song. One of the best songs of the era from one of the best, most important albums of the era…or any era. Gaye was a genius, but a man in deep pain.
Seriously abused and beaten as a child, he took every loss very hard and empathized with the pain of others like it was his own. He understood oppression and unfairness and put that wisdom into the song and the whole album. Another great artist who suffered emotionally, got into drugs and died young — no, murdered, shot by his own father. But I mean really a great artist, from his earliest hits to the bitter end, Marvin was a creative force, a singer of excellence, a magnificent Soul Brother.
Marvin, we remember Whats Going On - Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On and we miss you. I bought this project on cassette tape. The lyrics were so strong and the lingering of the end of one track and the intro to the next track.
Made it seem like one song with different levels that would go full circle. And before you knew it, you were back to the beginning again. After coming home from 20 months in Vietnam in I enrolled in a small college in Southern Utah. My speech class required a dramatic reading for the final grade.
I love the way each song goes into the other without stopping, beautiful melody as well as a prolific meaning. This is probably one of my all time favorite albums. I enjoyed hearing the album around Just listening to it uplifts my spirits —like a great, modern hymn. Its a true spiritual anthem for our times, even though it was first conceived in the s. Songs like this help us celebrate our shared humanity. I am Whats Going On - Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On glad the song slipped out. It sends a powerful message.
I am so thankful to Stevie Wonder for supporting it. For Marvin it hit close — his own brother fought in Vietnam. It brings me to tears to think about the pain and shame that Marvin lived through.
He never experienced any warmth, any love from his father. Violence and abuse dominated their relationship. RIP, Marvin.
No more pain for you on this The Snows Of Mauna Kea - John Rowles - The Snows Of Mauna Kea filled with evil. I am sure God is all the Love and Comfort you need. This is my all Whats Going On - Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On favorite album. One of the most interesting things is the lyrics throughout the album can still be applied to the world today.
I thank everyone involved in supporting Marvin with this masterpiece. Think buddy, there is something going on and you are un-blindly closing your eyes. Wow, this sends waves of joy through my body.
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