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Thankful and Thoughtful

Posted in Music, Music Video with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by greedycherry

Marvin Gaye Singing While Lying On A Couch

And while we’re on the subject of great soul music….(please see my previous post “Intruder Alert” if you’re confused in the slightest)…..I saw this video on YouTube today and was flabbergasted.

What a colossal loss Marvin Gaye was. Such an immense talent, taken in anger from us by a bullet …. from his own father, no less. Who knows what great music he would have written, what important causes he would have taken up and penned anthems to. When we think of an influential songwriter from the past who embodies the concepts of peace and social consciousness, we often think of John Lennon, but we would be remiss to leave out Marvin. His “What’s Going On” album, released in 1971, was born of a deep concern for the brutality and violence that was going on at the time, not only here in the United States with anti-war protesters, but, of course, in Vietnam itself.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, Marvin explained:

“In 1969 or 1970, I began to re-evaluate my whole concept of what I wanted my music to say… I was very much affected by letters my brother was sending me from Vietnam, as well as the social situation here at home. I realized that I had to put my own fantasies behind me if I wanted to write songs that would reach the souls of people. I wanted them to take a look at what was happening in the world.”

Of course, within two years “Let’s Get It On” was released, taking Marvin from social consciousness to sexual intimacy, and that’s where he would remain with 1976’s “I Want You”, the song you hear him rehearsing in the video above.  (I still can’t believe the vocal quality this guy could get just laying down on a couch in his sweats. CRAZY.)  I am a huge fan of “behind the scenes” video footage, and watching him rehearse this number with these musicians (which I will assume, not knowing where this clip came from, was a touring band of some kind, as the musicians are totally different than the ones listed in the album’s credits) was such a treat for me to watch …. just thought I’d share.

Also, in keeping with the upcoming holiday weekend, I thought I would mention how thankful I am that I have this blog and that some people actually read it.  It’s a good outlet in which to talk about the thing I love most: music …. I just wish making music was as easy as sitting down and typing for an hour.  Actually, I hope to get some new music out before too long, and currently have two songs already in the pipeline: one to be mixed, and one yet to be recorded.  If all goes well, you’ll hear more about that soon.

Until then, here’s a little soul music gift to send you on your way in the proper spirit for the Thanksgiving weekend (and no, it’s NOT “Black Friday” weekend or “Cyber Monday” weekend!!!!!): a new cover of Sly Stone’s “Thankful N’ Thoughful” by Bettye LaVette, off her latest album of the same name.  Bettye’s been doing it for real since 1962, but only in the past decade has she started to receive the kind of success she’s always hoped for.  No wonder she named the album after this track!

Here’s wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Have a great holiday, and I’ll see you next time!

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