parodies & text by nacrowe
i find myself always returning to the music of MARVIN GAYE. there is just something so SOOTHING and AUTHENTIC about it. there is a sense of being emotionally overwhelmed by the MOOD and POSITIVE SENTIMENT of an artist you knew damn well had suffered a great deal. listening to GAYE almost feels like a SPIRITUAL CLEANSING or a PURIFICATION RITUAL of sorts. im well aware that his music as well as all of that from MOTOWN and TAMLA RECORDS was rooted in GOSPEL, and therefore the JUDEO-CHRISTIAN belief in RENEWAL.
im not even remotely religious, but you dont need to be to appreciate GAYE. aside from his SEDUCTIVE crooning and the undeniable GROOVE of his music, there is the socio-political messaging of his later work that was very much influenced by the senseless daily atrocities and steadily amassing body count of the VIETNAM WAR. the price was paid by the poor and those of the inner city. its hard not to see parallels to today with our seemingly hopelessly entangled web of tribal POLITICAL STRIFE and manufactured MONETIZED HATRED of our fellow citizen. it feels real bad right now and listening to GAYE for me brings about an irrational belief in something seemingly improbable: HOPE. hope that things will cool down and this political moment will melt away. like i said, i dont believe that will come about during my lifetime, but when listening to GAYE it feels emotionally like a tangible possibility.
enjoy this show dedicated in his honor from july of 2021.
parodies by nacrowe
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