Last night I was chatting with a cousin-in-law. He used the word dearth. I had never heard of the word. And I was too embarrassed to ask the meaning. So I wrote the word down on a piece of paper with the intent to use it for today’s post.
Apparently a young man was running late for work when he saw a car accident. He called his boss to leave a message about his delay. But afterwards he finds himself giving a blow-by-blow account of what was taking place between a man and elderly women. This is truly the funniest story and voicemail I have ever heard.
It is so hard to believe this incredible talented man was shy. Wow! Right!
For me, after seeing this video I decided to research Marvin Gaye. I wanted to learn more about the him the man [and not the singer]. There wasn’t much that had been uploaded on the internet about his personal life that I didn’t already know. As usually it was mostly bad stuff. To be honest, I was not surprised. It’s sad how people are only interested in the bad things when it comes to the rich and famous. It seems that people are never really concern if the person that is in an influential position is truly making a difference. Well any-who-how . . .
I can remember hearing Marvin Gaye’s tantalizing voice being resonating from the speakers of my moms record-player. I also remember how she would let his music play over and over for hours. It was as if his melodies would transport her to a place that was only for her to enjoy. I knew she had reached her fantasy destination when I would start misbehaving and she said not a word. Talk about a little person taking advantage of the situation.
Let’s just say, not only did Marvin Gaye inspire many lasting relationship through his ability to connect lovers, but he saved me from getting many tongue lashings and spankings. As my mother used his latest hits to transport her from the harshness of life.
So when I heard this sound track of Marvin Gaye singing a cappella, I was transported back to a time I enjoyed my mom the most. Not only did I return to a time where I was allowed to be a mischievous kid; but, my memory allowed me to remember how my mother set the mood for her to enjoy an evening to listen to one of her favorite vocalist, that eventually became one of my favorite male artist.
Marvin Gaye’s music makes him timeless. I realize the phrase “timeless” is normally used when referring to to music and not the artist; but it’s as if Marvin Gaye never got older than the music he recorded so long ago. His larger than life performances captured on film still gives his craft the ability to make women swoon even after his death.
As I watched several documentaries about his life, I discovered he was a kind man. He was generous with his fortune and he never met a stranger. For a kind and generous man, Marvin Gaye had his share of troubles that later spilled into the public as his tribulations finally became the reason for his death. But despite his tragic ending he has left a music legacy that will be hard to meliorate.
Personally I have always loved his song “What’s Going On.” It’s something about that song that reaches deep inside of my soul and makes me want to do what is right by humanity. As a matter of fact I am sitting here jamming to the tune and saying aloud “what a man!” And if you listen real close you can hear his Christian up-bring coming through this particular song. For those of you that do not know Marvin Gaye or have not heard ‘What’s Going On’ I’ve inserted the video below for your listening and viewing pleasure:
“Just because somebody doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with everything they got” ~ Author Unknown
I don’t normally post photos of my loved ones. I usually keep them private for safety reasons. But, since, I am blogging about being a proud woman of color I thought it would be great if I allow others to see my grand-daughter that I am so deliciously proud of. She is one of the reasons why I love living! And why I love being a Black woman! She represents everything I once was and everything I had hope to aspire. The failures of those that had the power to help create in me the things I desired as a human has encouraged me to be a better grand-parent and mentor. I am her inspiration! And she is mine!
She believes in me. She encourages me when I feel less than. And most of all she loves me unconditionally.
The above two photos are of her now. The below two photos is when she first came to live with us. She was hurt. Angry at me and wanted to return home. But we made it through. She is a bundle of love and joy. She is ever amazed at my abilities and always gives thumbs up when she thinks I have done something over the top. You should hear our conversations. Our relationship is love in action. And she will be dearly missed when she returns to her mom. Daily I give her instructions of acquiring a successful life. I tell her don’t stop till you get there and don’t depend on a man or others to give you nothing but love. And if those in your life can’t love you . . . keep stepping and love yourself.