Throwback Thursday: Marvin Gaye’s Exceptional A Cappella Voice

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:

OMG! I Finally Ate Something Healthy!

Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are.  ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Photo Taken By:  Annette Harrison
Photo Taken By: Annette Harrison

I have this wonderful friend name Deb.  She is struggling with single-life after being married for 30 years and divorced for one [sad face].  So I try to keep her company as much as I can to prevent her from being extremely lonely; thus, is why I have not posted to my blogs regularly.

Well last week Deb called me with a healthy eating suggestion.  I listened but I wasn’t interested in what she had to say.  Laughter!

You would think, since she only weighs about 105 lbs (and is very healthy) I (who is overweight) would listen to her.

Everywhere we go she is always getting compliments about her size and her appearance.  Okay!  So, I don’t learn quickly!  Laughter!

Well, any-who-how, she called to tell me I should eat Special-K cereal with almond milk.  My first thought, “yuck!”

Laughter!

Laughter!

Laughter!

Really!  Almond milk!  Special-K!  Gross!

Well, last week I thought I would try drinking almond/coconut milk.  Let’s just say, I didn’t think the milk was for me.   So, I left it in the fridge and went about my days as the thought of being wasteful tugged at me.

So last night Deb and I went to the store.  She needed to pick up a few items and I went to keep her company.

Then we got to the milk section.  She was searching for the almond milk.  I happened to be standing in front of it.  No!  I’m not that big that I hindered her from being able to see it!  But I was standing right in front of it as she was looking for it in another section.  So, I said, “Here it is!”  She turns around and begins a healthy food dialogue with me.  Ugh!  Really!  Can’t we talk about junk food!  I likes that stuffs!  LOL’s.

Then the tugging begins!  I remembered I had that expensive almond/coconut milk in the fridge and no one wanted it!

So, we go down the cereal aisle!  There is Miss. Health Nut looking for the Special-K cereal!  Ugh!  Let’s look at all the cereal that is high in sugar!  I likes that stuffs!  Laughter!

Long story short!  I brought a box of Special-K cereal with chocolate chunks and ate it with my almond/coconut milk this morning!  OMG!  That combination is so darn good!  I wanted a second bowl!  Yum!