40 years ago Marvin Gaye Asked, “What’s Goin’ On?”

21 05 2011

It was 1971 when Motown released Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking album, What’s Going On? the first of the label to ask that very real question of the Vietnam War, drug use, poverty. Even 40 years later it continues to induce goose bumps through Gaye’s pained, velveteen vocals, its brave message, and sultry bass. Released during a divisive time for many Americans, Gaye had the audacity to speak for a society fed up with sugar-coated pop and politics.

So here we are, all of us in this thing called life in 2011- another century which seems at first glance so far removed from the early 1970’s; however we can ask ourselves, “What’s going on?”  Our country is still fighting a confusing war on several fronts, the gap between the rich and…everyone else is widening, and our education system continues to keep minorities marginalized.

This anniversary serves as a reminder to us, for it’s easy to forget, that we are each blessed with talents to serve a larger purpose. Sure, Marvin Gaye had his share of infamous troubles, but in making What’s Going On? he used his talents to remind us all to be bold and ask questions-yes, even us non-famous people can act boldly.




Trackrunners: Everybody Plays the Fool

20 12 2010

Damn there’s alot of heartache out there…

Your boyfriend told you your glasses were “ugly”. The girl you have a crush on didn’t check the “yes” box. You got The Herp from that okCupid lover who “didn’t seem like that kind of girl”. The dude reading The Giving Tree on the subway didn’t fall in-love with you by your stop.

Day after day our cruel world throws it at us and sometimes we just need a little soul for to ease our souls…Relief is on its way. The music understands.

itschewbac’s Heartache Mix: Everybody Plays the Fool

1. The Thin Line Between Love and Hate x The Persauders

2. I Could Never Love Another After Loving You(After Loving You) x The Temptations

3. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted x Jimmy Ruffin

4. Don’t Play that Song x Aretha Franklin

5. You’re No Good x Betty Everett

6. So You’re Leaving x Al Green

7. What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am x The Tams

8. Slip Away x Clarence Carter

9. Everybody Plays the Fool x The Main Ingredients

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