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In his song “I Want You”, released 1976, from the album of the same name. Marvin Gaye conveys the depths of his passion to the point that he makes you feel like you’re in love, even if your reality is quite different! You might find yourself splayed out on the floor starring up at the ceiling in a trance! Listening over, and over as he ad libs, “listen precious, I’ve wanted you for a longtime”. What Gaye so brilliantly, and effectively captures, is the essence of what it means to be human by the basic need and desire to be loved, and to be in love. It is essential to the spirit. Much has been written about the song and album, that he made while burning, unquenchable, desire for the teenage Janis Hunter. She would later become his wife, and the mother of his two youngest children. It worked!!
Tonight I’m thinking about that music from the men and women, which filled my parent’s apartment in Brooklyn, during the 70s and 80s. Their sounds of love, passion, anger, liberation, and declarations, came ozzing out of the 3 feet tall speakers, of my daddy’s sound system. I grew up looking at these iconic album covers sitting on the couch of our living room. Pictures of Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Minnie Riperton, Rick James, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Curtis Mayfield, Teddy Pendergrass, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Millie Jackson, Dorothy Moore, Ashford and Simpson, Patti Labelle, Sylvester,The Commodores (just to be close to you), Rufus and Chaka Khan (one of the greatest bands of all time), Candi Staton, George Duke, Miles Davis, Lakeside. The list goes on and on. It’s quite a collection.The pictures burned themselves into my head (possibly one of the reasons I became a photographer). Indelibly linked to my childhood it was a time of great change, and excitement. Mixed with dysfunction, stability, violence, love, and freedom. They gave me an education into the grown and sexy world. One that I couldn’t wait to enter. It conjured an idea of what I thought it was like to be an adult. My adulthood has never looked as hot as this…
I guess tonight I’m nostalgic for that time, and missing my dad. He moved back to his hometown in North Carolina some years ago. Looking at these pictures of Marvin Gaye he reminds me of my dad. When he was a young, married, father. My mother and him would get dressed to the nines and go to Madison Square Garden, or Radio City Music Hall. (That’s how you represented back then.) They saw all these cats in concert! Bringing their own concealed bottle of Amaretto (we ain’t paying for no drinks we brought our own son). My sister and I would stay up until they came home. Recounting the evening, and asking my mother how she danced, which she would gladly demonstrate. I would look at my father to confirm, “did she daddy?”. “YES SHE DID” he would say, as if he wished she had not! It was the best childhood growing up in the 70s,80s in New York (no matter what you heard about it).
In my opinion that era had great promise for Black folks coming out the Civil Rights movement. The city was more of real neighborhoods, where people knew each other and cared. We could still run and play in the streets. A vibrant, unstoppable energy, was coming out of the nooks and crannies, from Harlem, Soho, Brooklyn, and The Bronx.The music had changed from that iconic Motown sound, to some of the most innovative, creative, soul moving, music that todays recording artists can never, ever touch! Very few can even measure up, no matter how much sampling, mixing, or just straight up jacking by the Robin Thickes of the world, try as they may.
That said, when artists like Marvin Gaye leave this world, they leave an incredible contribution to humanity. A documented legacy of joy, pain, sorrow, anger, beauty, desire, lust, sex, and destruction. In the genius that is his, a whole generation of musicians, artists, and writers have been influenced. His story reminds us of what it means to be alive, to be an artist of powerful caliber. The sacrifice made in sharing those gifts and talents, even to be destroyed by them in the end. Lessons to pass down, but in the meantime I will keep listening, and taking pleasure in what he left behind.
Minnie Riperton, “Advertures” in Paradise Album 1975
Marvin Gaye…what more is there to say. Recording Lets Get It On Album 1973.