Saturday, April 2, 2011
What's going on
Many good musicians, authors and artists are born on this day and so you too may be endowed with a sense of the aesthetic and artistic. You exhibit high imagination, idealism and are no doubt a dreamer who likes to fantasise. You will need a very strong sense of your own personal and domestic space. ... It is important for you to control your fiery emotions and direct that energy constructively.
Now it might just be a pile of hoo-hah, but this being the birthday of Marvin Gaye we can't help but wonder about the circumstances surrounding his death. We know he was fatally shot by his father during an argument on April 1, 1984, just one day short of his 45th birthday. Those are the facts, and we'll stick to them because today also happens to be the birthday of Jack Webb.
But they won't stop us from putting What's Going On in the player, listening to a sacred collection of songs and reflecting on a truly gifted artist. In the liner notes to the 1971 album Gaye thanks his parents "for conceiving, having and loving me," and adds "check out the Ten Commandments too. You can't go too far wrong if you live them, dig it. ... Thanks for life and loved ones. Thank you Jesus."
Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), Singer
I Heard It Through the Grapevine, What's Going On, Sexual Healing
Leon Russell (1942): Singer, keyboards
Tight Rope, Lady Blue
Glen Dale (1943): Guitar/vocals, The Fortunes
You've Got Your Troubles, Here It Comes Again
Kurt Winter (1946-1997): Guitar, Guess Who
Share The Land , Bus Rider, Hand Me Down World
Leon Wilkeson (1952-2001): Bass, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama, Gimme Three Steps, Free Bird
David Robinson (1953): Drums, Cars
My Best Friend's Girl, Shake It Up, Drive