Aug 2, 2013

Roots & Rhythm: Marvin Gaye - "Got to Give It Up (Part I & II)

I keep hearing Robin Thick everywhere with "Blurred Lines".  I mean everywhere.  It seems to be one of those songs that people love, but they really don't know why.  It took me a few weeks, but I finally figured out why I can't help but move when I hear it.  I didn't realize I had heard it before.  While "Blurred Lines" was playing on the radio, one of my favorite songs was playing in my head.

"I used to go out to parties and stand around.  'Cause I was to nervous to really get down."

It was Marvin!  Marvin Gaye is arguably on of the greatest talents of this time, but he also seemed to be beautiful in Spirit.  He was definitely beautiful in person and I enjoy looking at his transformation in pictures over the years.  It reminds me that we all start with what we know and if we're true to ourselves, we make it our own.

Marvin started out with a close cut, but over the years, he wore his share of TWAs and hats.  The energy of the images we are blessed to have offer a cool confidence that radiates naturally from him.

As his look became more authentic, I noticed that he didn't complete stray from his classic look; he just relaxed into the style more.

In one of Marvin's Soul Train appearances he performs "Got to Give It Up (Part I)" and loses himself in the beat - and the crowd - during "Got to Give It Up (Part II).

How long does it take for you to give it up and dance to this one?  I'm all in as soon as I hear it!
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