Marvin, my sweet Marvin. Second to Prince, Marvin Gaye is my favorite artist of all time and one of the few people that I can recall where I was and what I was doing on April 1, 1984, when it was announced that he’d been slain, by the hands of his father. I was at a neighbor’s house, holding some random baby when the news announced his death and being that I was 8, soon to be 9, I had no idea how much his music and life story would eventually mean to me, but I knew his music. I knew his music because my mama had been playing Marvin as long as I could remember. Just yesterday, she and I were listening to his Trouble Man album and she reminisced about how she would bump this album in her first apartment, when I was just a baby, with the windows open, loud enough for all the neighbors to hear. Imagine that close to 40 years later, she and I were sitting in my home, listening to the very album she used to play for me, when I was baby.
I could go on forever talking about Marvin, his music, his triumphs and his demons, but instead I will just post up one of my favorite songs, from my favorite album, Here, My Dear, the 1978 album he released with very little fanfare as part of a divorce settlement to his first wife, Anna Gordy. Here, My Dear and I Want You are like bookends, odes to Anna and Janice and because I love a good story, I hold these albums in higher regards than most. This song, When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You, one of my gatdamn jams, I could listen to this song forever. Enjoy.
Amy Winehouse “Valerie”
“Prince is still the coolest, no matter what he says.”
Womack & Womack - Baby, I’m Scared of You
One of my favorite jams from back in the day. I had such an amazing music upbringing growing up in Chicago where we not only partied to Hip-Hop and R&B, but also House & Deep House jams like this.