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“That’s Alright”: For Those of Us Who LIVE/LOVE (peace sublime)

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Great Monday all! I’m continuing with my motivational wisdom from Marvin Gaye..enjoy the video/music track below!

“Right On”Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" high res cover art

Hey baby
That’s alright people
I know that’s alright
Oh, when we love each other
I know that’s alright
Oh feel it, feel it
Oh everybody feel it
God knows that’s alright, yes
Some of us were born
With money to spend
Some of us were born
For races to win
Some of us are aware
That it’s good for us to care
Some of us feel the icy wind
Of poverty blowing in the air
For those of us who simply like to socialize
For those of us who tend the sick
And heed the people’s cries
Let me say to you
Right on!
Right on, feel it
And I say, Right on
Honey right on
For those of us who live
Where peace is craved
For those of us who live,
Where hatred is enslaved, alright
For those of us who live a life
Yea, surrounded by good fortune and wealth

Those of us who live a life
Hey, hey, hey enjoying ourselves
For those of us who got drowned
In the sea of happiness
For the soul that takes pride in his God
And himself and everything else
Love
That’s all it is
We need love
That’s all it is
Oh, oh
Love, love
Love’s the thing
Love, love, love, love
Sweet love, love
Wonderful love
Ah, true love, love
Love for your brother and love,
Love, for God
Pure love
Love can conquer hate every time
Give out some love and you’ll find
Peace sublime
And my darling, one more thing
If you let me, I will take you
To live where love is King
Ah, baby
That’s alright
Alright

-Marvin Gaye, 1972

 

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God is Love

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Enjoy today’s Soul Food and pass it on! Short, sweet and poignant! (audio/video link at the bottom)

Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" high res cover art“God Is Love”
Don’t go and talk about my Father
‘Cause God is my friend
Jesus is my friend
He made this world for us to live in, and gave us everything
And all He asks of us, (PEACE!) is we give each other love.
Don’t go and talk about my Father
Cause God is my friend
Jesus is my friend
He loves us whether or not we know it
And He’ll forgive all our sins (He’ll forgive our sins)
And all He asks of us, is we give each other love, oh yeah.

Love your mother, she bore you
Love your father, he works for you
Love your sister, she’s good to you
Love your brother, your brother!
Don’t go and talk about my Father, He’s good to us,
God is my friend
Jesus is my friend
And when we call in Him for mercy, (Mercy Father)
He’ll be merciful, my friend
Oh, yes He will
And all He asks of us, I know……….

-Marvin Gaye 1971

 

For Those Who Self-Medicate…You Can Overcome It

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Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" high res cover artToday is a day of greatness, folks! Well, as you know, I’m pulling my inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On?” album all week. I’m including this song as inspiration because, somehow, his song from 1971 about the emotional and mental enslavement of self-medication seems somewhat inspirational, I would think, for others going through or who have been through the same thing to move past it..just as the song and album does. The way that Marvin could use his vocal talent to make the listener feel his soul and to actually understand the story that is told in his music is not only pure genius, but it is divine talent.

As Jim Ramstad once said: “It is time to end the discrimination against people who need treatment for chemical addiction. It is time for Congress to deal with our Nation’s number one public health problem.”

Enjoy the poetry of the lyrics and enjoy the clip below!

Flying high in the friendly sky
(Flying high) without ever leavin’ the ground, no
Rest of the folks are tired and weary
Oh Lord, and have laid their bodies down.
I go the place where danger awaits me
and it’s bound to forsake me.
So stupid minded...
I can’t help it
oh, so stupid minded.
But I go crazy when I can’t find it,
In the morning, I’ll be alright, my friend.
But soon the night will bring the pains,
The pain, the awful pain
Flying high in the friendly sky
Without ever leaving the ground
And I ain’t seen nothing but trouble baby
Nobody really understands, no no
And I go to the place where the good feelin’ awaits me
  Self-destruction in my hand
Oh Lord, so stupid minded
Oh and I go crazy when I can’t find it
Well I know I’m hooked my friend
To that boy out there hangin’, who makes slaves out of men.
And oh believe me
Flying high in the friendly sky
 flyin’ high…

-Marvin Gaye, ‘Flying High (In the Friendly Sky)’

What’s Going On?

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Great day, great people! Well today, and this week, I am inspired my the one and only Marvin Gaye. He was so ahead of his time and his ‘What’s Going On’ album was so ahead of its time. The music on that album is the soul of Marvin and the soul of so many of us trying to achieve “the dream”.  If you have not been exposed to the album, in full, get a copy, ASAP! 😉 I’m sharing his wisdom from this album because, like any great wisdom and talent, it’s still relevant today.
Enjoy the video/track below!

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Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today

Father, father
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today

Picket lines(sister) and picket signs(sister)
Don’t punish me with brutality(sister)
Talk to me, so you can see(sister)
Oooh, what’s going on(what’s going on)
What’s going on(what’s going on)
Ya, what’s going on(what’s going on)
Ah, what’s going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on
Right on

Mother,mother everybody thinks we’re wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long?
Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don’t punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What’s going on

Tell me what’s going on
I’ll tell you what’s going on
Right on baby
‘What’s Going On?’ – Marvin Gaye

 

What Will Your Legacy Be?

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Great day all! Today’s Soul Food is from the late, great Marvin Gaye. On this day, the anniversary of his murder, we remember him and celebrate his life through the gift of his talents that he left us, here on earth.  Because of his musical legacy, he will live forever!  I urge you to enjoy this video and pay special attention to the lyrics of both songs, as they speak to the problems of our society today, in 2013.  Marvin felt he needed to share his views on the political, economic and social climate of that time and today, we can all be our own agents for change in our own way.  Be inspired…enjoy this rare video

Lyrics – What’s Happening Brother

Hey baby, what’cha know good?
I’m just gettin’ back, but you knew I would
War is hell, when will it end,
When will people start gettin’ together again
Are things really gettin’ better, like the newspaper said?
What else is new my friend, besides what I read?
Can’t find no work, can’t find no job my friend
Money is tighter than it’s ever been
Say man, I just don’t understand
What’s going on across this land
Ah what’s happening brother,
Oh ya, what’s happening my man!
Are they still gettin’ down where we used to go and dance?
Will our ball club win the pennant,
do you think they have a chance?
And tell me friend, how in the world have you been?
Tell me what’s out and I want to know what’s in…
What’s the deal man, what’s happening
What’s happening brother
Ah what’s happening brother
What’s happening my man
Ah what’s happening brother
What’s been shaken up and down the line
I want to know cause I’m slightly behind the time.

-Marvin Gaye