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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Got to Give it Up: Simply Beautiful

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I love Marvin Gaye's music -- from the "What's Goin' On" album, to the music he made before he died. I do like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "You're All I Need," but I'm not so crazy about the other music he made before his prophetic "What's Goin' On" project. Gigi doesn't care much for Marvin's music, except for this one song, "Got to Give it Up." This is a masterpice too, just in a more fun, carefree way. The rhythms and soul of this song have been sampled and copied to death. It's just that good. People can't seem to get enough of it.

Check out Marvin from a Soul Train performance, where he's having such a good time with the song that he abandons trying to lip sync the tune at one point and jumps down with the crowd to dance. What musician can you think of who has had this much fun performing one of their own songs? He loses himself here with the joy and energy of the Soul Train dancers. They are loving it. Imagine, actually dancing with the incomparable Marvin Gaye!



Now Gigi loves just about everything that Al Green sings. Of course, I love him too -- which is where she gets the appreciation of his music. Gigi couldn't get enough of this acoustic performance of "Simply Beautiful" by Al Green on VH1:



Here's the studio version of "Simply Beautiful" -- it's simply gorgeous.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know what to send your old MaDear. You know my likes in all different kind of music.

Thanks
MaDear

Alicia Benjamin said...

You can't go wrong with Marvin and Al! -)

Anonymous said...

neteru alicia

thank you for the message about marvin gaye. his music was very powerful during the time of my revolutionary days. even though we partied to his music, there still was the need to really listen to his messages and think about the unrest going on in the world.

sernuaaba heru-t

Alicia Benjamin said...

sernuaaba heru,

It's my pleasure.

Marvin Gaye was a complicated and prolific musician. He must be one of the best examples of an artist who expressed both his spiritual and earthy sides, fairly equally, and sometimes simultaneously. He was quite unique and gifted. I think that's why never get tired of listening to his music.'

sister alicia

Anonymous said...

ase to that.

Alicia Benjamin said...

:-)