musicology #36

doublebubble .. day 2

(Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrel –

a match made in heaven .. this pair of songbirds were the first to record this ashford and simpson penned number in 1967.

shortly after, at the tender age of 22, Tammi collapsed on stage, (in Marvin’s arms), and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Her health deteriorated and she died in 1970. Marvin devastated, retreated into near isolation, (as well as other things to ease the pain), and wrote ‘What’s Going On’ still the only authentic LP loaded with hard hitting environmental questions.

so this one is not only for the two of them, but for all of us that appreciate how short, (and cruel), life can sometimes be …


3 thoughts on “musicology #36

  1. what a beautiful song, brought a tear to the eye in fact…Marvins voice sounds so young and joyous. They were indeed lucky to have had that chance to sing together, they sound happy.


  2. for themusicologist a song is often the ultimate expression and fulfillment of ‘destiny/fate’
    Some artists utilise music’s power to deliver a message so perfectly that once delivered their ‘job’ is done … I believe wholeheartedly that we ALL have a message to deliver but most of us don’t seem to find the right ‘language’ in which to communicate. Some do and music seems to be a common denominator. The countess hits the nail on the head about Marvins voice as the ‘joy’ is there for all to hear. Subsequently his magum opus drew heavily on the experience of connecting with such a soulmate and luckily, (for us), he wasn’t afraid to share it.
    Marvin, thank you for your bravery. The truth is so rare in this world of illusions and you continue let us know ‘what’s going on’ in so many ways.


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