War Times + Song SelectionsJune 8, 2011 No Comments
I am continue the research process– working on songs to produce for my next music project honoring the military. So, I read with great interest this week an article in the Wall Street Journal about Berry Gordy Jr. and how he handled a Marvin Gaye music project back in 1970.
Gaye’s monumental hit single “What’s Going On” and album was released 40 years ago. It was reissued on Tuesday as a remastered anniversary package.
That song as most of you know expressed Gaye’s deep concern about the Vietnam War and the toll it was taking on American society.
In considering songs for my CD, I have been careful to read the lyrics and to make sure I am setting the right tone and staying as positive as I can. The last thing I want to do is alienate anyone. I don’t believe a war protest song would be well received.
Berry Gordy did indeed have reservations about some of Marvin Gaye’s lyrics for “What’s Going On,” but he ultimately decided to take the risk and have the single produced and released in January 1971.
While I don’t plan to release any songs with a protest theme, I do want to decide on a set on songs that will make listeners think and appreciate the sacrifices made every sing day by men and women who serve our country.
Mr.Gordy says that he considers “What’s Going On” as one of Motown’s most prestigious singles and albums.
I’m right there with him on that.
They certainly made Gaye an icon.
If you’re following these posts on my blog, I’d love to have your opinion on what songs you think I should seriously consider releasing on my album.
Onward + Upward!Tags: Marvin Gaye, war, What's Going OnCurrent Affairs, My Musical Journey