Marvin Gaye

Insights provided on the recording of What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye; plus you can enjoy the album!!

Inside the Beautiful Mind of EJ Martinez

Marvin Gaye’s music and image started shortly after he was discharged out of the Air Force for mental issues (The Smoking Gun, 2005). In the 1960’s prior to recording of “What’s Going On” Marvin was more of a Jazz and Doo Wop enthusiast and had no intentions on becoming involved in R&B music. Gaye’s initial musical inspirations came in the form of groups such as The Moonglows. He attributed hearing the song “God Only Knows” as his musical awakening (*1).

There were many social and national concerns that influenced the lyrical content of What’s Going On. Many thought that Vietnam was a meaningless war. Police engaged in beating protestors at an antiwar rally at Berkeley University. Gaye’s brother also had been adversely affected by being in the war (Lynskey, 2011).

While the Four Tops were travelling on tour Obie Benson (one of the members of the group) witnessed the beatings…

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“Groove On” ~ Chill House Mix….by Oskar Koch

Digital Crate Digging Continues….checking out this  “Groove On” ~ Chill House Mix…courtesy of  Oskar Koch

Check out the playlist and the mix…as they put it down like this…

↪ Tracklist:
00:22 ~ ThermalBear, Arrows Down – Turn The Tide (Sasha Remix)
02:33 ~ Claptone feat. Jaw – No Eyes (Gamper & Dadoni Remix)
06:21 ~ Gabrielle Aplin – Home (Umami & Alle Farben)
10:25 ~ Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants
14:10 ~ The Detroit Experiment – Think Twice
18:28 ~ Motor City Drum Ensemble – L.O.V.E.
22:31 ~ Andrés – New For U
24:32 ~ Toka Project – Cafe Style
27:10 ~ Daft Punk – Too Long
31:21 ~ Marvin Gaye – Sunny (Mercury Edit II)
34:38 ~ Clean Bandit, Jess Glyne – Rather Be (Mark Di Meo Rmx)
37:42 ~ Naxxos – New Orleans (Sam Feldt Remix)
40:03 ~ Wookie ft. Zak Abel – Higher
42:34 ~ Sun Set – All Night Long (feat. Ashleigh Munn)
44:31 ~ Uppermost – Funk Transmission
46:16 ~ Uppermost – Hidden Poetry
47:47 ~ Robert Babicz – Dark Flower (Joris Voorn Magnolia Mix)
50:07 ~ Strange Talk – Morning Sun
51:38 ~ Kubix – 5 Centimetres Per Second

Phil Upchurch / Inner City Blues

Sunday Jazz Continues…checking out Phil Upchurch  with his version of Marvin Gaye’s Inner City Blues. This is from Mr. Upchurch’s Darkness album. Check out the players and the track..

Marvin Gaye – T Plays It Cool

Sunday Jazz Continues…checking out Marvin Gaye with T Plays It Cool..from his Trouble Man album.  Marvin Gaye gets the credit but it was the Funk Brothers  laying it down.

The Trouble Man album was released in 1972. Members of the Funk Brothers during that period were ………

Earl Van Dyke, Johnny Griffith- keyboards
Robert White, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Marv Tarplin, Dennis Coffey, Melvin “Wah Wah” Watson- guitars
James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt- bass
Uriel Jones, Richard “Pistol” Allen, Andrew Smith- drums
Jack Ashford, Eddie “Bongo” Brown- percussion
Jack Ashford, Jack Brokensha- vibes
Johnny Trudell, Russell Conway, Herbie Williams, Floyd Jones, Maurice Davis, Billy Horner, John “Little John” Wilson, Marcus Belgrave, Don Slaughter, Eddie Jones- trumpets
Bob Cousar, Jimmy Wilkins, Paul Riser, Don White, Carl Raetz, Patric Lanier, Bill Johnson- trombones
Dayna Hartwick- flute, piccolo
Hank Cosby, Kasuka Mafia, Thomas “Beans” Bowles, Teddy Buckner, Lefty Edwards, Eugene “BeeMee” Moore, William “Wild Bill” Moore, Angelo Carlisi, Ernie Rodgers, Dan Turner, Bernie Peacock, Larry Nozero, Eli Fontaine, Lanny Austin- saxophones

Taking The Wrapper Off

I started another one;  maybe it’ll be hot like the Rim Fire in California…this is brand new…I’m taking the wrapper off!

I started another one;  no new rims or tires on the hooptie when we were rolling down I-80 / 580 /880 out in Oakland California…please!!  the system will brand you like Chuck Connors ….but your supposed to laugh it off!

…..Brand you like Dez Wells!!  the system was telling tall tales!!  no honors but honest when I get this math off my chest!

The mothership will land you in a forsaken place!! these earthlings hope a bruh fails!!  social / mechanical engineers stay busy!!  rocking the hardhat and the lime green safety vest!

Were we being built or torn down?  circumstances are rest for the weary!

The bubble or balloon was inflatable..but soon the air was let out;  like with housing and tech stocks;  now some are tripping like Timothy Leary!

I mean whats really going on?  per my that question was asked by the Trouble Man ….Marvin Gaye!

Danger zone residents like in Syria navigate the smoke and fog;  the stress will double!!  so how are we supposed to play?

O-Zone asked them;  what was he was supposed to say?  now he’s taking the wrapper off!

… jokers over in Decatur ready to smoke a cognac flavored Swisher;  they’re taking the wrapper off!

Its over for a hater!!  were using this math to get off…plus the Sonic Blackjack will swing…

Were taking the wrapper off…going off…as we do the damn thing….

What’s Really Going On? Per My Blog’s Name..

Marvin Gaye asked the question back in the day;  Whats Going On?

He even declared Right On!!  but its a new day; how did some play?  like France in Mali..they’re even second guessing;  so whats really going on?

That’s even the name of this website…like the mass hysteria in Syria…the web was tight around the masses!

It’s all game!!  word to those looking for we try to get it right….O-Dizzle is conducting funk seminars and classes!

Another prays and fasts…hoping Hugo Chavez is well…some have a lot to tell..they give us the revelations!

Another says its going down like this!!  another says it going down like that !!  then some get a surprise like the Ravens beating the Broncos..but you know how it goes….knowledge was lost in translations!

Whats really going on? the mothership has landed on earth…but I dipped down I-20 in Atlanta in the hooptie…listening to Rockers International on 89.3… modes of transportation varied during the ongoing transition!

Whats really going on? some acted irrational…they were out of order….those injured or inflicted soon projected their condition!

Whats really going on? ships sink like the Costa Concordia…what was the reason for the treason?  so-called facts contradict  the truth!

Like Oakland the danger zone is occupied!!  funky tracks?  O-Dizzle kicked them!!  O-Zone carried the Sword of Truth!

Whats really going on? some faked the funk  but reality provided proof…its like this and like that!

….Another said it is what it is!!  so we can’t really fight that!

Random Thoughts From A Brotha: Whatcha Trying To Do….Whatcha Going Through?

Random Thoughts From A Brotha: Whatcha Trying To Do….Whatcha Going Through?.

Whats the deal ? whats going on like Marvin Gaye was asking?

Whatcha trying to do? some  are like Usain Bolt..they have visions of being in the limelight…basking!

Multitasking…rolling like Mitt Romney…a jack of all trades..the rest of the cliche? a master of none!

Peace everlasting is elusive; it wont be still!! word from Libya!!  during the ongoing process some will come undone!

Please!! were blasting back at the enemy…might even slap them upside the head with the blackjack!

Weather forecasting..spotting Tropical Storms like Lee……what’s the deally?  the weather is inclement.. history repeating? please!! we’re moving forward…were not turning back!


Industrial Strength….Blue Collar Style Pt.2


What’s the style..what’s the busines?….check the Blue collar style..industrial strength; whose strong-arm muscling?

It’s beyond the inner city blues that makes you wanna holla like Marvin Gaye!!! beyond plan A or B..going the length!! caught out there!! needing the Strong Arm John Foy; caught hustling.

Similar to rustling cattle out in the Wild Wild West during cowboy days!

Drama is robust!!!  bustling like in Libya..whats up with ya I was chilling listening to the mix DJ Cowboy plays.

Whats up with ya?  going all out….Hollywood or bust!!  beyond a Ghetto Superstar.

Heard Mya, John Forte and old Dirty Bastard!!  meanwhile word from the dastardly was heard; something about raising the bar!

Who pressed the button to activate the glass ceiling? now some are boxed in!

Wasn’t impressed with a punishment glutton; it’s like the rumble in the jungle.. dealing with the champion in a ring is where they’ll box in!

The system stressed but we rocked them with the steady bombardment!

….conspiracy theories were confirmed whose playing a part in it?

Were out there in the heart of it!!! sonic revolutionary card-carrying members!

Playing a part in it the solution ; using the sound…the sonic assault dismembers!

Caught out there in the spot where old dudes with members only jackets on!!  drinking brown liquor talking about back in the day!

….Remembering the time when we fell in love like Michael Jackson’s joint; Eddie Murphy was all up in the video!

Remember the mind the Lord blessed me with!!  no weapons formed would hurt a bro!