Marvin Gaye 1974 concert

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May 17, 1974: Marvin Gaye in concert at the Forum.

In the Monday, May 20, 1974 Los Angeles Times, columnist Dennis Hunt writes:

To see singer Marvin Gaye in concert, it is not obvious that he has an intense fear of performing which kept him away from concerts for several years. He has appeared in a few concerts since he decided to return to performing about six months ago. His concert at the Inglewood Forum on Friday night will probably be instrumental in helping him totally conquer those fears.

It was a magnificent show. The Forum was completely filled and the audience was ecstatic about the affable soul singer. Gaye radiated such geniality and joyousness that, coupled with the splendor of the music, his performance was irresistible. In that hour he could have easily won over his most severe detractors.

Gaye, who has a soft tenor voice that frequently shifts…

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Musician Review: George Michael

Originally posted on AeschTunes:

I first heard of George Michael back when he was the lead singer of Wham! It was the mid-1980s, and the Make it Big album had “made it big.” I remember seeing Wham!’s videos on MTV and hearing the songs on the radio. One of my favorite songs from that era is “Careless Whisper”; even at nine years old, I could appreciate the emotion and feeling he put into his vocal performance. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” was also another favorite back then; it was a fun, upbeat song that a kid could dance along to. I also enjoyed “Everything She Wants” and “Freedom.”

1986 brought about the Music from the Edge of Heaven album. While this album was never as successful as Make it Big, I loved the song “The Edge of Heaven.” Also during this era, George recorded a released “I Knew You Were Waiting (For…

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There’s one surefire way to get tough with Putin


No wonder our bananas look bad. Wow.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Once you scroll past the West’s  soft suggested responses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—revocation of membership in the G-8, finger-wagging, village shunning and so on—there are only a few bracing proposals left. They dispense with civility and aim for the jugular. The three below stand out. If short of time, go immediately to the last, which would strike Russian president Vladimir Putin at his Achilles’ heel—oil.

Make Russians vacation in Pyongyang or Damascus

Although Russians have by and large been unfazed by his imprisoning and beating of protesters, oligarchs and pop singers, the one action that Putin has never risked is preventing his people from traveling or moving their money abroad. But “if you tell them, ‘You can no longer come [to the West] and you have to freeze in Moscow,’ then they will turn on Putin,” says former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, whose country was invaded by Putin in…

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The Morning After In Arizona

Originally posted on The Dish:

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[Re-posted from earlier today]

Here’s the money quote from Jan Brewer’s veto statement last night:

Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated … Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination.

As I’ve mulled this over and over, I have a few straggling thoughts. Against the bill: it had two terrible features. The first was the breadth of the religious liberty invoked. The real innovation in Arizona was the extension of religious liberty claims against other citizens, rather than against the government itself. That’s a big leap, and trivializes religious liberty in some ways. No individual can coerce, even with a lawsuit, the way the government can. The second is the environment in which this bill was…

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If Marvin Gaye & Mos Def Made An Album, “Yasiin Gaye” [DOWNLOAD]


Might as well share this. Think this will be real good. :) I’m a big fan of Marvin and an admirer of Yasiin Bey/Mos Def so this should be really good.

Originally posted on The Urban Daily:

Yasiin Gaye Soul Mates-thumb Amerigo Gazaway continues his creative management of a musical fantasy league where he pairs up the best voices of contrasting eras and genres. In his latest “mash-up” he pairs Yasiin Bey (aka the Mighty Mos Def) and the legendary Marvin Gaye for a soul stirring collection called “Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side One).”


Amerigo Gazaway’s new *Soul Mates* series continues the theme of his previous work in creating collaborations that never were. On the series’ first installment, the producer unites Brooklyn rapper Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and soul legend Marvin Gaye for a dream collaboration aptly titled “Yasiin Gaye”. Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, Gazaway re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’s soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a…

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To Celebrate MLK’s Legacy Is To Embrace Freedom

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As the nation commemorates the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday, it is imperative that we reflect and embrace what was present at the core of King’s vision: freedom. 

In his letter from the Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963, King wrote that “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

I am positive that if the slain Civil Rights leader were with us today, his quest for economic freedom and justice would still be his beckoning call for America.

In his historic “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered near the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, King spoke distinctively on two freedoms: Freedom from racial discrimination and bigotry and freedom from “a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

America has come a long ways toward racial harmony and the removal of prejudice. While there has been…

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"Most of my life happens after midnight…" – Marvin Gaye


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