What was going on — Marvin Gaye’s album
I can always see Marvin Gaye’s concerned expression staring out into the distance, with settled rain drops on top of his hair and beard, his coat collars standing to attention. Not only did the song have an impact on me but also the atmospheric artwork that kept me engaged, whenever I looked at it.
When I first saw the album cover, I knew the song was about something totally different to the usual (but great) Motown output. This song also made me realise that it is possible to use this medium to protest, to provoke and to make you aware.
I found Gaye’s album an intoxicating blend of music and politics. But I take your point Jaden, that history does like to repeat itself, and I guess it will continue to do so until Man learns from his mistakes.