Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Poem 2: Rev Gaye

Marvin Gaye (Born: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.) (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984)



Reverend Gaye



Owoooooo!

You recognize that shout?
That’s Marvin Gaye’s signature HOW SWEET IT IS – COME GET TO THIS – AFTER THE DANCE shout

I used to hear grown men and women shouting it on hot innercity streets, but they didn’t always have the Blues;

Sometimes their arms and fist would be stretched towards the Sun as their hips would grind in unison with the melody

Owoooooo!

I remember grownups singing LET’S GET IT ON as they danced the slow drag and their bodies cast blue shadows on the basement wall

Marvin would stretch forth his voice and bless the assembly singing, CAN I GET A WITNESS
as the inebriated congregation would shout from their parking lot pews…

Owoooooo!

You recognize that shout?
That’s Marvin Gaye’s signature HOW SWEET IT IS – COME GET TO THIS – AFTER THE DANCE shout

And he did it all just to keep us satisfied
By: Stephen Bess



Happy Birthday, Mr. Gaye

8 comments:

Rethabile said...

And we were satisfied. Super tribute.

Kai C. said...

:)

Will Brown said...

As rethabile said, nice tribute.
This brought back a lot of memories of my family back in the day.

Thanks.

Fitzgerald said...

"I used to hear grown men and women shouting it on hot innercity streets, but they didn’t always have the Blues;"

Yes, I remember that.

mindspill said...

gawwd I use to wake up to the sound of Marvin Gaye every Saturday morning when I was a kid. My dad was Marvin's biggest fan. Dang you just brought back a lot of happy moments. I can still see my parents trying to get their groove on in the middle of the day to some Marvin Gaye.

btw, I luv the banner on your blog! I will be back, nice site.

Stephen Bess said...

Will-
I can't help but think of my younger years when I think of Marvin. Thank you.

Fitzgerald-
:) Good to see you. Thanks

Mindspill-
You have pleasant memories of Marvin. Yes, your father and my uncle Boogie were definitely neck and neck as his biggest fan. :) Thanks for coming over.

NinaMM said...

Sometimes their arms and fist would be stretched towards the Sun as their hips would grind in unison with the melody...

*exhaling* Hell yeah.

Stephen Bess said...

*smile* I second that.