Happy Wednesday! As some of you may know, it is Soul Music Wednesday! I truly believe soul music provides a spiritual experience for both the listener and vocalist alike. On Wednesdays, I like to share a featured love song and give my feedback on the record. Some of the songs will be old classics and others will be new favorites.
The song featured today is “Just To Keep You Satisfied”, sung by the legendary Marvin Gaye. The song was produced by Marvin Gaye and written by Marvin Gaye, Elgie Stover, and Anna Gordy Gaye. “Just to Keep You Satisfied” was released in 1973 and was featured on the album “Let’s Get It On”. Here is a link to the song is below…
No one could quite sing the love songs like Marvin Gaye. He sang with so much passion and sensuality and his lyrics were so vivid and timeless. With a voice so unique, smooth, and soulful, Marvin Gaye will forever and always be a legend and icon in R&B/Soul music. One thing I love about this classic record is that the song does not have the traditional structure of most music today. For example, there is no hook to make the song catchy. Rather, the whole song is simply an ode to a woman that is his wife, and it tells a story of their love and ultimately it’s demise.
Love is a beautiful thing. It is important to recognize and appreciate true love when it is presented to you. However, it is also important to recognize when it is time for a relationship or love affair to come to an end. Sometimes two people can be great individuals, but they are just not meant to be together. There is far more to consider in a relationships than just love, when aiming to last long term. It is necessary to look at the state of your relationship with clarity and face the truth as to why you are with someone, for there can be distractions from obvious dysfunction such as great sex or dazzling good looks. As a child of divorce, I find comfort in the fact that my parents came to understand that they were happier and better off apart. While it may be painful to let go, you will eventually gain peace and understanding in the future, through faith and God’s love.
In love and relationships, sometimes you can do all you can for a person. You can love them, support them, and take care of them (physically, mentally, financially, spiritually). However, there are times when the relationship still will not last for reasons beyond your own control. There is no hurt or shame in trying and failing at love. Even it your relationship fails, at least you put forth an effort to be happy and to make your situation work. To quote Alfred Tennyson, “Tis bettter to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Marvin Gaye’s music speaks to and on behalf of so many. He is a rare gem that is truly missed.