Thursday, August 28, 2008

Marvin Gaye's 1983 NBA All-Star performance of Star Spangled Banner

Hattip to my sweetie who heard it on the radio (KGSR Austin) and got all verklempt. "Only Marvin Gaye could get away with that".. and so he did. And so they kept playing it during the recent Beijing Olympics.

Tonight though, Marvin's playin' it for Obama (shameful hook since it's Obama's night)



This is Nike's 'Just Do It' version for the Beijing Olympics, where a film montage of the Redeem team and Marvin makes for one of the more classier commercials ever made. Hearing it the second time, I realized, Marvin isn't singing to show off his high notes and musical prowwess, he's singing with feeling, narrating as it were, as if he was there. As opposed to the boastful sounding high'noters' and loud 'belters' for which people always feel they need to applaud for. This version is much more thoughtful. Enjoy


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3 Comments:

Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

I have always loved Marvin Gaye's music.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

oooh MaRIaaa..nice NICE photo ehm..thingy! **

seriously, great pic.
And funny enough, I'm only 'now' discovering Marvin Gaye..of course it helped seeing that recent documentary that was narrated by Jesse Green..

Ingrid

2:01 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I know we get to see her now...Now ingrid we are waiting to see yours ??? hmmm ?

I love Marvin ..sigh...( kind feel old..but yeah he was so amazing..)

and those Nike ads- were amazing..

9:07 PM  

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