Dedicated to Lucy. Your old eyes compare to mine.
Part of me thinks I’d have participated in protests and rallies in the 60s. Music for the cause always had an effect on me. I NEED to join some type of peace organization before my days are up. It’s my goal.
There is a number of young people today who share my same ideals, but less and less are acting on their beliefs. During the Vietnam War, young people across the globe were acting out. Today, not so much. Maybe that has something to do with the economy (although the economy wasn’t ship-shape back then either) or maybe we’ve lost the determination to evolve. (I’m sure people in Dover don’t even want to hear the world evolve.)
I’d heard Marvin Gaye long before Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was released, but I’m not sure I knew who he was at just nine years of age. Somewhere around 5th or 6th grade is when I began exploring my parents’ music. I became enamored with Motown and artists in the sister studios, Gordy and Tamla. I knew nothing more about Marvin Gaye than the fact he sang “Let’s Get It On” and “What’s Goin’ On”.
“What’s Goin’ On” is the anthem for my thoughts on our world. It doesn’t matter if the current war is dime-sized; There is always injustice and hate being promoted in various parts of the world. That needs to change.
My mom told me last night that my cousins live in the projects of Baltimore. My cousin’s friend was shot getting off the school bus last year…
A few days ago I was discussing my future goals with an old friend and a new friend. “Wow, you’re out to change the world aren’t you?” said the new friend. I smiled because no one had ever described me that way before. Somebody understands my passion.
Photo Credit: What’s Goin’ On