We’re moving offices at work tomorrow, there are some major happenings on Capitol Hill in regards to Appropriations, AND I just switched all my music over to a new external hard drive — which meant reloading everything to ITunes. So, needless to say, I’m actually running around in circles.
However, I came to a screeching halt just now when I discovered that Yasiin Gaye: “The Departure: Side One” has been released on Bandcamp. For those who don’t know me, I’m a HUGE Marvin Gaye fan. I was fortunate to grow up in a household that played all kinds of music — but Motown is a huge part of the soundtrack that describes my early life. A while back, while commenting how much songs from Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life make me feel happy, one of my older brothers told me that our father wore the record out when it was released — so, my love for music (and the habit of playing an album to death) started at the age of 2.
Truth be told, I can’t pinpoint when I became a Marvin fan, I just always remember listening to his albums and feeling his message. If you took a look at my collection of his music now you’d probably find stuff you didn’t realize existed — I see his name, and I buy it. So, when I heard about Yassin Bey (formerly Mos Def) was participating in Amerigo Gazaway’s Soul Mates series, and collaberating with the one and only Marvin, I was intrigued.
The first listen of Inner City Travelin’ Man a couple of weeks ago made it clear that both Americgo and Yasiin wheren’t messing around — and, after giving the full album a listen to while sitting at my desk I work, I have nothing but respect for both of them. This is, for lack of a better word, beautiful….stunning…..everything. Check it out below —