Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quote of the Day


"'Trouble Man' is a song with a momentous feel to it. It’s operatic but in a jazzy way. It soars with sonic ambition. It’s a song that’s autobiographical, it’s about a character, perhaps Gaye, definitely a Black everyman. It’s a song about Black resilience in a world where problems are certain and thus captures what it means to be Black: we are nothing if not resilient. And there’s a heroically resolute steadfastness to the character speaking in 'Trouble Man.' He knows he can and must constantly hurdle trouble and he’s neither arrogant nor wearied by it."

-- Touré, in a column in Time, explaining why Marvin Gaye's brilliant Trouble Man would make a great Black National Anthem

Damn that would be cool. It'd certainly make us boring white people jealous. If we had a national anthem it'd probably be some Michael Bublé crap.

6 comments:

Claude Weaver said...

Well, we are awesome like that.

Chez said...

Apparently.

Steven D Skelton said...

I suggest "It's a matter of Pride" by Dr. Billy Taylor as the black national anthem.

On another note, I would favor retiring the Star Spangled Banner in favor of Kashmir as the regular national anthem.

Anonymous said...

& yet if you embraced Michael Buble, you have the chicks melting...

(That or that crap song about "Your body is a Wonderland.")

pea said...

Naw, c'mon, it would be that hick tripe "what would yew dew" 9/11 song. But I AM gonna go to work and have a Marvin Gaye block party, since I can't get Trouble Man out of my head now.

em said...

The only people who like Buble anymore are either under 12, or over 40, and the ones over 40 are much less mature than the ones under 12. So, no, Chez, please don't embrace Buble, unless you're into, uh, cougars who own Bedazzlers.