The Grapevine - Mix Conversation session 11/11/2015

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“I bet you’re  wondering how I knew . . . about your plans to make me blue”

There were so many absences that we didn’t progress with the Oscar Wilde this week . . . . . .  instead we spent a while with some troublesome irregular verbs and a few idiomatic expressions like “wear and tear”  and “through the grapevine”.

Then we listened to a classic song, wrote down and analysed the lyrics.

Marvin Gaye was a gifted singer who met an untimely death in his early 40’s when he was shot by his own father . . . . . . . . What? How does that happen? Well, according to this (HERE) it was a tortured artist committing suicide by provoking and inducing paternal rage.

He had a wonderful voice. He was well known for songs like “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You”

How Sweet it is (to be Loved by You) - Marvin Gaye

And of course “I heard it Through the Grapevine” which is the song we analysed today. Norman Whitfield  recorded his song with several Motown artists, but it was Marvin Gaye’s version that became the classic. Not an easy lyric to hear, but a song that will be around for generations.

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