Makes Me Wanna Holler (Or, When the Music Is the Message)

September 30, 2014 4:14 PM

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I had the opportunity recently to attend, with my wife and some close friends, a John Legend concert special dedicated to the music of the ever-soulful Marvin Gaye. I'm no music critic, but as a decades-long fan of Marvin Gaye, John Legend was simply phenomenal.

In addition to the musical tribute, Legend added an element of social consciousness to the performance as well, by integrating performances by young spoken word artists. In the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri tragedy, the messages of Marvin Gaye's music, the youthful spoken word poets, and the s...

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