It was a sunny afternoon on October 21, 2010, when I dreamt that I sang the National Anthem that was very Marvin Gaye-esque. I cannot expressed how emotional, heartfelt, and great I felt in the dream. My colorful audience in the dream loved my performance so much that I sang the National Anthem for them twice. I remembered I cried after singing it because of all the love they poured me. When I woke up, I immediately thought of Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem. It was as if his voice echoed in my room.
“Wow, what a dream!” I murmured. “That was awesome!”
Then I immediately got on my desktop computer and described everything in my dream. I also began thinking about the late great soul singer Marvin Gaye. His rendition of the National Anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star Game was brilliant! He made feel great not only to be Black, but an American! It was so inspirational and soulful. I get Goosebumps every time I see a clip of him singing the National Anthem.
By Shamarie Knight, 21st Oct 2010
“My feeling were… pride at being an American. It was something that… guess you had to be there…that chill that went through your body. You almost cried, it was so devastating. Everyone wanted to go over and give him “five” for what he did. Just shake his hand, Hug him, because it was inspirational. It was unbelievable.” – Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Thirty-five years ago, on February 13, 1983, legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye sang his singular soulful rendition of the National Anthem at the 1983 NBA All Star Game held at the Forum in Los Angeles. It was the greatest