Movers, Shakers & Monday Game Changers – Marvin Gaye, Angry Bosses, and Serious Funk

Monday is about remembering the movers, shakers and game changers, of things that look incredibly trivial now, but challenged many on arrival.

Scaremongers like to write a lot about the insane changes the next generation will bring. Here’s some changes already brought, against all odds and discouragement, and it all turned out alright.

Some perspective for your back-pocket, to think about when the times are getting tough as a change maker.

I repeated Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On five times when I first heard it. I love the music, I love the funk, I love the lyrics – I love the feel of it all.

And you guessed it right… the record company hated it.

Gaye was determined to shatter Motown’s pop formula and address pressing social issues. Motown founder Berry Gordy was not pleased. He claimed that “What’s Going On” was the worst song he had ever heard. As for “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology),” Gordy asserted that he didn’t even know what the word “ecology” meant. Gaye responded that he would never record for Motown again unless “What’s Going On” was released as a single.

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Thank the Music Gods that it got released, because now we have this incredible album for our own enjoyment. An album ranked as 6th Greatest Album of All Tome by Rolling Stone magazine. Not a bad result for someone having a crack at breaking the mould.

What’s a convention in your industry that you dreaming of breaking? What’s stopping you? 

Btw, if you’re wondering how I can be employed in HR, and write about HR – here‘s my explanation.

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  • 1 October 2012