Artist: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand
I’ll be there on the double
Just as fast as I can
Don’t you know that there
Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe
Firstly, I am obliged pay homage to the late ‘queen of soul’, Aretha Franklin, who has passed away yesterday, the 16th of August. Aretha was one of the first ever influential black women in the music industry, rising to the top of her game in the 60’s. Here’s a video of an older Aretha, soulfully covering ‘Rolling in the deep/Ain’t no mountain high enough‘.
‘Ain’t no mountain high enough’, a song by Marvin Gaye, conveniently the king of soul, and Tammi Terrell, who he happened to sing a lot of songs with, is a delightful duet later covered by the great Diana Ross. In a way, it was made famous by Ms. Ross and was later used as an OST in the famous 90’s blockbuster ‘stepmom’; the song is claimed as ‘one of the most overplayed songs in movies’. If anything, the song is also acclaimed as one of the best mood-lifters ever created.
Released in the 1967, the song happens to be one of the best soul songs in existence. The vocals sound as fresh as ever, with a tinge of that vintage magic. In the era where black Americans were still denied equality, wonderful music like this was responsible for fixing the gap between the two bridges. To see and analyse what prominence music has held in bringing about equality is indeed heart-warmingly beautiful.
Not necessarily a love song, the tune revolves around everlasting relationships and how all the impediments in the world can pose no threat to the stability of a well-founded relationship. Indeed a touching tribute to the strength of love and its acquaintances, the song has set high standards for the coming-of-age artists. The level of excellency covered here has remained intact over the past few decades and still happens to be the favorite song of many a people, from all walks of life and of all ages. The refreshing, profound voice of Gaye complemented by Terrell’s strong, pronounced voice has given the song its marvellous attributes. The drums, the instrumental framework are simply all too brilliant.
The song happens to be one of my favorites (yes, I do have a lot of favorites) because of its radiant magnetism, its ability to sweep the listener’s feet off the ground and this time, none of this is an exaggeration.