Would he ask, “What’s Goin On?” Or say, “What’s Happenin’ Brother”? Maybe he would have suspected this day would come and say “Oh I Heard It Through The Grapevine”… followed by, “I’ll Be Doggone” upon looking at it for the first time! ‘Did you hear you have your own postage letter stamp, Mr. Gaye!? Naw Man, I’m “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby”.’
Or, maybe he would not like the likeness of himself and have the “Inner City Blues” (Make Me Wanna Holler)”. And by-the-way, why didn’t they use a red wool cap on his head like on the “Lets Get It On” album cover?
Or he might say nothing much, like in “Trouble Man” or “T” Plays It Cool…
If he went to the Post Office and tried to get a mat of them, and the postal worker at the counter didn’t recognize him and asked for “$8.18, please…”, Marvin might go, “Oh, Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)”.
If they asked him to advertise the stamp, he could say to all of us, “Come Get To This!”, even.
He might be overjoyed and say, “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You”, Postal Service! Marvin might view the honor with “Joy” and consider it the “Dream Of A Lifetime”. He’d say that you “Got To Give It Up” to the mail carriers and message the Postmaster General, “You’re A Wonderful One”!
He might suggest a “Diana & Marvin” stamp to bring the honor “All The Way Around”. “Gates” as we called him, would certainly have thought a stamp dedicated to “Save The Children” would be more appropriate.
The philosophical Marvin might reply to the interview question about how it feels to be honored with a postage stamp with, “That’s The Way Love Is”.
In his soft-spoken way he might advise, if you write a love letter with hopes of getting a little “Sexual Healing”, that you seal the deal by using his stamp on the envelope…
On behalf of Marvin, I thank the USPS Musical Stamp Director for “Your Unchanging Love”.
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