What's Going on Marvin Gaye Tribute Candle

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This candle is an ode to one of the world's greatest singers of all time- the iconic Marvin Gaye. With all that is going on in the world today, this song "What's Going On" is still relevant. 

About the song, "What's Going On":

The song's inspiration came from Benson, a member of the Motown group the Four Tops, after their tour bus arrived at Berkeley on May 15, 1969.

While there, Benson witnessed police brutality and violence in the city's People's Park during a protest held by anti-war activists, in what was described later as 'Bloody Thursday'.

Upset by the incident, Benson told author Ben Edmonds the he asked, 'What is happening here?'. One question led to another. 'Why are they sending kids so far away from their families overseas? Why are they attacking their own children in the streets?'".

He later discussed what he witnessed with friend and songwriter Al Cleveland, who soon wrote and composed a song to reflect Benson's worries.

Benson wanted to give the song to his group, but the other Four Tops turned it down.

"My partners told me it was a protest song", Benson said. "I said 'no man, it's a love song, about love and understanding. I'm not protesting, I want to know what's going on.'"

In 1970, Benson gave the untitled song to Marvin Gaye, who added a new melody and changed the song and added his own lyrics.

Benson later said Gaye "added some things that were more ghetto, more natural, which made it seem like a story than a song... we measured him for the suit and he tailored the hell out of it."

Gaye called it 'What's Going On'. He initially thought the song's would be good for the group The Originals, Benson convinced Gaye to record it himself.

Gaye was inspired by social injustices committed in the US, including the 1965 Watts riots. On August 11, 1965, Marquette Frye, an African-American motorist on parole for robbery, was pulled over for dangerous driving. A minor roadside argument escalated into a fight with police, and six days of civil unrest followed.

The SCENT: Elixir De Tobacco Vanille


A signature fragrance created by the house of Tom Ford, Tobacco Vanille is opulent, warm and iconic. It is a scent that you will remember forever and recognize it whenever you smell its aromatic flavor of woody spices like vanilla, ginger and tonka bean and of course, cool tobacco. This is a standout scent reminiscent of elegant refinement and rich luxury.

Note Profile:

Top: Tobacco Leaf

Middle: Vanilla 

Base: Ginger & Tonka bean


9oz. candle

Burn Time: 55-60 hours