Clubb Chicken Wing's ghetto science, folklore and music lecture series presents renowned ghetto environmentalist and former member of the Rent Party Disco Band, Dr. Tidwell "Too Funky Feets" Jackson:
"I have a theory regarding the prophetic lyrics of the late singer, songwriter, and musician Marvin Gaye. In the song titled 'Save the Children,' he laments about a world destined to die:
There'll come a time, when the world won't be singing
Flowers won't grow, bells won't be ringing.
"In the late 1970s, this brother used foresight to tell us about our tomorrow. And in 2006, his message is loud and clear. These lines from Mr. Gaye's '80s hit 'Sexual Healing' imply a greenhouse effect:
Baby, I'm hot just like an oven.
I need some loving … I can't hold it much longer,
It's getting stronger …'
"Also, these clever and prophetic lyrics describe, in detail, 'Global Warming':
I got sick this morning
A sea was storming inside of me
I think I'm capsizing
The waves are rising and rising ...'
"As I speak to this audience, the polar ice caps are meeeeelting like the wicked ole witch in the movie 'The Wizard of Oz.' Therefore, Marvin Gaye's soulful and sensuous songs provide encoded warnings of an environmental disaster on Earth; call it 'environmental double-entendre,' if you will.
"And while the 'Storm Wars' clouds form above us, I close with these words from the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire: 'Keep your head to the sky.'"
Ken Stiggers is a TV producer in Jackson.