You Are Everything
If you listened to our first podcast, you may have wondered why I chucked the Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross rendition of “You Are Everything” into the hat as opposed to the original.
by Linda Heymans I 27 August 2020
The Everything Version
Call it personal taste, call it preference but for me, that version is everything. During the podcast, I don’t think I touched on how much that rendering really gets me in the feels. We covered off a few remakes and I’ll give them their credit, some were better than others and some lacked considerably... or was it the mere fact my mind was made up and couldn’t be swayed, this was/is the GOAT?
Close, but so far
The vibe these powerhouses bring to the song embodies a closeness that wasn’t actually there – so far from it, but that’s just how professional they are and had I not gleaned the fact that they recorded most of the album separately, I’d never have known. Funnily enough, it also doesn’t matter because once the arrangement starts, MG and DR come in with their adlibs, the song builds up and I’m taken away already.
Sentiment of appeal
I want to say I appreciate The Stylistics song in the fact that, it was my first introduction to the song and at some unknown time, the Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross version crept into my repertoire! It’s not even to say that I dislike the original per se, I just don’t get the same sentiment when I hear it. I catch a feeling because I love the bones of the song, but the meat sits more with this version – does that make sense?
What solidifies the appeal of the song is the timelessness of this version – whether it be down to the arrangement, the unopposed vocal force behind the duet or the fact that my belief in their relationship extends beyond the song. It’s all so relevant 47 years on.