The mix of social and political misery reshaped his view of music.
He informed Rolling Stone: “In 1969 or 1970, I started to re-evaluate my complete idea of what I wished my music to say. I used to be very a lot affected by letters my brother was sending me from Vietnam, in addition to the social state of affairs right here at dwelling. I noticed that I needed to put my very own fantasies behind me if I wished to write down songs that may attain the souls of individuals. I wished them to check out what was occurring on the earth.”
Within the early Eighties, Gaye briefly moved to Ostend, Belgium to regulate his points with substance abuse, tackle his monetary troubles with the IRS, and rebuild his spirituality.