Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009

I have nothing more to add that hasn't already been said in the past 15 hours -- and 40 years -- but I will say that I usually listen to music while I eat breakfast and this morning I reached for the Jackson 5's ABC album, which was my introduction to the future King of Pop in the mid '70s. I won't bore you with a review of a record that's as old as I am, but I'd like to single out a couple of moments that damn near brought tears to these baby blues today.

From "2-4-6-8," this blast of self-assurance from an 11-year old who was just getting started:

"I may be a little fella
but my heart's as big as Texas!
I have all the love a man can give
and maybe a little bit extra!"

These lyrics from "One More Chance" sound like they could've sprung from Michael the day before yesterday:

"Everybody loves the star
when he's on the top
But no one ever comes around
when he starts to drop.

Give me one more chance
That's all I ask of you
Just one more chance
I'll make it up to you."

And finally, the terrific cover of Funkadelic's "I Bet You" -- and the realization that George Clinton has now outlived Michael Jackson.


E.S. Coakley said...

This feels like such a nightmare...I can't believe this is happening...I can't believe he's gone...

I've been watching his videos all sisters and I, nieces and nephews were doing all the dance moves! Haha! He was such a part of my childhood, such a part of my life...

Words can't describe how amazingly talented he was...

The world has lost someone so special...

venoms5 said...

This is a true breath of fresh of air to read a post and a comment on Jackson without focusing on his negative publicity of the last 25+ years.

I salute you Temple of Schlock and great site, by the way.

Brian (V5)

Brian Albright said...

My fave early J5 moment was that jaw-dropping cover of Smokey Robinson's "Who's Loving You?"