A tree fell down on my driveway during a storm in Detroit just as I caught word Michael Jackson died. Clear sign to me that MJ shook the world. I’m going to build something with it’s branches. Any ideas?? Let me know. You hear that Jackson tune state of shock? Well that’s me now. Michael Jackson is one of my greatest musical influences. Living in Detroit a few miles from the Motown museum downtown I live and breathe soul, funk and R and B. The Jackson Five victory tour was my first concert. Growing up in the 80’s MJ was god. Everybody wanted to be him. Then I can remember one day all of the traitors gave up on him throwing away their Thriller lunch boxes claiming he was now gay or weird? Well, he did turn out to be pretty damned eccentric but I never gave up. Ok. If your kid was invited to sleep at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch why would you let them unless you wanted to extort $20 million dollars. But despite the unknowns in his personal life how could you turn your back on his music? Thriller? Off the Wall? Don’t you remember when we are the world came out? How happy were you when Thriller was on MTV? Or were you too cool back then too? You preferred listening to bad music because it wasn’t popular probably? Are you kidding me? I wish I had videos of some of these tools dancing and singing gleefully to Michael in their home movies to remind them of the real truth. Michael was lauded and ridiculed it seemed almost overnight. I’m sure he will go down in history being compared to Elvis Presley. Come on there’s no comparison.
All good things come to an end. The king of pop was made famous by Berry Gordy from Motown Records in Detroit. Gary, Indiana died long ago but Michael died at 50 years old. Michael Jackson died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday June, 25th, 2009 after having suffered cardiac arrest, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. Autopsy hasn’t been released yet.
I thought I’d pay tribute to the king of pop by doing a cover of Man in the Mirror with some pictures and a video montage. I can remember my Michael Jackson glove, my 84 Tigers batting glove, my parachute pants and my badass moonwalk and break dancing moves as some of my fondest childhood memories. Michael has so much soul and expression in his voice that at 5 years old he tore up seasoned R and B artists. He just embarrasses grown adult professionals. Myself included. He’s difficult to cover as evidenced by this average to below average sounding recording frantically recorded live and on guitar as soon as I caught word. This was a great way for me to celebrate his life and express my appreciation. Hope you enjoy it and will checkout my originals. There’s no doubt what he was put on earth to do. I’m quite sad that he couldn’t do it just a little longer.
Rest in Peace Michael. Oh yeah and you too Farah Fawcett. Michael Jackson you will never leave my playlist.