Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson's Passing

I was never a Michael Jackson fan, though I liked the Jackson Five, and the art of his sister, Janet.

He had a powerful influence on music in the mid-1980s, though, that came just as the world was getting tuned into personal stereos (remember the original cassette-playing Sony Walkman?). The sound of music being played in public places was just then becoming overly ubiquitous. Consequently, it was his voice that was the voice of America to young people all around the world during that decade.

Perhaps the most profound thing he did was work as the central figure, along with composer-arranger Quincy Jones and composer-performer Lionel Richie, on We Are the World.

3 comments:

Steve said...

Thanks Phil, that was the best tribute I've seen/heard all day. A good way to sign off until tomorrow.

Ms. Fish said...

yes, thank you for this poignant reminder of what can happen when you get people together, and they "check their egos at the door", work together. A real legacy.

Julie said...

Michael Jackson's Passing......


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