Michael Jackson

Today in Michael Jackson HIStory

By on August 29, 2012

Today, 54 years ago, the would be most celebrated pop singer was born to a simple family in Gary, Indiana. Named Michael Joseph Jackson (simply Michael Jackson or MJ),  he would be a music and fashion icon in the years to come. There are a lot of MJ songs that the kids and I like…not just because they’re easy to the ears and to sing but because of the messages they impart.

young MJ
young MJ

One of the songs the kids easily remembered is of course, Heal the World, part the lyrics to this song are from the Bible which we read often. It is unfortunate that we never got to attend one of his concerts…we would have loved to see him perform live…

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Michael Jackson

Today in HIStory

By on October 24, 2011

Today in HIStory: “Bad” hits #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Released in September in 1987, Bad is a single in the album of the same name, written and recorded By Michael Jackson. “Bad” charted within the top ten, at number eight, on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 10, 1987 and stayed at number one on October 24, 1987. “Bad” stayed at the top position for two consecutive weeks.

Davitt Sigerson, writer for Rolling Stone magazine, commented on the track’s lyrical content while reviewing Bad, “When Jackson declares that ‘the whole world has to answer right now,’ he is not boasting but making a statement of fact regarding his extraordinary stardom. If anything, he is scorning the self-coronation of lesser funk royals and inviting his fickle public to spurn him if it dare.”

Jackson explained ‘Bad’ is a song about the street. It’s about this kid from a bad neighborhood who gets to go away to a private school. He comes back to the old neighborhood when he’s on a break from school and the kids from the neighborhood start giving him trouble. He sings, ‘I’m bad, you’re bad, who’s bad, who’s the best?’ He’s saying when you’re strong and good, then you’re bad.

True, the full music video depicted the story of Daryl with Michael, Wesley Snipes included but knowing Michael Jackson’s upbringing and his beliefs, his ending words struck me the most.

We Can Change The World
This Could Be A Better Place

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Freddie Mercury | Michael Jackson | Music Monday

There must be more to life than this

By on October 22, 2011

This is an unreleased collaboration between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson sometime between 1981-1983. There are other songs that the two recorded together but were all unreleased.

As a usual Michael Jackson song, this is full of feelings about the human condition. There are no other records pertaining to who wrote the song, none that I found googling but this is certainly one of the best songs I like coming from two great musicians.

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