Well put, peace.
I live in small town Ohio and ran across this article. THANK YOU. It was a very
Great tribute, written under deadline pressures. I like Scott's personal touch,
making the Smokey Robinson connection from a recent concert he attended. Very
thoughtful piece. I doubt many of the hundreds of articles written (and being
written) this week will be as good as this article.
I love his music, but let's be honest, he is no role model and was often
associated with children. He made a circus out of his child molestation hearing.
You wouldn't want this guy around your kids (although, strangely some did). For
reasons unknown, he really messed up his life and he let the fame destroy him.
Sad that we pay so much money and attention to some of these people that go to
such strange extremes to 'entertain' us.
"What's especially sad is that most people of a certain generation only know
Michael Jackson as a crazy guy who had a lot of plastic surgery -- whereas the
truth is, he was not only an unbelievably talented, groundbreaking performer, he
also helped break down the racial prejudice in this country. He was an extremely
powerful symbol -- a black performer who whites could relate to and then later
in life, a white performer who blacks could relate to." --Jimmy Kimmel
I enjoyed the music of Michael Jackson. Thank you for this article. It was nice
to read someone giving him a tribute that he deserved. It will help people to
remember him for what good he did for the music industry.
Thank you for the lovely words.He's already a part of his who grew
up with his music.
Give me Miles Davis, Radiohead, Ray Charles, John Cage ... over your hero.
Unless all you really want is sickly sweet, saccharine-filled elevator music
sellout bubble gum pop. I prefer to be challenged with music, but hey, whatever
floats your boat.Sorry your hero, 'The King of Pop" is dead. Long
live the king.
Michael gave all he could. His mom said many years ago. He has one fault, his
heart is to big We can't protect him forever, he will have to learn. He saw
good in us, he was naive. He did not see the world as all of us did. But then
he was forced to, we did not take care of our totally devoted icon. Finally he
is at peace My favorite jackson5 song is I'll be there. My fav michael is billie
jean. His family will come together, they will do what is needed for his
legacy. Thank you Michael for a lifetime of giving.
Two comments.. a "HERO" is one who saves a life or tries to save a life. An
"IDOL" is a person we admire and want to pattern our own lives after. Please
don't misuse "HERO". Our military men and women are heros and citizens who try
or do save innocent lives are heros not musical artists, not athletes. Our
police are heros, our firemen are heros - these people are in the business of
saving lives thereby making them heros.
When I was younger, I was on the brink of suicide. Michael Jackson's "Beat It"
helped me fight those feelings as did my parents and counselors. So don't go
saying Michael wasn't a HERO. He helped save my life.
Peace back.from Scossow
This is the best article I have seen so far. Very nicely done!
Thank you for putting together a piece that wasn't flaming MJ, but paying
tribute from his early years on. He made mistakes, as we all do, but he still
had good in him. Peace, Michael. You deserve it.
I think people took advantage of Michael, and ruined his reputation, for money.
It's really sad.
Jackson had great performing talent but died alone and miserable even after
making a billion dollars. Money and fame usually ruin people in the end as was
the case with Michael Jackson. The guy was totally screwed up in the head but I
think most folks overlook all the nutty stuff and focus on the 20 years where he
during the 80- and 90's when he topped the charts.
You know, if Bono died today, I'd get it. I don't agree with his politics and he
may not have been as popular as Michael Jackson, but at least he wasn't a
dangerous individual. MJ is the last guy we should be giving a "Pope's
Funeral."Bono worked to make the world a better place, Michael lived
to channel Elizabeth Taylor. Bono grew up in a challenging life
situation, Michael was worshipped as early as elementary school.Bono
embraced a variety of musical styles from blues, to reggae, to euro-techno,
Michael pumped out bubblegum R and B (His duet with Paul McCartney could induce
a hypoglycemic coma). Bono worked to protect the under-privileged,
Michael held babies off balconies.Bono, I get. Michael, please, let
him rest in peace, and let us rest in peace by moving on with some real news.Michael died, and now the weather.
It's funny... I love Radiohead, and Neutral Milk Hotel, and Miles Davis, and
Frank Zappa, and so on and so forth - but I also love Michael Jackson's music.
Yes, Jackson did make different kinds of music than those other artists. It was
very mainstream, and certainly not as complex. But sometimes I'm in the mood
for that kind of music, and Jackson was one of the best at doing that type of
thing. To suggest that one can't like both complex music and an
occasional "simple" song is hopelessly misguided. He was a master at what he
did, and his "popcorn and bubble gum selling-out" music still holds up very well
today - and it's certainly much better than the music of most of those he
inspired like Spears and Timberlake.
Funny how you took time to read this. Especially if you didn't think Michael
Jackson meant anything.
didn't read the story,just the silly comments,amazing,
the worship for a guy who had a few popular songs and acted really weird.
Obvious you are not up on pop music history. He won 13 Grammys, including the
Living Legend award, 12 number one hits, 25 songs that were in the top 10 and
that isn't including the songs with the Jackson Five. He is in the songwriter's
hall of fame, the rock and roll hall of fame and has a bunch of MTV music and
video awards. He revolutionised what a pop-music concert is and pioneered the
music video. regardless of whether or not you like him, he is a pop music icon
and historic figure. not one solo singer can match his accomplishments and
record sales. and some people may worship him he was respected in the music
industry. unfortunately his mistakes in the last few years have overshadowed his
accomplishments. he also had an exclusive short film at Disneyland and
Disneyworld called "Captain Eo." So, you can say he had a "few" popular
songs and acted really weird but I think you just don't get it. You may have
been born in the wrong era. But what I've written are the plain cold facts.