There are conspiracy theories about a lot of famous tragedies. While some of them may seem too wild to be true the theories keep coming out. One big speculation is the demise of famed pop star Michael Jackson. This story has been played out in the media several times and many people already know the “surface story” that has been released. However, is it possible that Michael’s death had been planned? The music/entertainment world has always been known to be controlled by a group of people with power. They determine who achieves fame, who gets paid, and how long they want to keep you in the spotlight. As big as Michael was, his last few CD’s didn’t sell well (nor did they get the usual amount of playtime on radio). Michael had told his close friends that he expected to die. While stars like him, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Prince mysteriously managed to die from alleged drug overdoses it still doesn’t offer full details. I have no idea whether the stories that we heard are true and complete, but I do feel that the entertainment world has a great set of secrets that the public doesn’t know of. Here is an video that I would like for you to check out, and then you can let me know if you think it is credible or not. Sometimes it is the “story behind the story” that conveys the real truth. When you get the chance, please check this out and then formulate your own opinion. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Most of the people who will mention the greatness of Michael Jackson will only talk about his fame as an adult. I honestly think he was an even better singer as a young boy. He had an awesome songwriting team behind him at Motown and his singing skills were incredible for being so young. I don’t want to take anything away from the “grown” Michael Jackson, but this is absolutely one of my favorite cuts of his as a young boy. The musical arrangement is great. The quality of the song is great, and the singing is “historic.” Say what you want, but I think that Michael Jackson was one of the greatest child singers “ever.” Here is one of my favorites, a song simply entitled “I want to be where you are.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
You can say what you want about this artist as an adult. I believe he sold more than any other artist and his legacy speaks for itself. However, as great as Michael Jackson was as an adult my preference was still for the “much younger” version. As a young child he had a voice that was nothing short of amazing. He sang with the voice of a chid and the soul of an old veteran. Many people remember the albums like “Off the Wall” and “Thriller.” I prefer to pay homage to the “Got to be there” collection. When you listen to this song it is amazing to think that a boy so young could even sing this song in the key that it was written and with so much emphasis. If you get the opportunity, I hope you can check out the rest of the songs on this album. Just about all the tracks are great. Today I would like to present one of my all time favorite tracks from Michael Jackson. Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer:
Just about everyone knows about the legend of Michael Jackson. The “King of Pop” was arguably the “biggest” singing star in the history of entertainment. Catapulted into stardom at a very young age with his brothers, they achieved monumental fame as the “Jackson 5” when they were with Motown Records. Once acts began leaving Motown it wasn’t too long before the Jackson 5 followed suit. They then changed their name to “the Jacksons” (I’m sure this change had something to do with contractual obligations and who had real ownership of the original name) and achieved moderate fame at that point. However, Michael was the star attraction and (like with a lot of successful groups and their lead singers) Michael eventually struck out on his own. I don’t think anyone could argue about how great Michael’s career was. He was the ultimate entertainer, singer and dancer. However, was it “right” to exclude his brothers from performing onstage with him? Granted, they didn’t sing much of the backgrounds on the recordings (from listening to most of the recordings I only heard Michael’s voice, Jermaine’s voice and maybe Tito’s on occasion, but mostly just Michael’s in the backgrounds). Still, they put on an electric show whenever they performed together. I have heard stories that Michael thought his brothers were “extra weight” that he didn’t need to carry on the show (Also, it is quite possible they may have demanded more money than regular background singers). Here is a snippet of the group performing live as the Jackson 5:
When I first saw Michael perform a live song without his brothers, I felt somewhat cheated. They started this rise to fame with him, and blood should be thicker than water. Seeing other people with him felt “weird.” However, I just don’t know what facilitated the need to leave family behind. Michael was also managed by his father Joe and Michael relieved him of that job as well (That move I could “fully” understand). When they interviewed Joe Jackson after Michael’s death, he was so shook up that he could barely talk about his new record label (yes, there is sarcasm here). No matter how turbulent the family situation, should his brothers have been terminated from the shows? There is probably a lot that we don’t know, but I can say that I would have loved to have seen Michael’s brother perform with him. Maybe one day someone will write a “tell-all” book that explained what really happened. In the meantime we can only “ponder.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Janet Jackson and Brett Jolly onstage
I just recently discovered a story about 2 men that are suing the estate of Michael Jackson for wrongful abuse. This article claims that Jackson paid out over 200 million dollars in hush money to the people he allegedly abused. For those who would like to check it out, here is the article:
Assuming that these allegations are even true, one question still comes to mind for me. “Why now?” Michael is no longer here to defend himself, and if these terrible charges did in fact happen then why try to get “more” money now after “already” being paid off? Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely “no love” for anyone who abuses children (or anyone for that matter). To me this is a crime that is inexcusable. However, if someone is a victim of that crime, and then decides to let it ride due to the fact that the perpetrator gave hush money then that is “equally” as bad, because then you are basically saying that it is “okay to abuse me as long as you pay me.” I think we all have heard about the molestation accusations that were running rampant during Michael’s career. However, he was never convicted of any crime. If the only reason that he was never convicted was because of “hush money” he paid to the victims then in my mind there is no reason to bring new charges now. Once you accepted that money then that should have been “it.” Michael is dead and gone. It is quite possible that his accusers may have been irreparably damaged by his actions and I feel sorry for their pain. That still doesn’t give them the right to “continually seek more money” after they already had reached a settlement that they agreed to. Since we know Michael could afford the best lawyers, I am “quite” sure that he had it “explicitly stated” in the contract that “in response for this payment you can not level any new charges against me in the future.” If that was the case then why try to get more now? I am not defending Michael by any means. I don’t know what happened with him and the little kids and I won’t slander his reputation based on “allegations alone.” I will say that if he did in fact abuse little kids then he should have been put in jail “while he was alive.” That is just my opinion, and I respect anyone who disagrees with me. I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer you today.
Janet Jackson and Brett Jolly
On a recent interview with legendary Pop duo Hall and Oates, they mentioned that Michael Jackson told them that he “stole” from their hit song “I can’t go for that (No can do).” Surprisingly enough, the tune that Michael created with it was the mega hit “Billie Jean.” For those who would like to check out the interview here is the link:
When it comes to “any” bass lines, I can tell you “exactly” who stole and who didn’t steal. Chic’s bass lines to “Good Times” was in fact stolen by “several people” including the “biggest perpetrators” The Sugar Hill Gang (“Rappers Delight”). As much as people “think” that Robin Thicke stole the bass line from Marvin Gaye on “Got to Give it Up (Supposedly for the hit song “Blurred Lines”) there is “NO thievery AT ALL” on this one. The bass lines are “totally different.” Thicke may have copied the style, but NOT the music. Now, back to Michael. If Michael stole the bass line of “I can’t go for that” then he did an absolutely “horrible job of doing so.” The bass lines to both tunes DO NOT match up at all. Not only that, the drum parts don’t match, the music doesn’t match and the melody lines don’t match either. If that was the best that Michael could do when trying to steal someone else’s song then “everyone” should have been safe from this predator. There are only “so many” notes in the music realm, and while just about “all” songwriters are influenced by others it doesn’t mean that they steal from them. For the record, they are nothing illegal about stealing someone else’s “style of music.” A LOT of todays music has the same style to it, so if that were the case then they all should be suing each other in court. However, when you “sample or copy” a specific pattern from another tune then that could lead to “copyright infringement.” The Chiffons song “He’s so fine” was a big hit and when i played for them I asked them about John Lennon (from the Beetles) and they told me that John “flat out stole their music and melody line for his big hit “My Sweet Lord.” Obviously they were right, because they took him to court and “won” for copyright infringement. I will “gladly” point out anyone who steals from others, but on this particular occasion I must say that if Michael Jackson stole from Hall and Oates, then he was a very “poor criminal (NOT a “smooth criminal” at all)” so my response to this is simple:” “No could do.” I thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Have a great day.
Kathy Sledge (who sang lead on the big hit “We are Family” for Sister Sledge) and Brett Jolly
When it comes to an “incredible all around performance,” very few could match the energy, detail and intensity of Michael Jackson. He practically did “it all.” He sang, he danced, he had awesome stage presence, and he would make an audience virtually “exhausted” after watching his show. You could tell that he spent a lot of time in preparation for his shows, from the effects to just about everything else no matter how small. This particular video clip i am about to share with you has got to be (in my mind) the “greatest stage entrance EVER!” Even though you cannot see the crowd, you can hear them going crazy just from the very first minute that he actually “enters” the stage. Once he finally gets into the song, the dance moves are just great. In this scene he adjusts his microphone a lot while dancing, but i think that may be for visual effect more than anything else. His microphone is definitely “on” for this song, but i do suspect that he is also singing along with his vocal sample track. If so he does a great job of faking it. I don’t think that is a bad thing, because how can anyone really sing this song so perfectly and move like that without literally passing out onstage? If I had to motivate any child to want to become a performer, THIS is the video that I would share with him or her. You may not be a Michael Jackson fan, but I don’t think “anyone” could argue with this particular performance here. I never got the opportunity to perform with Michael onstage (even though I always believed that one day I would). It would have been an honor to do so, but now that is one dream that will never become reality. A show is only as good as it’s “impact.” Needless to say, Michael Jackson deserved his title as the “King of Pop.” This video only “confirms that fact.” He is missed, but with videos like this his memory should live on “forever.” I invite you to check this out and see how it “should” be done… Thank you, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.