Life in the Slow Lane

June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson the musician was magical

Filed under: Entertainment,Music — pauljlane @ 11:20 am

I spent a good deal of time over the weekend watching Michael Jackson music videos that were aired in tribute to the pop star, who dies last week due to heart complications.

Photo by The Associated Press

Photo by The Associated Press

Man, I forgot just how good he was.
When you get a chance, find some his videos and take a look. “Bad.” “Thriller.” “Beat It.” All classics.
Even his “second tier” videos were phenomenal. Hardly anyone noticed his last studio album at the start of this decade, “Invincible.” But it was good. Really good. And its lead single, “You Rock My World,” was really good and produced a solid video.
And then there’s “They Don’t Care About Us,” “Scream” (his duet with sister Janet) and “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” any of which would be the career pinnacle for just about any other performer.
Those of us who lived through Jackson’s peak can recall the events that his video premieres were. I didn’t even have much of an interest in music as a pre-teen, but I made sure I caught his videos. I just knew there was something special going on there.
Why did it take until he died for these videos to be pulled out of the vault? His music was outstanding, his showmanship was superb and his instinct for what sounds/looks right was honed to perfection. It will be years until there’s another performer who’s on his level – if another one ever comes around again.


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