Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rats and ABCs

I do not mean to spark controversy. I only want to say that no matter what you think of him and no matter what he did or did not do, Michael Jackson had extraordinary talent.

I mean, remember being so moved by a song about a rat?

And who else still has their Jackson 5 albums? I do!

1 comment:

Backofpack said...

I feel like I missed an era. We listened to my parents radio station growing up (think Roger Miller, Englebert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sinatra, Crosby, etc). We owned three albums: Johnny Horton, Bobby Darrin and the Monkeys (that one was a gift that my parents didn't like). I got a bit of other stuff here and there through friends, so I had heard the ABC song, but not the other. In the late 70s and 80s I was "all country, all the time". In the nineties through the present, I'm mostly quiet, no music. I am not into the hoopla, but I sort of get it. I get that many people grew up with this music. All together, I think it is sad, and that in many ways he became a caricature of himself. It seems obvious to me that the cost of his fame (and some say his genius) was way, way too high. He was a damaged soul. I think that if anyone pays attention, there is a lesson in his life and his fame.