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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 10:28 PM
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We Grew Up With Michael Jackson
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The Love You Save Acapella
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Y5Hwz-AV8&NR=1

Tough. That's the word we used, back in the day, before it was called "Back In The Day," Tough was cool and tight and funky and rockin' all rolled into one. Jackson 5 was tough.

We'd all get in the neighbor's den, with the big stereo Hi-Fi and lots and lots of records and dance the shag off the carpeting. Jackson 5, Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Hugh Masekela, Spinners, Fifth Dimension, Temptations, Four Tops, Otis Redding, Edwin Starr:

WAR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7kHWEGtRgA

There was blood on the news of the war and blood in the streets. Political assassinations and rock stars dying of success.
We grew up on soul and love and funk and groove. In the midst of chaos.
We grew up with Michael Jackson, survivors all, until today.

Watching the little boy with the phenomenal spirit and voice get older and reach megafame and die, in a way, of that success; then rise from the ashes as a creature of his own design; who are we to judge what it was like to be him? Who else could know? Elvis?

The odd bird, a self created living sculpture, caged in his wealth and weirdness.

He flew away today. May Michael find the love and freedom he could not find here on earth.

For those who want to detract his memory or the affection of those who remember him as a part of their lives:

Tough.



Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGeZYednWtI

I Want You Back
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt9TUy0_GiM

Motown celebrates 50
http://freep.com/section/special0302
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