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The World Celebrates Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Michael Jackson‘s 52nd birthday came and went this year without much media fanfare and as far as I knew, without too much fanfare. I was wrong. There were a plethora of worldwide celebrations even in Michael’s home town of Gary, Indiana.

It would not be a stretch to say that Michael might be the only popular singer/songwriter in history to have billions of fans. His death will not stop his fans from remembering his birthday and choosing to celebrate it despite his death. There were parties held in Spain, Australia, Russia and the United States.

In California over twelve hundred dancers tried to break the record for the number of dancers performing Thriller at the same time. Guinness Book of World Records was on hand but they did not break the world record but instead broke the record in California. Of all the parties that were held, perhaps the best known is the one director Spike Lee threw last year in Brooklyn. Spike did it again this year too and like last year the entire event was free of charge. Over 50,000 people packed Prospect Park and Snoop Dogg showed up and did an rendition of Michael’s Butterflies.


Photo Credit: Anna Dorfman from Door Sixteen

For more information on the hugely successful birthday party in Brooklyn and to see some amazing photos of the event, stop by Anna’s blog, Door Sixteen and read her wonderful post. In addition you can read the thank you note Spike Lee wrote to all attendees.

Do you have a favorite Michael Jackson song? If so, would you be so kind as to leave it in the comment section. Thanks.

I tried to figure out my favorite Michael Jackson song a long time ago and it seems that often it changes. It might be my mood or just a memory. At this very moment, my favorite song to dance to is The Way You Make Me Feel and my favorite to just listen to is Stranger In Moscow. Lastly, my favorite song to sing along to is Break of Dawn. Hee heee.

Cherlyn Cochrane is guest blogging on this Saturday, September 4th.  Her site, Over A Cup Of Coffee and her poetry is what initially drew me to her site. This is my first guest blogger since Kari Cheng in June. Please mark your calendar, September 4, 2010 and stop back to read her post. Also visit her site before and then again after her guest post.

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Open Letter: Dear Sony Entertainment

Have you ever want to tell someone something yet you just couldn’t bring yourself to say it to their face? Well this is my place I do just that. Perhaps its too late and they happen to be deceased already. Maybe because the odds of me meeting a celebrity are few and far between or maybe the people I’d like to communicate with are out of reach for whatever reason. There are many reasons for starting this series and as it evolves maybe I’ll figure it out and you can help. For me, I guess right now its a little bit of fun and a little folly but this and the first one I did for my parents are serious ones.

Dear Sony, Epic Records,

RE: Michael Jackson

The greatest entertainer in the history of history has passed and he was contracted to your company and your record label. Mr. Michael Jackson needs to be honored in a way befitting his stature. I submit to you a list of songs and artists that I and a few family members friends and friends from the blogging community agree would make a great tribute album to Michael.

I don’t know what you are planning. I don’t know if you plan to find unreleased material and release that first or release songs from his memorial service, however, what I do know is the compiled list below is something a few hundred people or so who have seen it, would like to see come to fruition in your recording studios. We request humbly that you, the powers that be at Sony please do whatever it takes to bring this project together.  In your own words from your website, “Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.

TRIBUTE
Much Love To Michael Jackson

The Lady In My Life – Ne Yo
Billie Jean – David Cook
The Way You Make Me Feel – Justin Timberlake
Break of Dawn – Charisse
Heal The World – Yolanda Adams
Bad – Jamie Foxx
The Girl Is Mine – Chris Brown and Usher
Gone Too Soon – Janet Jackson
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – Maroon Five
Human Nature – Lee Ritenour
Man In The Mirror – Prince
Stranger In Moscow – Michael Bublé
Farewell My Summer Love – Carrie Underwood
Beat It – Sam Tsui with Slash
Medley – The Jacksons

Thanks and thanks for your consideration. Tom Baker and company

I actually sent this letter. If you would like to send your own version of this letter to Sony, Epic Records here is the address.

Epic Records
550 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022-3211
Phone: 212-833-8000
Fax: 212-833-4818

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Prince: World Music Awards

PrinceThe World Music Awards in Monaco scheduled for tonight will have an extra special guest performance. Prince is scheduled to pay tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Janet Jackson is scheduled to receive an award for her brother that Michael would have received regardless of his passing.

Also Sony announced on November 2, that ‘This Is It’ will remain in theaters until at least Thanksgiving due to its $101 million worldwide box office debut.

Prince and Michael shared the stage once in 1983 when James Brown called them both on stage during his own concert. It was Michael who let James know Prince was also in the audience.

Beyoncé Knowles is also nominated for Song of the Year tonight.

PURPLE REIGN

Prince_lWhile we are talking about Prince I have to mention that I recently saw him again in concert. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would  see Prince again, let alone at his own Paisley Park residence. I was invited by a friend to the concert promoted as The Last Jam of 2009. He didn’t let us know who was performing, but when you invite someone to Minneapolis for a concert, Prince is always the first on your mind.

I took two separate girls on two separate nights to see Prince in 1998. They were both very excited to see Prince and I was rewarded by both girls by what I call a kiss-fest (see a later post on kissing for an explanation on that). Anyway, with all that was going on with Michael Jackson and This Is It, I kept the news about the October 24, 2009 concert quiet until this post. Prince fans, this is the most comprehensive concert I have seen or heard about. The music selections spanned the width of his music career. One song I have been trying to hear live is his instrumental, God. The piano on that song is spellbinding. It has the same affect on my that Ravel’s Bolero. He did not play that but I am not sad.

Minneapolis is a great city and Paisley Park is awesome. No camera or cell phones were allowed and once you were in the gates, you were there until the evening was over. I would love to be able to share photos. The tickets were reasonably priced at $40.00. You were expected to bring canned goods and or an article of clothing for charity as well. Prince covered The Time’s C-O-O-L and Jungle Love, Sheila E.’s Glamorous Life and The Jackson 5ive’s I Want You Back. Twas an awesome night/morning to say the least.

He is indeed the master of his craft. Other songs that he played were, Raspberry Beret, Kiss, Mountains, 1999, I Feel For U, and one of my all time favorite Prince songs, Forever In My Life. Three hours of my life I wouldn’t give back if you paid me. Live long and long live the Prince of Funk. Minneapolis Purple Funk that is.

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