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Fabulous Friday

On my way home today from work I heard an oldie from the 70’s on Majic 102.3.  Slide by Slave was released in 1977 and it’s on the Slave album/cdSlave

Another song by Slave is Just A Touch of Love from the Just of Touch of Love album/cd. The album was released in 1979.

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At Midnight

Check out At Midnight by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.  Heard it on my ipod this morning.  At Midnight is from the Ask Rufus cd.

 

 

Float On

So I’m sitting on the train this morning on my way to work and listening to my mp3 player. A song on my playlist that I haven’t heard in a long time comes on. Float On by The Floaters was one of my favorite songs back in the day.  I downloaded the song from the Can You Dig It? The 70’s Soul Experience box set that I own.

I bought the album Floaters back in 1977 when it was first released and I still have it. The album has the extended version of Float On.

Float On is what you call grown folks music.  Real music where the fellas are singing love songs to women. They sure don’t make music like this anymore.

Aquarius, Libra, Leo, Cancer
Ralph, Charles, Paul, Larry

Float, float on
Float on, float on
Float, float, float on
Float on, float on

Float, float on
Float on, float on
Float, float, float on
Float on, float on

Float, float on
Float on, float on
Float, float, float on
Float on, float on

Aquarius, Libra, Leo, Cancer
Ralph, Charles, Paul, Larry

Aquarius and my name is Ralph
Now I like a woman who loves her freedom
And I like a woman who can hold her own
And if you fit that description, baby, come with me

Take my hand, come with me, baby, to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing love with me, I want you to

Float, float on (Come on, come on,
(Come on, baby, yeah, yeah)
Float on, float on (Ooh, ooh, baby)
Float, float, float on
Float on (Float with me), float on

Libra and my name is Charles
Now I like a woman that’s quiet
A woman who carries herself
Like Miss Universe
A woman who would take me in her arms
And she would say, Charles, yeah
And if you fit that description
This is for you especially

Mmm, take my hand
Come with me, baby, to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing loving with me, I want you to

Float, float on (Girl, yes)
Float on, float on (With Charles)
Float, float, float on (Ooh, yeah)
Float on, float on

Leo and my name is Paul
You see I like all women of the world
You see to me all women are wild flowers
And if you understand what I’m sayin’
I want you to

Mmm, take my hand
Come with me, baby, to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing love with me, I want you to

Float, float on (So float with me, baby)
Float on, float on (Yeah)
Float, float, float on (Float with Paul, y’all)
Float on, float on

Cancer and my name is Larry, huh
And I like a woman
That loves everything and everybody
Because I love everybody and everything
And you know what, ladies,
If you feel that this is you
Then this is what I want you to do

Ooh, yeah, take my hand
Let me take you to Love Land
Let me show you how sweet it could be
Sharing your love with Larry, listen

Float, float on (You better float with me now)
Float on, float on (Float on)
Float, float, float on (Yeah, yeah)
(You better float on)
(Float on)
(Ah)

My Michael Jackson obsession

I can’t believe I’m still mourning Michael’s death.

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It hit me harder than I thought. Maybe it’s because I grew up around the time the Jackson 5 were popular. I was a youngster when they made their Motown music debut back in 1969 with I Want You Back. Then came ABC, The Love You Save and I’ll Be There. The Jackson 5 were the first black teen singing group that young black girls could idolize. When I look back I’m so glad I was around when that happened.  You know, before his Thriller days.

I’ve been checking out different YouTube videos with Michael interviews and various songs. I’ve been googling everything about him. It got worse after the memorial last week.

I found this one song at YouTube that I haven’t heard since the 70’s and early 80’s. The song One Day In Your Life is from Michael’s solo album Forever Michael which was released in 1975. When I found the video at YouTube I screamed like a batshit crazed teenager.  I use to love this song back in the day.   I played it all the time. The song is also available on the One Day in Your Life compilation album which was released in 1981.  Motown released this album to cash in on Michael’s Off The Wall success.  The song didn’t do too well in the United States but it was a big hit in Great Britain, peaking at number 1. I’m not surprised. It’s a beautiful song. I found two different videos for One Day In Your Life. The first video is from his Soul Train performance in 1975.

The second video is a live performance in 1975.

When I headed over to Amazon I noticed that Forever Michael is being re-released on cd and will be available later this month.  Earlier this week I downloaded The Best of Michael Jackson Anthology Series.  It’s a 2 cd set with 44 songs consisting of Michael’s earlier solo songs and a few songs from the Jackson 5.  Of course One Day In Your Life is included in this cd set.

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I discovered that I’m not alone in my obsession. Over at Entertainment Weekly Popwatch columnist Missy Schwartz is going through this obsession too. Commenters were glad to know they weren’t alone, lol.

While going through my book collection last weekend I discovered that I have the paperback version of the book Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness by J. Randy Taraborrelli.

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I can’t believe I bought this book but hadn’t read it yet.  So I started reading it last weekend and it’s hard to put down.  So far it’s really good. It’s amazing to read about how much was going on in the Jackson family and Michael in particular and fans had no idea. The book was first published in 1991.  A more updated version in hardback, Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story, 1958-2009, will be available soon.

RIP Michael Jackson

I’m late in posting this but as everyone around the world knows Michael Jackson passed away on Thursday June 25.

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Object of Acclaim, Curiosity, The ‘King of Pop’ Dies in L.A.

By Hank Stuever and Matt Schudel
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson, 50, died yesterday in Los Angeles as sensationally as he lived, as famous as a human being can get. He was a child Motown phenomenon who grew into a moonwalking megastar, the self-anointed King of Pop who sold 750 million records over his career and enjoyed worldwide adoration.

But with that came the world’s relentless curiosity, and Mr. Jackson was eventually regarded as one of show business’s legendary oddities, hopping from one public relations crisis to another.

In the end there were two sides to the record: The tabloid caricature and the provocative, genre-changing musical genius that his fans will always treasure. There were those whose devotion knew no bounds, who visited the gates of his private ranch north of Santa Barbara, Calif., arriving at Neverland on pilgrimages from Europe and Asia, and who were among the first to flock to UCLA Medical Center as news of his death spread yesterday afternoon. Those were the same kind of fans who camped out at the Santa Barbara Superior Courthouse, to show their support during his 2005 trial. They released doves and wept when he was acquitted.

Then there was the other kind of fan, who preferred to keep memories of the singer locked firmly in his 1980s prime: Today’s young adults all have memories of being toddlers and grade-schoolers who moonwalked across their mother’s just mopped kitchen floors. Even the hardest rockers will easily confess to the first album they ever bought: “Thriller.”

“I am just dev-as-tated,” said Bridgette Cooper, 44, of Mitchellville, who was driving her children to math tutoring when her 12-year-old got the news by text. “I don’t ever remember not loving him. I have been a fan forever. Even through the turmoil and the public spectacle, I still loved him and his music.”

Mr. Jackson’s death set off an instant media frenzy befitting the later chapters of his celebrityhood. The singer suffered an apparent heart attack at one of his residences in Bel-Air. Paramedics said Jackson was not breathing when they arrived at 12:26 p.m. Pacific time. The singer was brought to the UCLA Medical Center at 1:14 p.m. PDT and pronounced dead at 2:26 (5:26 Eastern).

Web sites began reporting that the singer had been taken to the hospital. Soon, streets in the Westwood neighborhoods around the hospital were clogged with traffic as crowds of onlookers formed, much as they did wherever the singer had appeared. Soon enough, they were dancing and playing Mr. Jackson’s music, as a helicopter flew away with his body, en route to the coroner. All around the world, from Los Angeles to Adams Morgan to Times Square to Tokyo and beyond, people cued up Mr. Jackson’s songs — some digging out cassettes and LPs.

Mr. Jackson’s brother, Jermaine, told reporters that “it is believed [Mr. Jackson] suffered cardiac arrest” and that the star’s personal physician had tried to revive him. Jermaine Jackson then asked for something his family is unlikely to get in the next several days: privacy. “And may Allah be with you, Michael, always,” he said.

I’m still in shock. When I first heard about it I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was some internet rumor cause you know rumors about folks dying can easily get started on the internet.  But I found out on a legit news site so I had to accept the truth.

Despite Michael’s odd ways you can’t take away the fact that the man was one of the most gifted and talented music artists to ever grace this earth. I’ve been a fan since his days in the Jackson 5. Yesterday I finally had time to go through my album and cd collection and pulled out all my Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 music. I own a lot. I popped in a few cds and had a Michael Jackson/Jackson 5 marathon going on yesterday. That includes playing the Jackson 5 Anthology cd which really brought back some memories.

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Some of the songs from that cd that I love include Never Can Say Goodbye, Lookin’ Through The Window, I Am Love, I Wanna Be Where You Are and Forever Came Today. Check out I Am Love. This song is fantastic.  It’s from the Jackson Five Dancing Machine album.  Yes I still have that album 🙂

Another song I really enjoy is from the Jackson album/cd Triumph.  I read that the song Heartbreak Hotel, another all time favorite, is now titled This Place Hotel.  Well I still have the Triumph album and thankfully the original title still stands on that album.

It’s difficult to pinpoint my favorite Michael Jackson solo song. He had so many good ones. But some favorites include Billie Jean, Rock With You, I Can’t Help It, Man In The Mirror and Thriller. Check out Michael’s Billie Jean performance from the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever television special. Yes, I own the video.

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Motown 25 was one of the first videos I bought after I started my video collection back in the 80’s.

Quite a number of sites have tributes and recollections of  Michael.  Check out Rolling Stone’s Essential Michael Jackson coverage, People Magazine’s Appreciation and CNN’s Special Report on Michael Jackson.

I’ve been watching The Jacksons: An American Family on TV One.  Now I see why I prefer watching movies on non-commerical tv or dvd.  Way too many commercials.  I’m gonna order the movie through Amazon.com later next month.  Hopefully they’ll have it back in stock by then.

My prayers go out to the Jackson family.

RIP Michael.

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