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Love Hangover

Today in the gym after sweating my you know what off on the elliptical I had a nice long walk on the treadmill.  Listening to my mp3 player, one of my all time favorite songs came on.  Diana Ross’s Love Hangover had me going on the treadmill.  Love, love, love this song.  Especially the extended version.  Love Hangover is from the 1976 album/cd Diana Ross.   I bought the album back then I remember wearing this song out on my record player 🙂

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.

Reminiscing about Michael

Washington Post columnist Avis Thomas-Lester reminisces about her childhood love for the late Michael Jackson. Reading this article brings back some serious memories for those of us who remember when the Jackson 5 were dominating the music charts.

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Growing Up Under a Lover’s Spell

By Avis Thomas-Lester
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 6, 2009

If Michael Jackson had married me, none of this would have happened.

That was the plan, from way back in elementary school. I was going to graduate, become a world-famous model and actress, and marry Michael Jackson.

There were several scenarios as to how this would happen, most of them dreamed up as I lay on my pink bedspread with yellow, green and blue butterflies in Indianapolis, about 150 miles from his home town of Gary.

Like thousands of other girls, I fell in love with Michael listening to Jackson 5 45s and LPs, long before videos, CDs and DVDs. For women of my generation, loving Michael Jackson was a rite of passage. We first saw him on “The Ed Sullivan Show” or “American Bandstand” or on the pages of teen magazines like Right On! and 16. We fell in love with Michael before he became the world’s “Thriller,” when he was still chocolate brown and had a wide nose and a big Afro and belted out love songs in a voice that hadn’t yet changed.

We didn’t have videos, but we saw him every night in our dreams, where he sang to us the way a man sings to a woman he loves deep down in his soul.

I remember Right On! and 16 magazines 🙂

Check out the Post to read the entire article.

Lookin’ Through The Windows

I had a Michael Jackson/Jackson 5/The Jacksons flashback weekend.  And today while at work too.  I brought some of my Michael Jackson cds to work today.  One of my favorite Jackson 5 songs came on my mp3 player this afternoon while on my way home from work.  Lookin’ Through The Windows is from the Jackson 5 Lookin’ Through the Windows album which was released in 1972.

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Back in my youngster days I never paid attention to who wrote songs.  I was just enjoying the music.  But when I got older I found out that actor Clifton Davis (That’s My Mama, Amen) wrote Lookin’ Through The Windows.  He also wrote Never Can Say Goodbye.

This video is the Jackson 5 performance on American Bandstand.  Anybody remember that show, lol?  Check out the afros and the dance moves.  And don’t forget to check out those outfits 😉

Lookin’ through the window
lookin’ through the window (ahhhh)
lookin’ through the window
look..look..look through the window
(ooooh ahhhh)
lookin’ through the window

lookin’ through the windows
the window to your heart (oh baby yeah)
I can see its cloudy
the rain’s about to start

lookin’ through the windows (lookin’ through the windows)
it seems i’ve caused your fears (yea yea yea)
and that little doubt girl (and your little doubt girl)
and now it’s bringin’ tears (and its bringin’ tears)

remember…

Just remember what ever makes you feel that way
don’t you worry ’cause i’m gonna stay
right by your side (by your side)
to keep on lookin’ through the windows
lookin’ in you eyes
(ooh lookin’ in your eyes, eyes, eyes)
(lookin, lookin’ in your eyes, eyes, eyes)

lookin’ through the windows (lookin’ through the windows)
seems like the only way (yeah)
I can know your feelings
if you still love me today

remember…

Just remember what ever makes you feel that way
dont you worry ’cause im gonna stay
right by your side
to keep on lookin’ through the windows
lookin’ in you eyes
(ooh, lookin’ in your eyes, eyes, eyes)
(lookin, lookin’ in you eyes, eyes, eyes)

lookin’ through the windows
the window to your heart

lookin’ through the windows
the window to your heart

za-da-da-da-da-da
da-da-da-da-da-da

(fade)

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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