Michael Jackson

What a sad day in Los Angeles. Just got home from work/happy hour to the news that Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died today. Both so beautifully flawed…like Johnny Cash in some ways. If you grew up in the 80’s and lived through the first dawning of cable and MTV, it was hard not to be very aware of Michael Jackson in his prime. Really the whole package as a singer and dancer and then songwriter with the help of Quincy Jones. Yes he got odd but he always seemed so delicate and fragile and kind at heart. I believe that for sheer album sales…you have Elvis, The Beatles and Michael Jackson. And if you missed the “Thriller” video growing up into early MTV, you didn’t have a pulse. Right this minute…people are crowding around his Hollywood Star and the UCLA hospital where MJ is resting…hopefully in peace. He often seemed not really of this world.

And Farrah Fawcett…where to begin? At 10 or 11 years of age, my parents were kind enough to buy for me the “Farrah Poster”. The first poster to sell millions and millions. Yep…I had that poster on my wall. Not so racy in hind-sight…actually a one piece swimsuit with a profile view. BUT, there is no doubt that Farrah Fawcett was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen at 10 or 11 or 12…can’t really remember now as I’m sure I was blinded by those teeth…that hair. Yes, I watched her on Charlie’s Angel’s. Yes, I hated Lee Majors, the Bionic Man, for marrying her during this era. Yes, I hated Ryan O’Neil for treating her badly most of her life. Yes, it made me sad she became dotty and drug addled. BUT, for a time she was surely the most beautiful woman in the world. I’m sure she won’t get as much press as MJ in the coming days…but I’ll miss her just as much.

That’s my little slice of LA life today. And so it goes in lala land. Tipsy earthquakes and lusty hip shakes. Tomorrow I’m flying back to the Midwest to collect the last vestiges of our stored Madison/Iowa City possessions. We’ll be looking for a house in Los Angeles (gasp) over the next six months and I’ll be plugging away at demos for these new songs. I appreciate the feedback ya’ll gave me on buying Digital Downloads versus CDs. Pretty much a 50/50 split (and not all on generational lines). Appreciate you giving a damn! I’ll try and round up some old friends soon and do some new recording by the end of this year or decade or lifetime… Hurry up and wait…hurry up and wait.

In the words of the immortal Michael Jackson: “Just Beat It”


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