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Michael Jackson Died 5 Years Ago Today


I was on I-5 driving out of downtown Seattle. My cell rang and it was my daughter-in-law Dayna calling me to say that Michael Jackson had a heart attack and was in critical condition. I turned on Sirius XM…and waited. Not two minutes passed and she called again. Michael Jackson was dead at 50 on this hot summer day in 2009. What. The. Hell


That’s where I was when I heard the news. I’m sure you’re remembering where you were right at that very moment–right at this very moment, aren’t you?

While writing this post, I came across a song and video of Michael’s that I hadn’t been aware of called, Morphine. Eerily spliced together, this video for a remix of the song splashes images of Michael in various periods of his life (via videos) with clips from the dark and epic film, Pink Floyd The Wall, which starred Bob Geldof. The lyrics alone are, well…you’ll see.

He got flat baby

Kick in the back baby

A heart attack baby
I need your bodyA hot kiss honey
He’s just a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
So unrelying I’m such a swine baby
All down the line daddy
I hate your kind baby
So unreliable A hot buzz baby
He’s one of us baby
Another drug baby
You so desire

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
You’re doin’ morphine


They got place baby
Kicked in the face baby
You hate your race baby
You’re just a liar

Your every lick baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You soul survivor

She never cut from me
She never cut baby
I had to work baby
You just a rival

Always to please daddy
Right up and leave daddy
You’re throwing shame daddy
So undesirable

Trust in me
Just in me
Put all your trust in me
You’re doin’ morphine

Go’on babe

This won’t hurt you
Before I put it in
Close your eyes and count to ten
Don’t cry
I won’t convert you
There’s no need to dismay
Close your eyes and drift away

Oh God he’s taking demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol

He’s tried
Hard to convince her
To be over what he had
Today he wants it twice as bad
Don’t cry
I won’t resent you
Yesterday you had his trust
Today he’s taking twice as much

Oh God he’s taking demerol
Oh my Oh God it’s Demerol


He got shit baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You are a liar

Is truth a game daddy
To win the fame baby
It’s all the same baby
You’re so reliable

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
She’s doin’ morphine


You just sit around just talkin’ nothing
You’re takin’ morphine
Go’on baby
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re takin’ morphine
Just sit around just talking nothing about it
You’re takin’ morphine
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re taking morphine
You just sit around just talkin’ nothin’
And takin’ morphine

I’m going down baby
You’re talkin’ Morphine

Go’on baby!
Do it!
He’s takin’ morphine


“Guns n’ Roses was probably the biggest stadium rock band at the time, and then you have Michael, who is sort of the Elvis Presley of the period – and, like, that’s scary fame,” said Slash, who played on the harrowing industrial funkster from Jackson’s 1997 remix album. Jackson addresses rumors of his painkiller addiction: “Demerol, Demerol/Oh, God, he’s taking Demerol,” like he’s crying for help. Jermaine claimed he began taking pain medications for burns suffered during his 1984 Pepsi commercial: “I doubt he gave a second thought to Demerol’s side effects,” he recalled.


Okay. I would like to put the morbidity and possible “cries for help” Michael may have been projecting and…well,

Still can’t get enough…

Jackson called the opening track on Off the Wall “my first big chance,” and he wasn’t kidding. Six minutes of joyous pop funk that whooshed like a jet stream, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” was both an unstoppable hit and a milestone in Jackson’s creative life. “That song means a lot to me,” he wrote in his memoir Moonwalk, “because it was the first song I wrote as a whole.” Indeed, it embodied Jackson’s new, hands-on approach to his music. He not only wrote it but also sang all the multi­layered backing vocals and devised the spoken intro (“to build up tension and surprise people,” he said). He even played the glass bottles (along with his brother Randy) that lend the song added rhythmic sparkle. When his mother, Katherine, questioned the sexual undertones of lines like “Ain’t nothing like a love desire. . . . I’m melting like hot candle wax,” Jackson responded, “Well, if you think it means something dirty, then that’s what it’ll mean. But that’s not how I intended it.”

Oh, Michael. This is how I remember you.



Rolling Stone Magazine has a fantastic list of what they believe are MJ’s best songs. Take a few minutes to look through the videos–they’re just great. We will ALWAYS rock witchu.


**For Katy, Jeanne, Joanne, Hunter, Alex, Dayna, Felix, Annaliza, Geoff, Hannah and Jake…

Artist of the Day: Guy Sebastian! (PICS, VIDEO, U.S. TOUR DATES!)

"Like It Like That" - Guy Sebastian

I’m LOVING this Aussie boy…and I thank my friend Deborah for turning me on to Guy Sebastian.  Take a look and listen, y’all.  He’s extremely talented and cool–and has some fantastic collaborators…

Official Guy Sebastian Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA: Soul-singer Guy Sebastian‘s debut U.S. album Like It Like That is being released this month through an exclusive arrangement with Barnes & Noble stores which will carry the CD beginning June 29. Additionally, the album was made available for sale on June 8th at iTunes, Amazon and other digital services.

Recorded over six months in Los Angeles and New York, the album was produced by David Ryan Harris (John Mayer, Mariah Carey, Nick Jonas, Marc Broussard) and Fredrick Rodesjo, with John Mayer‘s guitarwork featured on “All To Myself,” “Fail To Mention” and “Never Be You”. The result is an album of true musical depth, an album that perfectly showcases the rare and charismatic talent of Guy Sebastian  – big sounds, big beats, blasting horns and those oh-so-soulful Sebastian vocals.

And for the first time creatively, Sebastian says he’s exactly where he wants to be. “I’m in a really happy place musically,” says Guy, “because this is exactly the style of music I want to do and that I’ve wanted to do for so long. It’s not about me changing the world; it’s just about fun music, pure and simple.”

The album’s title track and first single, “Like It Like That” revs the energy up with its opening claps and vintage Wurlitzer organ that immediately transcends into an all-out expression of supreme joy. It segues into “All To Myself,” which hits you with its nod to classic ’60s soul, from the beautiful harmonies of the backing vocals to the big blast of the horn section; this song rises and rises again to a joyous crescendo.

The feel-good vibes permeate throughout the funky, bass-heavy “Never Hold You Down” which has a companion video that was recently shot along the boardwalk at Venice Beach, CA with a cast of over 70 characters including a marching band. The song is Guy’s personal favorite from the new album. “This I wrote about a friend of mine, who is wonderful. She’s one of those girls that you would hate to be her boyfriend, because you would know as much as you would want to believe that you’ve got her, you know that you don’t…I’ll never be able to hold you down.”

Overall, Like It Like That is an inspired collaboration of credentialed producers and musicians and features two powerful duets, one with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks called “Art of Love” and a swinging toe-tapper called “Magic” featuring Melbourne singer Tarryn Stokes. Elsewhere, the mood goes deeper with the lush, orchestral sounds of “Bring Yourself,” a luxurious ode to Guy’s wife Jules.

Sebastian is continuing to commute between the US and Australia for the remainder of 2010. He’s scheduled to play some select west coast dates in July, including three special guest appearances to duet with Jordin Sparks, before returning to his homeland to gear up for his participation as a celebrity judge alongside Natalie Imbruglia and Ronan Keating on the new season of The X Factor.

There is no doubt that Guy Sebastian has the “X” factor as a true soul singer with a unique modern sound.

“I wrote the music on this album based on how I feel when I listen to the Otis Reddings and the Wilson Picketts of the world. I’ll put that music on and it always just lifts me and makes me feel great. Music is so powerful. It’s powerful enough on a personal level, without me trying to change the world,” says Guy. “I just want to change someone’s ten minutes on the way to work.”

“…that classic Motown stompin’ feel that makes you move your feet, while “Bring Yourself” has conversational lyrics akin to Stevie Wonder’s best work.” ICON FETCH

1)     Like It Like That
2)     All To Myself (w/ John Mayer)
3)     Art of Love (Ft. Jordin Sparks)
4)     Attention
5)     Magic (Ft. Tarryn Stokes)
6)     Bring Yourself
7)     Never Hold You Down
8)     Fail To Mention (w/ John Mayer)
9)     Never Be You (w/ John Mayer)
10)   Coming Home
11)   Undo
12)  Perfection

Is Guy coming to a city near YOU?

Bloody hell, he’s great. Who wants to dance with me? C’MON!