Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)



michael jackson10 Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)Michael Jackson’s Passing left me with a hole in my heart,
he was an amazing performer an a musical genius
I remember as a child playing my parents Michael Jackson record The “Off
the wall” album and the “Thriller” album on my parents stereo which by the way
still had an eight track slot. So as
with many people his music was part of my childhood I think about my parents as
well, my mother who said “this was traumatizing for her” and my dad who basically said that he was older MJ
so they literally grew up with him and his music as a children themselves. I was not even a week ago that my father and
I were riding in the car together and we were listening to the Jackson fives greatest
hits Cd . Michael Jackson is some I would have loved to have met if only to pick
his brain the wealth of knowledge about the entertainment business the he had
has gone with him. Regardless of the so called controversy there is something
that Al Sharpton said to MJ that rang so true “The media did not give you the
crown (King of Pop) and they can’t take it away.” A great Humanitarian
Entertainer and ALL Around Talent Has left us Michael Joseph Jackson
your work here is done go take your rest I wish you peace on your final
journey.

~mistajay~

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June 25, 2009


We lost a legend today.  As I’m sure you have seen by now, Michael Jackson passed today at age 50.  The man was a true genius. I remember hearing his music in the house as I grew up. From Jackson 5 to Off The Wall to Thriller to Bad and beyond, dude was the greatest musician of all time. All the turmoil he went through away from music aside, there is absolutely NO ONE who ever made or will ever make the kind of contribution to music that Michael Jackson made. Over 750 million records sold worldwide!!!  There’s a reason he moved those kind of units… All you musicians out there, whatever genre, we need to take a moment to say thank you to the legend for all he gave to music, and to us, the listeners.  Rest In Peace.

Peace.

E

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Happy Father’s Day


fathers day Happy Fathers Day

Father’s Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honour and commemorate fathers and forefathers. Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities.

The first observance of Father’s Day is believed to have been held on July 5, 1908 in a church located in Fairmont, West Virginia, by Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South of Fairmont.[1] [2] The church still exists under the name of Central United Methodist Church.

Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington thought independently of the holiday one Sunday in 1909 while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church at Spokane,[3] and she arranged a tribute for her father on June 19, 1910. She was the first to solicit the idea of having an official Father’s Day observance to honor all fathers.

It took many years to make the holiday official. In spite of support from the YWCA, the YMCA and churches, it ran the risk of disappearing from the calendar.[4] Where Mother’s Day was met with enthusiasm, Father’s Day was met with laughter.[4] The holiday was gathering attention slowly, but for the wrong reasons. It was the target of much satire, parody and derision, including jokes from the local newspaper Spokesman-Review.[4] Many people saw it as just the first step in filling the calendar with mindless promotions like “Grandparents’ Day“, “Professional Secretaries’ Day“, etc., all the way down to “National Clean Your Desk Day.”[4]

A bill was introduced in 1913,[5] US President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea in 1924,[citation needed] and a national committee was formed in the 1930s by trade groups in order to legitimize the holiday.[6] It was made a federal holiday when President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation in 1966.

please celebrate your father on this day and let them know what the mean to you and if they are no longer with you do something to honor their memory.

~mistajay~

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Black Music Month Celebrated in June in United States


Early African-American genres influenced American popular music

Washington — American music reflects the diverse character of the American people. Each musical form reflects a mosaic of contributions by groups and individuals who arrived on U.S. shores from every corner of the world. It is difficult to imagine American music without the rich and continuing innovations of African Americans. Even as today’s hip-hop and rap owe much to the call-and-response patterns that black slaves brought from Africa, virtually every other American musical form similarly has been leavened by African-American traditions and innovations.

Spurred by the songwriter and record producer Kenny Gamble, President Jimmy Carter in 1979 designated June as Black Music Month. A quarter century later, President Bush continues to issue an annual Black Music Month proclamation.

The original African Americans were transported across the Atlantic to lives of involuntary servitude. They mostly came from West Africa, where call-and-response interaction between speaker and listener was common in civic and government gatherings, religion and music. As slaves, black Americans could not participate in government, but they were quick to adapt their native culture to Christian religious services, and to church music.

Church-going slaves of the 17th and 18th centuries would repeat, in call-and-response fashion, the hymns and psalms sung by the service leader. In the plantation fields of the American South, they employed these patterns in a variety of work songs, field hollers and other kinds of black folk music. Often improvised and typically syncopated (stressing the weak beat), these forms would develop in many directions and exert a strong influence on much of the nation’s popular music.

Slave religion also spurred the “Negro spiritual,” often called a “jubilee.” Among the most beloved spirituals were Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Roll Jordan Roll. Beginning in 1871, the touring Fisk Jubilee Singers, (based at Fisk University, a historically black college founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1866) brought the spiritual, arranged for chorus, to much of the United States and Europe. The exposure helped catalyze the fusion of African American and other forms of popular music.

By the beginning of the 20th century, African-American music had evolved into new forms. Composers like Scott Joplin and Eubie Blake pioneered a piano style combining a regularly accented left (bass) hand beat with a highly syncopated right (treble) melody. It was called ragtime, and was one the genres that later combined to form jazz. Compositions like Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag (1899) transcended racial divisions and deepened the influence of black roots on American music.

At about the same time, the field hollers, work songs and other black music of the South gave birth to the blues. Incorporating a call and response pattern in lyrics (a-a-b pattern, “a” line repeated) or between vocals and instrumentation (often “slide guitar,” applying a round metal tube rather than fingers to the guitar strings) and unique harmonic progressions, blues artists sang of sadness and melancholy in love. W.C. Handy’s Memphis Blues (1912) is a leading example. Artists like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker continue the tradition. The blues, in its many regional (Chicago blues, Memphis blues, Delta blues) and other variations, remains popular in its own right, and its influence is apparent in the development of jazz, rock and later musical forms.

The black church remained a fecund source of musical inspiration. By 1930, elements of the blues and old Negro spirituals were crystallizing into gospel music. Thomas A. Dorsey, music director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, was instrumental in popularizing the sound, which featured a full-throated vocalist accompanied by choir, piano or organ, and by energetic audience participation, often vigorous rhythmic handclapping. Mahalia Jackson, who would perform at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy and the funeral of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., frequently is cited as the finest vocalist of the gospel tradition.

Gospel placed a direct imprint on later, more secular forms of black music, like rhythm and blues (R & B) and soul. Artists like Aretha Franklin (a preacher’s daughter), Sam Cooke (a preacher’s son) and the Reverend Al Green each incorporated gospel elements into their personal, form-transcending styles.

These African-American sounds are a treasured part of the nation’s cultural heritage. They continue to bring great enjoyment to millions. Their influence spread even further through two of America’s most popular musical idioms — jazz and rock — and then into the new music of the 21st century.

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