THE WORLD OF SAMUEL MEEKER, MERCHANT OF PHILADELPHIA, AND GILBERT STUART, AMERICAN PORTRAIT ARTIST
Friday, June 26, 2009
The tears welled up... i scrambled up into the attic... brought down albums that have been stashed for years...
...they are more precious now.
from "How Jackson Did It" W. St. Journal July 1 by Jim Fusilli
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" the album opener [Off the Wall] composed by Jackson, is set up by the syncopated percussion that Jackson, his sister Janet and brother Randy played on a casaba, cowbell and glass bottle and had recorded for the demo version. Suddenly, Jackson screams and the orchestra explodes: Sweeping strings; punchy horns; bass, drums and handclaps form the foundation under Jackson's vocal. Single notes plucked on electric quitar fold into the Jacksons' percussion, creating a signature sound for the singer."
Think of Mr. Jackson onstage, moonwalking, silver glove glittering, spotlight reflecting off his sunglasses, stardust twinkling amid the curls of his hair. Think of his incomparable intensity as he sang and danced. Listen, even if only in your mind, to the music he made with his brothers or as an enormously successful solo artist. Don't let anything conflict with your memory of his great gifts--and the joy he brought to us for most of his life and ours as well.
from "An Appreication" W. St. Journal June 26 by Jim Fusilli
at 9:53 AM