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Michael Jackson and Message Music

July 3, 2009

I’ve been cruising youtube for Jackson videos, mainly to catch more live show footage. I always knew the songs were great, but damn, the performances are beyond fantastic. Every song he’s giving it all he’s got. He’s not going through the motions. He’s feeling every song.

I stumbled on a fan made live music video of “Man in the Mirror” and it made me think how message music is missing from the mainstream. I don’t really pay that much attention to the mainstream scene, but I’m betting there isn’t much with substance out there.  I think the world needs more songs that mean something more than a catchy hook or about getting your drink on in the club.

Millions of people are having their lives flipped upside down due to the recession. Where are the songs that bring them back up?

Music has the ability to take a message to the people like nothing else. It has the ability to deeply affect people.  MJ wowed us with his voice and super human dance powers, but it’s the songs that kept us, and it’s the songs we’ll remember for a long time to come. The way the world responded to his death just shows you how much he affected people.

Now, my friend, how are you going to affect people?

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