Joy (cithra) wrote,

Actually a little teary about Michael Jackson passing on. Strange as he may have been in his personal life, he had charisma and musical talent of an unusual and haunting kind. faintheart and I were discussing the song Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell, aka Kennedy Gordy. Jackson sings backing vocals, and it's his addition that makes the song a hit. The only other piece by Rockwell that came close to doing well peaked at #35 on the Billboard 100 (Somebody's Watching Me made #2 in the US and #6 in the UK). The rest of the work wasn't bad, simply unmemorable, and pretty much faded away.

There was a timbre to Jackson's voice, though, that allowed him to inject that perfect siren edge of paranoia into the song, to add the hook that kept it playing in your head. I can't say I was a fan, but I willingly confess my respect for his talent and skill as a performer and musician. Whether he's simply done with life or has moved on, I wish him peace.

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