Revelations

Anybody who loves the music of John Lennon and Michael Jackson heard two of the most mellifluous voices ever recorded.

We also had to appreciate different phases of the artist’s career.

John went totally peace with an angry-chaser, writing “Imagine” and a diss-on-Paul, “How do you sleep?” on the same album. John challenged the world around him through his music, which could have made him unpopular. Instead the world appreciated his talents. If you grew up watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, like I did, you were introduced to John’s one-of-a-kind-screaming-while-melodic grooves during “Twist & Shout.”

Michael also liked to push boundaries.

Separate the artist from all the criticism and look at his body of work: The Moonwalk, We are the World, Thriller, Off the Wall. I don’t have to use quotation marks because everyone knows these words to be attributed to Michael Jackson. He’s more popular than Disneyland.

Michael Jackson is responsible for many a booty shaking at your favorite weddings, bar mitzvahs, dance parties and bar scenes. Nobody could step into Michael’s shoes and sing those songs like he did.

Likewise, John Lennon had an unmistakable and defining voice. No one seems to be able to hit the notes the same way, or with as much sincerity. He went through a house-dad phase and played the recluse for a while, again challenging societal expectations. He also wrote “Give Peace a Chance”, “All You Need is Love” , “Revolution” , “Gimme Some Truth” , “Working Class Hero” , “Hold On” , “God”  and many more, like “Love Me Do,” when recording as a member of the Beatles.

You will be hearing John Lennon and Michael Jackson until the end of time. Be thankful. Music is a wonderful gift. Those who possess its mesmerizing thrills should share their talents with the world. Beat by beat, rhythm by rhythm. Thank God we are all so lucky that these two men had the guts and the talent and the work ethic to step up to a microphone and record their voices.

And they both believed in more music, less war. Sounds like a great title for a song. Hmmm…More Music, Less War.

There is so much good music out there. AC/DC, Prince, Kings of Leon, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Band of Skulls, Phoenix and on and on. Pick a handful of music and have a great day. Find your rhythm and blend it with others. Yes, I’m talking about making music.

“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances. And one man in his time plays many parts.”

Ladies and gentlemen…Will Shakespeare…

His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,

Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel

And shining morning face, creeping like snail

Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,

Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,

In fair round belly with good capon lined,

With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws and modern instances;

And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts

Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,

With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,

His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide

For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,

Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
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