The Legacy and Longing of Michael Jackson (R.I.P. 1958-Forever)

Whew! Those three years have passed by so swiftly. I can still feel the shakes and anxiety I experienced when getting that call from my mother, informing me that Mike was hospitalized and turning on CBS to see the drama unfold. We had just lost Farrah Fawcett that same day and something was in the air. I knew it. Just something that I will never forget. It was as if someone was playing a sick joke or I was in some kind of weird nightmare. When it was confirmed that he died, I was just mortified, shocked, paranoid and frightened. Seeing the hundreds of people cluttered at the UCLA Medical Center is an image that will never escape my conciousness. My mind went blank at that moment and that whole rest of the day. I couldn’t eat, watch any special or news broadcast involving his sudden death, or listen to music. That day was just…a wild circus! Seeing the helicopter taking off with his body to arrive at the coroner’s officers was just sickening and sad. All this didn’t hit me until the night of June 26th, when watching the “Gone Too Soon” and “Liberian Girl” videos and just thinking about how much this man was really L-O-V-E-D.

Outside of all of the drama and controversy that has surrounded his untimely death and its aftermath, it is important that Michael’s music and impact is prevelant in the culture we live in today. Nonetheless, we must also utilize Michael as the true example of a complex genius as well as multi-faceted man, who lived life on his terms without a care. Sure, there were perplexing moments in his life that caused him to be mythologized, maligned and unfairly scrutinized, but Michael was deep. Deep not only in his many talents, but his character as well. His soul, giving spirit and courage was abundant and it all derived from the spirit and hope of his own upbringing. The hardwork and commitment of the Jackson Family fueled a whole new movement in American culture and Michael, along with his parents and siblings, did their best to show the world how there is indeed light at the end of any tunnel. 

The hidden links in Michael’s enduring musical legacy lies tales and messages of desire, struggle, justice, joys and sorrows. These stories must’ve been among the culmination of Michael’s own personal life, as it was filled with a myriad of pride and devastation. Amazingly, these songs are the only real stories that have accurately told the truth on the many dimensions of Michael Joseph Jackson. His defining voice and remarkable talents as a performer, songwriter, producer, musician and dancer were filled with careful skill and unmatchable virtuoso, which echoed the best of other icons such as Jackie Wilson, James Brown and Charles “Cholly” Atkins before him. The fiery and perfection of Michael’s talent was towering, but his sweeping career, which lasted four decades, proved that there was something more. Vision and dedication was among the many reasons as to why it all stood strong.

The legacy of Michael Joseph Jackson is simply this: endurance, pride and willingness. If one takes the time to listen to his entire catalog, from the earliest Steeltown recordings to the last full-length of his career, Invincible, there lies the journey of a legend. We will miss Michael! I salute you as a man and living testimony of what a human being should be. Furthermore, thank you for everything!

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Album Round-up: Prince’s The Gold Experience

Hello B.R.A.N.D.O fans and funkateers,

We are back with another Prince episode, looking back at 1995’s “The Gold Experience.” This album has long been considered one of the mighty pinnacles of Prince’s long and illustrious career. Here I am joined with Jesse Jenkins and Henry Cooper. We’re going in on this one and then some. Enjoy, comment and share! Thanks.

Click here to listen: http://archive.org/details/AlbumRound-upPrincesTheGoldExperience

 

Podcast: Music Talk #2

*Note: This episode was recorded on June 2nd, 2012. Michael Jackson’s commemorative Bad 25 single, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Don’t Be Messin’ ‘Round” is available exclusively at Walmart. Pick it up NOW! 

Hello folks!

We are back with a long-awaited episode of Music Talk #2! Here I’m joined by good friend and co-host, Jesse Jenkins. We are getting into alot of stuff on this one…so let’s get the engines running! Enjoy, comment, share and follow. Thanks!

– Prince’s Australian Tour
– Michael Jackson’s Bad 25 Release (How Will It Hold Up?)
– Prince Remasters (Will It Ever Happen?)
– Possible New Prince Project/Protege Projects
– What Are We Listening To?

Link to Podcast: http://archive.org/details/MusicTalk2

We’re Back….

Hello people,

I know it’s been a two weeks since our last podcast, but I am proud to say that we have some new and exciting stuff coming up. We will be dropping two new podcasts soon (one of them may be dropping today, you never know!) I am also in the process of doing a special post on some new and unsigned artists that are amazingly dope. There is so much that is going on as far as BrandoSoul is concerned. I would like to thank everybody for responding to this blog and our shows with the warmest and generous gratitude. The BrandoSoul Family really appreciates everything and it’s just going to get better. So people: stay posted, keep love and peace in your hearts always!

Again thanks….

BRANDON OUSLEY