Michael Jackson

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of the true greats in popular music, Michael Jackson. He was truly a gifted singer, dancer and entertainer. I would like to talk about another gift he truly possessed: GREAT SONGWRITING. We must remember that he wrote such gems as "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Bad", "Black or White", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", and the list goes on. Often, he would record his ideas on a tape recorder and use that as a reference point. I want to thank him for being so inspirational to millions of people all over the world and breaking down barriers. It's crazy to think that an artist of such high caliber had trouble getting on the cover of Rolling Stone and getting "Billie Jean" played on MTV (Thanks must also go to Walter Yetnikoff, who was the head of CBS/Sony Records at the time who stood up for Michael). Anyway, the world is not quite the same after Mr. Jackson's passing, and I will always do my best to follow his example of being the best I can be as an artist. Michael, you will greatly missed. BKT

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