Some Words on Michael Jackson by Lenny Kravitz
There will never be another talent like Michael Jackson. Many people are
saying what a performer, what an icon. How many Grammy’s he won. How
Thriller was the biggest selling album in history. They speak about the
controversy and countless other things. But the truth of the matter is he
was a boy that God blessed with the most angelic voice.
Just listen to an early Jackson Five album and listen to that voice. The
purity, the feeling, the interpretation of the lyrics. At the age of ten, he
was on par with James Brown and Aretha Franklin. But the thing he had that
they could not match was the fact that he was a child. But at the same time
he sang as an adult. That line between child and experienced adult took his
expression to an unmatched level.
I heard somebody on the BBC news tonight say that he was a great singer but
didn’t have feeling like James Brown. That somebody is not listening
carefully. As a child he did it all. Even if he had not done Off the Wall or
Thriller, he would still be a genius in my eyes.
I got to work with Michael on a track that has not been released and it was
the most amazing experience I’ve had in the studio. He was funny. Very funny
and we laughed the whole time. I also saw what a beautiful father he was. He
was a beautiful human being. I am deeply saddened this evening.
He was the first live performer I ever saw. I got to see him at Madison
Square Garden when I was eight. If not for him, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m
doing. He gave me joy as a child and showed me the way to go. He was music.
Period. His hugeness as a star was great but before he was the King of Pop,
he’d said it all.
May you rest in peace sweet Michael. You gave us all you had to give. Lenny.
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