I’m really glad I found this video on Youtube. Someone has posted the vocal track only of a young Michael Jackson performing “Ben,” a touching song about a boy and his pet rat. Without the music, it becomes incredibly apparent how vocally gifted Jackson was even as a boy. If you can listen to this today without getting a tear in your eye (especially right around the two minute mark), you just may have no soul.
The first in what will be a series of posts (assuming the record companies allow these videos to stay up) in tribute to the biggest celebrity that this world has ever known, the late Michael Jackson. He’s one of the very few artists in the world whose musical legacy will always outshine any of the sad, horrible, and insane aspects of his much-discussed private life. The man, and the boy, was a musical god who changed the landscape of popular music forever, and nothing will ever erase that. RIP, Michael. Your music will live on forever.
Fellow On Deaf Ears bloggers: Please feel free to contribute your favorite Jackson songs.