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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Earth Song redux

"Earth Song," written by Michael Jackson, just makes me tear up, as in cry, not rip things up. What's up with that?

According to Wikipedia, which is often untrustworthy...

"Earth Song" is a ballad that incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material such as "We Are the World", "Man in the Mirror" and "Heal the World". However, "Earth Song" was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare. The song was written and composed by Jackson.

Reviews were generally favorable, but some charged that the song sounded pompous, even if unintentional. "Earth Song" was accompanied by a lavish music video shot on four geographical regions. It centered around the destruction and rebirth of Earth and went on to receive a Grammy nomination in 1997. The song was a top five hit in most European countries. In the UK, it remains Jackson's best-selling single. "Earth Song" was not released as a single in the United States.

Not released as a single in the U.S. Michael knew his audience. R.I.P. Here is Michael's song performed by Isgaard.

and Michael's video, again...

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