We're saluting the King of Pop on Friday Chill Music. I always felt bad for MJ. I know he did some bad things in life but he was a sympathetic character warped by fame and his family. He'll be missed at Kenny Kellogg Headquarters where we regularly request MJ at every wedding we attend. Tip of the cap to you, MJ.
First up is Beat It. Unfortunately YouTube disabled embedding but click through for the awesome video.
Next is Thriller. This song was soooo big back in the day. Just amazing and so was the video. Reaching back in the memory machine, I remember when this song was played at the Golden Skate, my Friday night hangout in San Ramon from ages 10 - 13. The lights used to go off, the black lights turned on, and it was party time on roller skates for little Scotty. (A little trivia: I went by Scotty my whole life until I met Scotty Fausel sophomore year of college. He got the "Scotty" handle and I became "Orn.")
Third is Rock You. I've always loved this song. It's kind of sensitive but no apologies from me.
Fourth is Billy Jean. Perhaps the greatest beat of all time. A tour de force. One of the best songs of all time.
I'll end with one of my favorite Pearl Jam b-sides, All Those Yesterdays, from the Single Video Theory DVD. Seems oddly fitting for MJ...
Dont you think you oughtta rest?
Dont you think you oughtta lay your head down?
Dont you think you want to sleep
Dont you think you oughtta lay your head down tonight?
Dont you think youve done enough?
Oh, dont you think youve got enough, well maybe..
You dont think theres time to stop
Theres time enough for you to lay your head down, tonight, tonight
Let it wash away
All those yesterdays
Bonus points if you recognize that earlier this decade I drove the same kind of Volkswagen 1970 Fastback that Eddie pulls up in.