elvisalisellers wrote:A thread resurrection!
The current topic on the great Jackie Wilson reminded me of the hit in which the Commodores [post-Lionel Richie] paid tribute to him and Marvin Gaye on.
Very cool vibe to this one.
Oh, thank you!
I loved that with all my heart!
You know, back when it came out, I somehow "knew" - some kind of frightening gut feeling, that this would one day be as much about MJ as the others. It couldn't be verbalized then, but I had a feeling that he was headed for the nightshift with those other Detroit-launched artists.
And I thought about Elvis, too. And others. That is also why.
Maybe it was because so many of them were dropping like flies, and continued to do so. In addition to Jackie (who wasn't Motown, but was Detroit), think of all the groups. Not many survive. Actually none made it to 2010, without one or, sometimes, ALL members tragically gone. And in many - most cases, quite before their time.
And MJ seemed, as I think Stephen Spielberg put it, "like a fawn in a burning forest." He knew what he meant by that. The Night Shift awaited as the forest burned.
I hate that I listened to this song and had that feeling. But I SO love this song.
Sing on, on The Night Shift. All the world fell in love with night, one by one, and paid no heed to the garish sun.
(Apologies to Shakespeare and B. Kennedy.)
P.S. - I knew Madonna would make it. She was strong. Detroit be damned!
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