He was cautious and deliberate. I left the 30 minute interview almost shocked.
Smokey Robinson: "When I sit down to write a song, every time I try to write a song, I'm trying to write a song that people would've sung 50 years ago, now, and 50 years from now."
On "press night," August 19, I saw Motown the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. I like musicals so I was prepared to like it but not love it.
What is it that turns some very normal people into nitwits when they board a cruise ship? Could it be the excessive caloric intake or free-flowing alcohol that warps their sea-going brains?
Public grief is a powerful growth opportunity to enhance our own life. Grief is awful no matter what, but it's a part of life. Let's learn to do it better for ourselves and for the people we love. It's a little known key to peace and happiness.
Two summers ago, I visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Rihanna's dress was on display, which is sort of like putting Joe Namath's jersey on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame. It doesn't really belong.
Erizku is a photographer and a self-reflective curator. He tells me that he envisioned his show as a mixtape - he's got some hits mixed in with some tracks that he might need to convince you are worth a listen.
"I don't know what kid didn't listen to [Michael Jackson] at my age," says Bruno Mars. "You aspire to be as great as he is as an artist. I don't think any artist in pop, rock or hip-hop has ever done it any bigger than him ... He's the man."
The truth is, the world is busy shrinking, it has become an integrated society that is not divided by borders, what happens in the north, affects the south east; gradually our hopes, values and aspirations are merging to become the same.
Keeping up with the Joneses is supposedly as American as July 4 and apple pie. But it wasn't something I ever worried about, especially since: a) I'...
Michael Jackson kept a full menagerie at his Neverland Ranch. While Bubbles the chimpanzee is probably his most famous pet, he also owned a boa constrictor named Muscles, two pythons, two llamas, four giraffes, two more non-famous chimps, two alligators and 13 Chilean flamingos.
Now that the scandals concerning Michael Jackson's personal life and tragic death have mostly run their course, his legacy will be defined primarily by his music, and by the ways he impacted the history of pop.
José James: "Hearing a musician make music that has no commercial intent is pretty amazing. It feels different. I kind of wanted to tap into some of that energy and bring it on the album. Hopefully in a small way it's there."
The project's authenticity creates a new problem: How does one intuit the melodic decisions Jackson would have made if he were alive?
Even fans, who Jackson's views and work ethic were intended to serve, treat him more as a commodity than an artist.
We were never the trendiest band, but we've always been here. Even the critics that hated us back in the day, you get them drunk and they know the lyrics to all these songs.