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Wednesday, July 08, 2009


My apologies for dropping off the face of the Blogsphere, everybody. I'll be out doing the blog rounds shortly!

I did not go out to celebrate the 4th of July, because I was home with the flu, but the local bloggers did (click here for some shots) and, of course, the local paper did as well, and got quite a few good ones (click here).

Yesterday, it seems like the whole country (world?) stopped everything to watch Michael Jackson's final good bye to the world.

Regardless of how you felt about Michael Jackson, I hope you enjoy this wonderful, wonderful interpretation by Jermaine Jackson of a favorite song of mine.

According to Wikipedia, the music was originally composed by Charlie Chaplin in 1936 for the movie Modern Times and the song was later interpreted numerous artists. The best known version was recorded by Nat King Cole in 1954.

Thank you Sir, for this wonderful interpretation, and how appropriate.

Because you never know how long the videos of MJ's memorial will stay on UTube, here it the song again, by Nat King Cole.

Awwww. What a song!

Good bye, Michael! Thanks for all the great hits and excellent entertainment all these years. Thanks for setting the bar so high and for showing your contemporaries and the new generation of pop singers/musicians/dancers/entertainers how it's done.

One thing is for sure, we'll never forget you. RIP.

Additional Resources and Links
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* MSNBC coverage of the entire Michael Jackson Memorial on 7/07/09, online, here (177 minutes)

* The lyrics to the song Smile here.

* 4th of July fireworks Pictures here and here

(Thanks to commenter "From Cali" for providing the link to the Michael Jackson Memorial)

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Blogger Patty said...

Both renditions are great, but I'm partial to Nat King Cole. Thanks for showing both videos. Welcome back, sorry you had the flu.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I agree, growing up on his music. Very sad... He set the bar so high that it will be a loooong time before there's another singer/dancer/performer with his level of genius.

10:01 PM  
Blogger claude said...

Coucou Tomate farcie !
J'espère que tu vas mieux.
J'ai bien aussi cette chanson.
MJ était incontestablement le roi de la pop. je l'aimais bien surtout à ses débuts.
Je me demanderai toujours ce qu'il l'a fait un peu déjanter pour avoir ce physique pareil et une tel psychose de, de, de la vie, tout simplement.
J'ai été touchée aussi par la disparition de Farah Fawcett.

1:26 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Perhaps I'll come back later to view your links and to listen, but I am OD'D on MJ. Hmmm! I wonder if anything else occurred around the world this past week?!

6:06 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Well, I've been wondering where you were -- so sorry to hear you've been sick with flu... And I'm assuming it's swine-flu -- how does it feel to be a statistic? Oh, I know it's not funny -- bet you felt like you had one foot in the grave...

Thanks for the Nat King Cole -- I remember listening to him a lot when I was a kid...

And I know Germain was signing from "the heart", and I shouldn't criticize, but he really could probably benefit from some voice lessons... Doubt if he would make it past the first round of one of those singing competitions... (how's that for rude?)

Anyway, take care of yourself, T.F.
Welcome back to the land of the living...

Best regards, Don and Kitty

2:08 PM  
Blogger dyanna said...

Beautiful song.

9:32 AM  
Blogger from cali said...

It is so difficult to see the photos of the young MJ: he was such a cute boy. I wonder why he thought all that surgery was necessary?
Speaking of talent, Chaplin wasn't exactly a slacker in that department, was he?

11:21 PM  
Blogger from cali said...

I forgot to add: glad you are feeling better.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

PATTY: I know what you mean. To me Nat King Cole's version is the "original version" of this song. ;)

BRAD: I agree with you, too. I'm looking at the new batch of pop singers out there and although I like some of the stuff, nobody really stands out.

CLAUDE: Bonjour!! Ca fait longtemps! Non, malheureusement, je suis toujours malade. Ca dure longtemps ce truc et c'est pas sympa! Michael devait etre "perfectionist" et il a ete trop loin. C'est dommage, il etait mignon dans Thriller. Il aurait du s'arreter la. Farah Fawcet, on savait qu'elle etait malade mais c'est triste quand meme.

KATE: Hello and thanks for the visit! I'm sure, but you know how Michael likes to hog the news ;)

I thought Jermaine Jackson did OK, all things considered (if you remember, he's singing in front of his brother's casket, so it's not an ideal setting, even for a professional singer!)

As to the "flu" I still have it :(

DYANNA: thanks!

From Cali: I think I saw a documentary or something in which he was saying he was uncomfortable with the way he looked as a teenager and people used to tease him? To have so much talent, to be on top of the world, and yet to be so vulnerable at the same time...

3:38 PM  

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