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Marion’s Favorites: Off The Wall Documentary

Questlove Supreme is one of my favorite podcasts and I have been listening to his backlist episodes over the past few weeks.  I recently heard the podcast with Spike Lee and they were discussing his career.  Spike mentions the Off The Wall Documentary as one of his favorite film projects he has done. Off The Wall has always been my favorite Michael Jackson album.  I know Thriller is his magnum opus and Bad sold more albums than Off The Wall.  But, Off The Wall is one of pop greatest’s albums and begins to showcase MJ’s artistry.

The documentary covered Michael’s journey from being a child prodigy on Motown Records with his brothers until the Off The Wall album, where he declared his artistic independence.  I will admit that the Motown period was not as interesting to me and it did not really cover any new ground that most music nerds would have already known.  However, when they got into the making of the album was where the documentary really shined.  Off The Wall is considered a musician’s musician album and a great pop record. It was sonically different from anything that came out in the late 1970s.   Spike was able to get a wide range of musicians from Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Verdine White of Earth, Wind, & Fire, David Byrne of Talking Heads, Mark Ronson, John Legend, The Weeknd and Pharrell to all discuss at length about the album’s influence on pop music.

Songs like Don’t Stop You Get Enough, Workin’ Day & Night, and Get On the Floor are disco-funk classics, while Rock With You is the ultimate rollerskating song and ballads like She’s Out of My Life and I Can’t Help It (sounds like it belongs on a Stevie Wonder album) shows off Michael’s vocal range and still holds up four decades later.

Off The Wall is a solid music documentary and a must for Michael Jackson’s fans and music nerds like myself.  It is nice to see the lesser known of Michael Jackson’s Big Three Albums get some shine and reveal that Off the Wall was not a typical hit album of its time but a genuine work of art.

 

 

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 69: Silver Surfer #1 (1968) by Stan Lee & John Buscema

As a teenager, I had a huge comic book collection.  It was mostly Marvel and DC Comics with a few independent comic book publishers like Image, Dark Horse, and Valiant Comics. I read Avengers, Green Lantern Mosaic, Green Arrow, The Spectre, Sandman, and Icon (from Milestone Comics) during that time.  The Silver Surfer (along with Icon)… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Marion’s Favorite Reads of 2020

2020 is mercifully coming to a close, and it has been probably one of the most challenging years that I can remember.  A global pandemic.  A contentious American presidential election.  Big time celebrity deaths. So on and so on.  Reading has been choppy.  However, I read fifty books this year.  Here are my favorite reads… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Maysa Leak

I first heard Maysa Leak on my favorite band, Incognito’s 1993 album, Positivity.  The song called Deep Waters speaks about loving someone that she should stay away from but was being pulled deeper into his orbit.  There have been many songs throughout music covering that aspect of love.  However, Maysa’s voice glides over the music… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Brother Sister by The Brand New Heavies

As a music lover, I enjoy a variety of musical genres from old school R&B and Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban Music.  However, I was asked recently what is my favorite musical genre.  I told the person it is Acid Jazz. They immediately asked me what is Acid Jazz? Acid Jazz is a musical genre that… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Albrecht 2015 Pinot Gris

I’ve been wanting to branch out into white wines recently.  I have always preferred red wines (Malbec, Merlot, & Cabernet Sauvignon) over white wines.  However, I heard a recent podcast about wines from the Alsace Region of France and the podcast host recommended that Pinot Gris was a good transition wine for red wine drinkers.… Continue Reading