The Michael Jackson Music Experiment

VISUAL ART: Zindy S.D. Nielsen (playlists 1 & 2)

She drew her first portrait at age 16.

The subject she selected: Michael Jackson.

Zindy S.D. Nielsen has since compiled an impressive body of work in pencil, charcoal, pastel and acrylic. Her artistry graces the Web page background and photo album of the Michael Jackson Music Experiment. To view Ms. Nielsen’s other paintings and drawings, please visit her online gallery.

The Michael Jackson Music Experiment

SUMMARY: Playlist 2, Holiday Edition

A big THANK YOU to the artists featured in Playlist 2!

To listen to any track, simply click on the name of the artist. Enjoy!

THE JACKSON 5 – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
You better watch out, you better not cry. We unwrap the holiday edition of The Michael Jackson Music Experiment with a lilting, doo-wopping notice of the big guy’s arrival.

LEDISI – “Give Love on Christmas Day”
A composition crafted for the Jackson 5 by the brain trust of Motown Records. This first of three helpings comes courtesy of this soulful chanteuse from New Orleans, USA.

FABIOGELO – “Heal the World”
Goodwill mixed with Southern-Italian hip-hop. Bellissimo.

THE JACKSON 5 – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
A Motown greeting card wishing you and yours a joyous yuletide.

R. KELLY – “Cry”
The composer of the international smash “I Believe I Can Fly” lends his songwriting talent to this cut from Invincible.

TUCK ANDRESS – “Man in the Mirror”
One half of the duet Tuck and Patti offers a relaxing turn on acoustic guitar.

THE JACKSON 5 – “Up on the Housetop”
What’s that funky hoofing coming from the roof? No, it’s not reindeer. It’s the Jackson 5 serving up Christmas Motown style!

CHARLES “FATS” PICHON – “Give Love on Christmas Day”
We revisit the flavor of the Big Easy with a stripped-down interlude from this emerging jazzman. (note: though this track is currently unavailable, you may visit Mr. Pichon’s MySpace site and enjoy his other musical offerings! Just click on his name!)

JOHNNY GILL – “Give Love on Christmas Day”
The rich voice of the New Edition alumnus graces the final helping of the Jackson 5 original.

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI & FRIENDS – “We are the World”
The legendary tenor leads an all-star cast on this rapturous, live concert finale.

The Michael Jackson Music Experiment

Live From Modena: “We Are the World” – Luciano Pavarotti & Friends

The accompanying video to the final track on Playlist Two.

Backed by a children’s choir and a full orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti and a host of music greats perform before a crowd of thousands at Modena, Italy’s Parco Novi Sad.

The funds raised by this concert benefited Guatemala and Kosovo through the War Child Foundation, a philanthropy dedicated to advancing the cause of peace and assisting children affected by war.

To learn more about the War Child Foundation, please visit www.warchild.org.

To learn more about any of the artists in this video, click on a name below.

Alex Britti

Boyzone

Mariah Carey

Joe Cocker

Gloria Estefan

B.B. King

Ricky Martin

Gianni Morandi

Laura Pausini

Luciano Pavarotti

Lionel Richie

Renato Zero

Zucchero

The Michael Jackson Music Experiment

SUMMARY: Playlist 1

We recap the Michael Jackson Music Experiment‘s Playlist 1.

To listen to any track, click on the name of the artist. You will be taken to a MySpace page where you can enjoy the Playlist 1 selection as well as other musical offerings.

Happy listening!

THE EMBARASSMENT – “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough”
These gentlemen from Wichita, KS, need feel no abashment. Their punk-tinged riffs rousingly inaugurate the Michael Jackson Music Experiment.

LL COOL J & BOYZ II MEN– “Hey Lover”
‘Round-the-way rap from Queens, NY, meets the soulful harmony of Mowtownphilly. The collaboration samples Mr. Jackson’s “The Lady in My Life”.

TRANSFORMER DI ROBOTTER & JIM REEKES– “Stranger in Moscow”
Visions of Macintosh dance in our heads. Computerized herky-jerky fun!

LIONEL HAMPTON &
GROVER WASHINGTON JR.
– “Another Part of Me” (from the album For the Love of Music)

The legendary vibraphonist and bandleader plays alongside one of smooth jazz’s founding influences.

THE DOÑA, a.k.a. LO-FI – “Dirty Diana”
The ATL rapper’s delivery flows like sparkling wine from a decanter. Please keep it flowin’.

CHRIS CORNELL – “Billie Jean”
The former frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave spins a slow and harrowing tale of slander.

COOLTURA – “Sera Que No Me Amas”
We first heard the Spanish-language version of “Blame It on the Boogie” performed by Mexican crooner Luis Miguel. We believe Mr. Miguel would applaud this rollicksome rendition by the band from San Diego.

ELI MENEZES– “Remember the Time”
Do you remember that time…under a starry sky in Rio? Reminisce with Mr. Menezes and his Brazilian-flavored ambrosia.

JODI MARR & GEORGE NORIEGA – “Dancing Machine” (Miami Mix)
Mr. Jackson and his brothers cut a rug à la Havana!

JON LOYD – “The Lady in My Life”
We lower the curtain and kindle a night-light with a seductive turn at the keyboard. Sweet dreams…