Will There Ever Be Another Anyone? We Still Enjoy the Music of the Jackson 5, Prince, Lionel Ritchie, Chaka Khan, and Sade

Soap Box Rants

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

I was talking to a friend the other day while she was listening to some Jackson 5 tunes. They sounded good…brought back a lot of good and fond memories. Yes, I remember – as many of you do, the Jackson 5 long before Michael Jackson decided to go solo. And as talented as Michael Jackson was, I still preferred the music done by him and his brothers before he went it alone. That’s probably because I preferred soul music to Pop music. There is also magic when a certain group of people come together to produce heartfelt music – from the very core of their being the type music with people they love and trust. Three of the Jackson brothers sang, and two played instruments. And when they pulled it all together, it was awesome. Can you think of anything that came later that was better than “I Don’t Know Why I Love You,” “Corner in the Sky,” and “Who’s Loving You?”

And let’s not forget Lionel Ritchie when he was with the Commodores. As successful as his pop career rose in stature, it never quite hit the note to produce the wonderful feel it did when he was with the Commodores. I missed the synergy and electricity they produced when they performed together. It was never the same afterwards. Really…did anything top” Zoom” and “This is Your Life? I don’t think so.

Chaka Khan and Rufus…Oh my goodness…What a group! When I first heard “Everlasting Love,” Chaka and Rufus had an everlasting fan. When that group broke up, it was a sad day. Once again, the chemistry they produced when they came together was often emulated, but never duplicated. I did like “Through the Fire” so I can move on.

Sade released “Soldier of Love” a couple of years ago after being out of the public eye for a while, but it was like she never left. Sold out concerts reminded us her fans looked forward to reliving past moments together. The music, her performance, everything was tight. Could it be because she’s still with the musicians she used before taking a hiatus?

When I hear people say there will never be another Michael Jackson, I always think, what about Prince? He always manages to keep his youthful look and make memorable comebacks and he’s had several bands. Did it affect what he does? I’m not sure. What do you think? Here is this multi-talented guy that can not only belt out some great tunes like “Beautiful Ones” and “Diamonds and Pearls,” he also has some sweet dance moves and plays every instrument on the stage very well. From guitar to piano to drums, etc., how many people can pull that off? The passion cannot be denied. He is definitely in it for the music. Could this be the missing link? The music behind the voice is as important as the voice. And when they work in harmony with each other beautiful things happen. Prince is the voice and the music. Maybe that is his advantage.

The bottom line is there will never be another anyone. We are all unique in our own way. We are on this planet with talents and gifts. It is up to us to develop those talents, share those gifts, and make ourselves seen if that is what we so desire.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine