All of these people had a hand in making Marlo Thomas’s Free to Be You and Me that I referred to here yesterday. Among them were:
Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Mel Brooks, Rita Coolidge, Billy DeWolf, Rosey Grier, Michael Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, Tommy Smothers, Dionne Warwick, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing, The New Seekers and – whew! – The Voices of East Harlem.
BUT! the one whose participation – and image – move me the most is Michael Jackson seen below as a skinny boy singing one of the sweetest songs on the album with no less a crooner than Roberta Flack of Killing Me Softly fame.
I have to admit it killed me softly.What happened? What dark forces played on this child to rob him of peace of mine, and a sense of self-worth and, by the end even of sleep?
I watch this short clip and find myself wishing someone could have stepped in and helped him somehow, just when he was at his height, right after the Thriller years.