Music

MJ…by DJ Dredd

by Winston "Stone" Ford

MJ is one of the reasons why I was drawn to music at an early age.  As a child growing up in the 70’s I couldn’t escape his music.  I remember realizing at some point that the man singing on “Blame it on the Boogie” was the same small child singing “ABC,” and it blew me away.

In 1979 when Off the Wall was released I remember buying the album with some cash I got for my birthday that September.  I played that record from start to finish several times a day for at least a year.  There was only one other album released that year that had the same effect on me and that was the self-entitled album by Prince.  Looking back it is easy to see why MJ & Prince became my musical heroes and biggest inspirations.

I was fortunate enough to be able to witness the magic of MJ during the summer of 1981 when the “Triumph” tour rolled through Greensboro NC.  I begged my mother to take me and on July 24, 1981 there I was.  It is easily one of my most memorable concert experiences.

As a DJ, MJ’s music is like your favorite winter coat.  You know that no matter how cold the room is you can put on that MJ record and just like that everything warms up–people are dancing, screaming, and having a great time.  That will never change.

-DJ Dredd

Please join us tonight as DJ Dredd pays tribute to Michael Jackson at the 9:30 Club in DC.