Billie Jean

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Nothing got us hip music majors dancing at college parties in small Santa Cruz beach flats apartments like "Billie Jean." Michael Jackson's death was a sad, sad day for everyone of my generation. I found myself poking mournfully with this song on piano and shortly thereafter figured out how to configure it for acacella. It's probably my most popular song when I'm busking.

Here's me playing it in 24th St BART:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efkx597kGUE

When I play this live I often announce it by saying something like, "you know I'm classically trained. So, I hope you'll indulge me by letting me play a classical piece for you all." I start it like I'm starting the Kodaly Sonata, triple-stops and heavy, decisive breaths.

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from Uncovered Volume 1, released August 31, 2011
Written by Michael Joe Jackson

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Unwoman San Francisco

Unwoman is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and electronically arranged beats, her solo music is a futuristic homage to her classical training. Unwoman has been featured at steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America and has performed with Abney Park, Rasputina, Voltaire, Amanda Palmer, Stripmall Architecture... ... more

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