Saturday mornings is the only time I can pick up this little jazz station run by a small college here in Atlanta. They have a doowop show early and yesterday I caught the last half hour of it. This genre isn't my favorite by any means. I can certainly appreciate the talent and the place in musical history it holds but if I'm out buying music, this probably isn't going to be at the top of my list. That said, I was struck, mesmerized, ENTRANCED, by a performance I heard yesterday on that station. In my opinion it was one of the top 3 vocal performances I have ever heard. "Oh, Danny Boy" by Jackie Wilson. For me, words can't come close to describing the sheer perfection that performance had. To call his voice on this recording an "instrument" would be an insult of the magnitude of calling Jesus, God's "right hand man". I really don't know the terms to describe how much better he was than anything I've heard in the last 30 years in the pop music world. Not just head and shoulders above, or light years ahead - it was practically paranormal. And as I drove to my destination listening to this incredible man's, incredible voice, I couldn't help but compare him to the arena's full of self deluded white noise generators trying to get on programs like American Idol or the pop charts full of digitally processed prima donna's that no one would ever hear from if they weren't being broadcast at clip levels by an industry more prone to pimping a personality that can only LOOK as good as Jackie Wilson could sing. And it was here I had my revelation... It's not that this might happen, It's going to happen, mark my words. I'm no industry guru but I can't imagine it won't happen given the natural cycle of things - hell, it HAS to happen ...I predict that the hottest act to hit pop music in the coming decades will be someone with the vocal talent of a Jackie Wilson. This person is young now, and is being steeped in the best the prog/rock/hiphop/emo/numetal/pop scene has to offer now (precious little) but they are also being taught by their parents about the Jackie Wilsons, Janis Joplins, Aretha Franlins, and the other great vocalists of times gone by. He or she will be developing their own style and are going to be integrating it with current technology in a way that it is an enhancement without it being a crutch. They will be smart enough to understand that their voice is all that is needed to tell their story. They aren't going to be lured by fame and steered by agents. They will have a pure and clear vision of what's true in their art and it will be impossible to stop them from achieving. And one more important thing - this person is not training to become "famous". When this artist does become known, everything in music will stop for moment and simply take a breath. And, from that point on, everyone will be reminded of how we've let the bar slide so far down that there aren't any Jackie Wilson's coming up. There's no incentive to be a Jackie Wilson when you can quit early and be a Mark McGrath or a Reuben Studdard and live happily ever after. It will become obvious that we have let the ordinary and mundane be elevated to stardom and have lost the handle on what true greatness is. Do yourself a treat and find Jackie's recording and give it a listen .