As I was inside a book store recently (yes, we librarians still occasionally go to bookstores), they had strayed from their typical overhead music and were playing what must have been a collection of "Halloween Hits" on the overhead speakers. Thriller, by Michael Jackson, came on. I was instantly filled with energy as I heard this song again. I've heard it a thousand times, but never in a normally staid and calm atmosphere where the usual music repertoire consists of soothing classical music or soft jazz.
Michael Jackson has been releasing new music. Well, not exactly Michael Jackson. He’s dead. However, unreleased music that he recorded before his death is now out after being finished by others. This means that we can continue to have new tunes by one of the great artists of his generation. The question is, would he have wanted this music to come out? A lot of material that ends up being released posthumously is work that an artist did not feel was good enough to be made public.