It’s not like you need another Michael Jackson tribute or post but oh well… Clearly, there are more important things going on around the world but it doesn’t mean that we can’t pause to reflect on one of the most iconic figures of global pop culture. His shocking death is news all around the world. Amazing and yet, reflective of his status as a global icon.
He was brilliant; Truly one of a kind. There will never be an equal to the album, Thriller. I wish I hadn’t burn my Thriller vinyl album when I was told by some Christians early on in my faith that it was satanic! His work – particularly with Quincy Jones – was amazing in so many ways.
What are your thoughts of MJ? What are your favorite MJ songs?
And if many of us are honest, we tried and tried hard to emulate the king of pop. We practiced his dance moves; sang his songs; imitated his gyrations; wore that one white glove, did the moonwalk, got that red leather jacket, the white socks, etc.
Two videos of MJ’s brilliance:
People liked MJ so much that they tried to forget his bizarre behavior, mental instability, and sexual abuse accusations. But, there were too many bizarre incidents and while I always had an enjoyment of his music, I simply grew detached from him altogether…he was no longer the Michael Jackson I had grown to emulate. He was someone else. If anything, it was really sad to see him – the King of Pop – appear so uncertain of his identity. In fact, I felt sorry for him. This video captures the eery ways that Michael Jackson’s facial appearance changed over the years:
My all time favorite Michael Jackson song is “I’ll be There” when he sang with his brothers in the Jackson 5. There’s something excellent, pure, and beautiful about the young MJ in this video. He was certainly gfited, talented, brilliant, and the most iconic pop figure of our generation and arguably, of all time, and yet, so many uncertainties, questions, strife, conflict… He was a mystery.
In tribute: MJ singing I’ll be There: