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Giving people their moment.

Posted on 2009.06.26 at 12:14
Condition: pensivepensive
Electric Relaxation: MJ + Heavy D | Jam

I was about five years old when I heard "Beat It" for the first time, seven when I performed "Rockin' Robin" at the neighborhood talent show. My mother still remembers the gold glove (YES, gold!) I refused to take off and the poster of him in the yellow sweater vest that would be replaced with another MJ years later. I practiced the Moonwalk everywhere--in my room, at the playground, during open gym, at family barbecues. The other girls wanted to marry him; I just wanted his moves.

We know the man was troubled. We get that. But that doesn't make his music any less meaningful or relevant. It doesn't make him any less human. And it doesn't make what some of us are feeling any LESS real. For most of us born in the age of music videos, he was our very first glimpse at the beauty and absurdity of pop iconology. So feel free to wrap yourself up in the nostalgia, crank up your favorite MJ song and throw a hand in the air. It's a celebration.

Sometimes you've just gotta let people have their moment, their memories.


MonStar "King of HipHop"
Fresh shit. monster6 at 2009-06-26 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
He was the man by far!!! There was no stopping him!!
Got to be good-looking 'cos he's so hard to see
Fresh shit. fa_ikaika at 2009-06-26 18:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this: I was a bit too old (and in shell-shock from the musical wasteland that was mainstream music in the 1970s) to really get into Michael from his "Off the Wall"/"Thriller" period. Sure, I dug the hits, but for every great song e.g. "Thriller", there was something a bit too maudlin for my taste: "Ben" or downright schhlocky: "The Girl is Mine".

But when he was on, man was he on.

In my life, MJ was important because of the Jackson 5's first two singles and that cute little cartoon show. The singles "I want you back" and "ABC" were and are pure musical genius. Sure they weren't actually written by MJ or his brothers, but they illustrated the raw material they possessed as a group. And what musicians they were!!

THe show at the time was the only place you got to see black children being more than accessories to a generally white narrative or to "black people being a version of a white people's show". Sure the Osmonds were on as well, but to my 8 year-old consciousness, the Jacksons were clearly the better show and clearly first. And that was a valuable thing for a yellow kid growing up in a 95% white world.

He was a great talent and an awe-inspiring performer. No doubt about it.
UR taste buds can't repel flavor of this magnitude
Fresh shit. sofvckinghot at 2009-06-27 01:14 (UTC) (Link)

The cartoon show was genius!

I can still spin on each leg like they do at the beginning of the show.

And I am still not over Off the Wall...everything after that was just okay to me. I respected his success with the hits when Thriller was released, but I was well consumed by Duran Duran.

I would stop everything for the "Thriller" video, though. I used to know EVERY step. The boy was BAD, fer sure.
Fresh shit. goonies_nsd at 2009-06-26 18:35 (UTC) (Link)
I still have my Rockin' Robin 45. :X
The Monologue of a Nodal Point
Fresh shit. dignam at 2009-06-26 20:17 (UTC) (Link)
I've got some words on the genius of "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" over here:

UR taste buds can't repel flavor of this magnitude
Fresh shit. sofvckinghot at 2009-06-27 01:10 (UTC) (Link)


The yellow sweater vest? The tiger cub? The white suit? I had the pins but not the posters. I remember them all.

We skated to Thriller from start to finish, over and over again.
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