Tuesday, June 30, 2009
...more on MJ
I didn't expect to be thinking so much about MJ's passing but I have.
I was speaking with my friend this morning and we tried to remember the last time a universally known celebrity died. When was the last time the world mourned for someone?
When Diana died there was huge response. If you think about the last big musical celebrity that died I'd have to go back to John Lennon and then Elvis. Sure there was Kurt Cobain but his life ended way too soon. He wasn't known all over the world like MJ was. My friend said "Its' like our generations' Elvis".
I mentioned in my previous post the obvious music and video explosion that MJ had influenced but what about his dance moves and fashion?
There's the moonwalk and the pelvis gyrations. ( I could have done without those personally) MJ was influenced by Elvis and James Brown for sure, but he also had his own moves.
Then theres the one sparkly glove and mirrored sunglasses that turned to just dark sunglasses. The red leather jacket with studs on it. Even his hairstyle was copied.
MJ had so much influence, more than I imagined.
I'm finding myself listening to his songs. I downloaded 6 songs that I like. One of my favorite is "Dirty Diana". Sure the Jackson Five was amazing and talented and had some great hits, but they weren't from my generation. I don't relate to those songs. I can listen to the Thriller album or the Bad album and remember the 80's. The videos and styles.
I wonder about his kids. What are they like? Will they reveal years from now who MJ really was? What was he like as a father? Curious.
I also wonder if Michael Jackson is looking at all the outpouring of love and smiling his child like grin.