Wednesday, July 1, 2009


You could not have gone anywhere this week without getting a full dose of the life and career of Michael Jackson. Having grown up in the 80's all the clips of Jackson have brought back many memories.

Jackson was a tragic figure on many levels, but one thing can't be taken away from him- he was a phenomenal dancer, I dare say unmatched. Aside from the annoying crotch-grab, his moves were mesmerizing. Here's a short clip that captures some of his signature moves.


Frontier Forest said...

What a waist! I will never forget watching the Emmy Awards in 82, when “Thriller” took everything. Thinking back, wow, did this talented lady of song have it wrong. Watching Barbara Mandrell step to the stage, she introduced Michael Jackson as a most stable and positive role model for her own children. Isn’t amazing what fame and fortune will do? But I believe I have read somewhere where the “love of money is the root of ALL Evil!”

Anonymous said...

Man, I have never been able to emulate that 'moon walk'. How about you Tony, can you 'moon walk'?

Rick Calohan said...

I’d say before Thriller Barbara Mandrel was correct it was after Thriller that Michael’s demons became known. Mainly the abuse he suffered under his father Joseph, the occult like atmosphere under his devout Jehovah’s Witness mother, and like Elvis was surrounded by enabling ‘yes’ men.

Perhaps part and parcel of Michael’s weird adult behavior and attitude had to come from his Peter Pan desire to never grow old. To reclaim a childhood he never had. With the success of the Thriller album he was now able to buy back his childhood. Thus why he felt surrounding himself with children was tantamount to his determent. Rather the allegations against him were true or not, he did not convince this juror that he was totally innocent of said allegations.

As for his moon walking abilities and his influence on music and dance crazes in the 1980s and beyond he was a force to be reckoned with and a major influence. A phenomenal talent of his generation and his fans and critics alike, who like any major star that we see eventually burns out.

Ephesians 6:4
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Anonymous said...

Michael Jackson although dead - his music will never die! He's like Elvis!!! I can't remember a dance or wedding I've been to in the past decade when a song from Thriller wasn't rolled out... and yes, I moon walk them whenever possible!!!

Frontier Forest said...

Rick, Great thoughts, and very well exegeted!