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Michael Jackson

There are two types of successful musicians. Those that enjoy their music and those that think about their music.
We have people like Queen. Every note was thought out and nothing was incidental. No guitar riff was there without premeditation. To them music was not just joy, it was important. Then we had people like GnR, to whom music was fun. It was more important to make it sound good and yet it was heartfelt because they loved what they did. They loved having fun with their instruments, their voice, the notes.

And then there were some musicians who fell somewhere in between. To them music was a medium - a way to show their true selves, their ideas, and so it was important. And then again, they experimented with their music and played with it. Into such category was Michael Jackson. Irrespective of when he came to lime light, irrespective of which era he was born in, he was one of the greatest singer/writer/dancer - in short, performers. If the Moonwalk had been showcased in 2009, it would still become the rage. Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller, Bad, Blood on the Dance Floor, etc would have been hits even today. Perhaps the videos would have been more cutting edge. No. Make that definitely more cutting edge than what we see now. MJ was known to push boundaries while making his videos. Perhaps modern day music videos would be totally different were he not there in the picture.

Unlike many modern day pop artists, music by Jackson was not dismiss-able. Whether one liked it or not, it was undeniable that there was a catch to it, which made it irrepressible. You could not forget a song once you'd heard it. The energy with which he sang was infectious. It is apparent just how much time he must have spent fine tuning a song before turning out the record. Exactly where the creak of the door should be heard and exactly when he should give on of his famous shouts was very well thought out. It was not a whim. At least, I refuse to believe that - they were all too well timed for that. He cared about his every move.

And then his dancing. There simply cant be a parallel. And it is not just about the moves. When he danced, he had a palpable aura of repressed energy. Like a man who is straining against the leashes, waiting to just break free yet reigning himself in and doing a few very difficult but very elegant dance moves. His moves were not just graceful, they were, and are, a delight to watch. His feet barely touched the ground, and his hands and body were almost-shaking, always, but not shaking. In a world where stage shows are common and talent springs up on every TV channel, it is rare to come across anyone as talented as him, as true a performer as him.

That slight man, terribly screwed up in his head by a lifetime of strife and troubles, made a place for himself all over the world, in every village of distant countries, in a time when there was no internet, and barely any television. Now thats talent. I shall not call him a star or a superstar. When Paris Hilton is a star, MJ does not deserve to be called one. For all his personal problems, to me he was, and is, an unmissable part of History of Music. He has given a couple of full generations hope in music, addiction to music videos and high expectations from their artists. I guess many wannabe stars would have had it easy if Michael Jackson had not made his appearance. For a man who was pushed into his career by his father at a very very early age, he did remarkably well.

Show me one person from my generation who has not at some time sat open-mouthed, idolising the man dancing and singing away on-screen. A few months ago I went through as many music videos of his as I could find on youtube with a frnd. And we wondered where the man had vanished. How bad he had it that a complete part of the world had forgotten his undeniable contribution to Music and Dance and Performance and instead cared only about his looks, his estate, his lawyers. MJ was not a media man. He was good at what his job was - making music. Not exactly a sweet talker to a talk show host.

Upon the news of his death, I was surprised, yet in a way relieved. Michael Jackson did not deserve to live as thoughtless and respect-less life as he had been living. For all his hard work, his fights for causes, and his talent, he had to give everything up, one by one. I never thought Ill write a Eulogy for him (for anyone in fact) but here I am, dedicating a whole post to Michael Jackson. The hearthrob of so many girls my generation and older and younger, and as many men. May his music be remembered, his dancing be remembered, and not the latter 25% of his life. One thing however, is for sure. With Michael Jackson, there has never been moderation. Super success and a Super downfall. The downfall was personal, the success touched everybody who cared to be touched. May the success be remembered. A frnd of mine mentioned had he died while performing, he would have been more legendary. I however  think the man deserved a quiet respectable death, and he got it.

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( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
26th Jun, 2009 19:49 (UTC)
tribute to MJ. :(. Even in death, his name is made money of. The same media who hounded and condemned him earlier are singing Paeons.. I guess in death everyone sings your name.. :/
I will remember him, as the one who introduced me and so many millions more to english music.
Beat it..billie jean,Bad,Man in the mirror, Thriller.. so many number one hits. 750million records.. and i dare say the most famous person in the world.
27th Jun, 2009 10:19 (UTC)
It's like a giant has toppled..
He was a top notch performer right from childhood, and yes, I still have the old cassette tape of Thriller that somehow seemed to be always there.
29th Jun, 2009 06:12 (UTC)
Rest in Peace - MJ.
MJ was the first english song / video i heard/listended/ tried to follow. I dont know what I should say but one thing which is definite is that he is a great example of the tragedy that is life. And for that I respect him. He was a genius, a marvelous performer. I would still stop and enjoy his songs/ dance when I am flipping through the channels. And I would still go to youtube to watch the videos. I did not intended this comment on a sad tone but thats how it is shaping up, and I think MJ deserves a bit of sadness, after all he spent countless hours in performance which made us jubilant while watching him.
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