July 7, 2009

In Memory of Michael Jackson

"Thriller" was the very first music video I ever saw. Although I don't remember it (I was just under 2 years old at the time), my dad says I was so frightened that I buried my face in his chest. The choreography of this video was so ahead of its time. I think every dancer, myself included, in the past 3 decades has learned and performed the thriller routine at least once. In many ways, it has become a "classic" dance. I can't help but smile whenever I see it performed. (Do you remember that scene in 13 Going on 30 when Jennifer Gardner leads the cast in the dance? LOVE it!)

I thought today's memorial was a beautiful tribute to the man that he was. For those that knew him personally, the message was clear: he was a a great entertainer with an even bigger heart. They portrayed him as a man who loved his family and friends deeply and worked for unity and peace across the world. More than once, I was surprised to find myself a little teary eyed as I listened to songs and stories about his life. And I completely lost it when his Paris addressed the crowd.

No matter what you thought of Michael Jackson's personal life, there's no denying he was a sensational entertainer. I've heard so many artists in my lifetime mention MJ as their inspiration, but until today's memorial, I don't know that I truly understood the magnitude of his impact on the entertainment industry. He crossed so many genres and influenced so many singers, dancers, producers, directors, etc. Entertainment, as we know it today, is what it is because of MJ.

For someone who struggled to find it in life, I hope that Michael can finally Rest In Peace.

Michael Joseph Jackson (1958-2009)

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