You Know Its Thriller...
I think it might be hard for anyone to not have memories of Michael Jackson... and when I say memories, I mean mixed memories at best.
He was a talented musician and one who left a legacy of music as well as a legacy of crazy antics from his personal life. There are some things that seem to bubble up from his personal life that should not be overlooked or dismissed, however, at this moment all I can think of is growing up with Michael Jackson even though I didn't know him personally.
Michael Jackson's Thriller was released in 1982. I was just over three years old at the time. My sister is eleven years older than me. She was the original MTV generation. MTV was her life's blood. MTV was her culture and in 1982, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was not just a music video -- it was an epic mini-musical that changed the way many people looked at Jackson not just as a performer but as a musical force. He created a space for creativity in MTV and in music videos and in music entertainment that had not even been dreamed of by so many.
At 3 years old, nothing scared me more than "Thriller." I have vivid memories of my sister "torturing" me by pinning me down on the ground and forcing me to watch "Thriller" while I would try and kick and scream... all the while she would just laugh.
Today, we laugh at this together. It is amazing to think that Thriller used to scare me so much. Something that now I have such an amazing respect for... something that I can't help but think of when I think of the evolution of the music video.
Michael Jackson was an interesting character, this can't be denied.
I don't know a single person that can't help but smile when a Jackson 5 song comes on.
"A-B-C. It's easy as 1-2-3."
I don't know a single person who doesn't know that "Billie Jean was not his lover... she was just a girl who thinks that he was the one."
I don't know a single person who doesn't "wanna be startin' somethin'"
I can wax poetic on this subject, but I tip my hat to Michael Jackson because of the music he has left us with. Music that has been a part of my parents' lives, my sister's life, my life and the generation that comes after me. Music that will always be there, garnering new fans.... and one day, when "Thriller" plays on an oldies station... I will say, I remember when.
I remember when Michael Jackson...