Teaching Angels to Moonwalk

Michael Jackson: This is It

I have just seen the movie “Michael Jackson: This is it”, the film of the concert that never was. Anyone who grew up with the music of Michael Jackson should see this.

As a  movie it stands in its own right. It charts the rehearsals at the O2 arena in London, for his series of concerts which were scheduled to take place there in 2009. The music is superb, the dancing and special effects are exceptional, it’s all there, but because this is Michael Jackson, everything is bigger, better more innovative, and special.

The London concerts, had they ever taken place, on the evidence presented here, would surely have been stupendous and a fitting finale to the performing career of the King of Pop. True to form, Michael Jackson had prepared something extraordinary and ground-breaking. Working only with the very best musicians, dancers, choreographers, and dress designers who together, and inspired by him, would have pushed the boundaries of what is possible in a live concert.

It was only whilst watching this film that the finality and permanence of Michael Jackson’s death really struck me. As I watched him perform his trademark moonwalk and robotic dance moves, and heard the voice that I had become so familiar with over the years, I realized that it was all over. For forty years he had been an iconic figure in the world of entertainment, had created some of the best known and best loved music on the planet, and now he was gone forever. And as I watched, I began to cry.

Shedding Tears for a Genius

I cried for his genius here on show for all to admire – but for the last time; I cried for the man, so full of love for the world, but unable to sustain an intimate loving relationship of his own; and I cried for the loss of a unique human being, gifted yet flawed, an adult man who had somehow managed to retain the sincerity and innocence of a child. And I cried because never again will we witness on stage, the genius that was Michael Jackson. Never.

He really was the best. Who else living or dead could match his talents. Even at the age of fifty, his dancing skill took my breath away, his voice still retained its unique melodious timbre, his stage presence and charisma were as powerful as ever. He even wrote a new song especially for the concerts, appropriately entitled, “This is it”.

Michael Jackson: Singer, songwriter, dancer and entertainer extraordinaire, but also a human being with a deep love of humanity, and a profound concern for the planet we inhabit.

If there is a heaven, Michael, you are surely there, and if there are angels in this heaven, I like to think that perhaps you are teaching them to moonwalk.


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S.McLaren 7 years ago

I think he was a very loving person who cared about the world and the people who lived in it , and I think his music and the way he danced impacted alot of people and influence alot of artists as well as dancer , and will always be remembered as the King of Pop .

Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago

That was truly a beautiful tribute to someone we've lost.His music lives on.........

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sannyasinman 7 years ago Author

Myownworld - thanks again for your comment. What a series of concerts they would have been! Yes, he will live on in our hearts and memories . .

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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

A fitting tribute to a great artist! Great title too. Am a huge MJ fan...so you can imagine how much I enjoyed reading this. (I had actually bought tickets for that last show...!) thanks for letting him live on in our memories..!

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merseyblue 7 years ago from Liverpool, UK

Are you kidding me? 104 was my Mum's house!!!!! Freaky :)

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sannyasinman 7 years ago Author

MB -that's where my Grandmother lived also, right opposite the park. 104 Warbreck Moor - perhaps they were neighbours?

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merseyblue 7 years ago from Liverpool, UK

Wow, until my Mum emigrated last year she lived on Warbreck Moor for many years - opposite the park. Small world!

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sannyasinman 7 years ago Author

MB - thanks for the comment. I never saw him live, but after watching the film, I wish that I had. I never knew that he performed at Aintree (we used to live in Warbreck Moor, almost next door to the racecourse). Cherish your memories!

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merseyblue 7 years ago from Liverpool, UK

Great hub and fantastic title - I love it :) I remember watching Michael perform at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool when I was a kid and watching it out my mums bedroom window - goods times :)

RIP Michael x

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sannyasinman 7 years ago Author

Palther - thank your for complete and well-written remark.

itakins - thanks for stopping by.

The Rope - I appreciate you comments. It is only 450 words to pay tribute to a lifetime's contribution.

poetlorraine- glad you enjoyed the hub. I am sure that you will enjoy the movie - it very "moving".

poetlorraine 7 years ago

enjoyed that would love to see the movie

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The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

Palthar took the words right off my keyboard. You did a beautiful job with a controversial figure and left a legacy for him that only enhances his work. Great hub.

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

Hear hear!

Palthar 7 years ago

While to be completely honest I was never much of a Michael Jackson fan, your post does cause me to consider the effect he clearly had on the lives of others. Indisputably if I could in writing match what he did in music I know my work would live forever, even I am sure his shall. Ignoring whatsoever legal strife he had to undergo through his progress he influenced the lives of untold millions in ways both great (such as through charities or direct interaction) to the very small graces of which he was a part (I think here of anyone who ever necked with someone they loved to one of his songs after a prom for example, but more broadly relating to all the little memories for which perhaps he was but the background noise to something much larger, yet he was there in his way and is an element of that memory). To comment directly on the post it is very well written, displaying a proper measure of sentimentality without veering into sappy lugubriosity, and definitely should serve well as a little testament to the life of a man who was a legend, remained so, and likely will continue to transcend mere fact to become a part of American and World mythology and thereby achieve true immortality.

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