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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