I just spent my time looking over some of Michael Jackson’s video and to add to the chorus, he’s definitely up there in the stars.
My favorites videos are Remember the Time, the whole Egyptian theme gets me all the time. It’s always strange to see MJ interact with women, it always seem so awkward, I think it’s because he was so shy.
The imagery he evokes in his music and videos are just out of this world. Stranger in Moscow with the Black and White and the rain, just bring out the struggle to find yourself in a world that seems so lonely. In you are not alone he starts the video with him walking alone past the paparazzi and the cameras are flashing with him looking oh so sad. I honestly believe that Michael was a lonely man. I enjoy Liberian girl, with all the celebrities, it’s just out of here, especially with him making fun of all the stars, how important they think they are. The child that is trapped in him always comes out.
One of my favorites for content and video is “They don’t care about us” filmed in Brazil, the drums beating, the harmony, the colors (I love that red shirt I want one), the way it’s performed, below the beat! The message is more intriguing.
Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, Sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, kike me
Don't you black or white me
Weather skin disease or skin bleach, although he embraced all cultures of the world, his African-ness was still alive although he wished not to be defined by it. The same message was echoed in “Black or White. He incorporated dances from all around the world in 1 video. I especially liked the Indian woman and him in the streets.
Can’t forget “You rock my world”, his character reminds me of Jim Carey in the Mask. He’s always fusing different cultural elements in his work. I believe to some extent he was very academic about his music. For instance we see Chris Tucker is used in this video, it could almost be an off shoot of Rush Hour with the Chinese element and Chris seems to be a big MJ fan from him doing the musical number in the movie. How brilliant was making all the sounds of the movement of the life of the club coincide with the beat of the song. I loved that.
The best dance move for me was the extended spin and the lean, whenever I see it I’m still amazed. His best look for me is his “Don’t stop til you get enough” video look. That was when he was a handsome young man.
Thriller scared the scrap out of me when I was younger, but I couldn’t stop watching it. The man, the legend, the rumors. No other what they say about him, there will not come another like him in my lifetime. It’s so sad it came as such a price to his emotional balance. There’s so much to say good and bad, but only God will be the final judge of a man. Rest in Peace.