Will The Real Michael Jackson…by Tyler Woods on Feb. 02, 2010, under Life
What Did and Didn’t You Like About MJ?
I was talking to someone yesterday and they asked me if I watched the Grammy’s. I smiled and said they must not have read my Colum and that I was not going to watch the Grammy’s. They began to talk about the tribute to Michael Jackson and how his children spoke for him accepting an award. Then they asked the question, you know that question, the one you hope no real Jackson fan asks…do you like Michael Jackson? And as you know, it got me thinking…
It all depends which Michael Jackson we’re talking about. As a young kid I think I liked Michael Jackson. We were the same age born the same year and we had one thing in common; we loved to play and sing music. Lucky that the Jacksons were discovered so we could sing and dance to their early tunes. In 1968 there was an audition with Barry Gordy of Motown and yep the rest is “pre-history.”
I say that because Jackson has two histories the young one and then the older one when things got pretty weird. He and his brothers hit the charts running with great hits like “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There”. I think one of my more favorites was “Ben” there was just something about that song that choked me up. I learned it on guitar and used to do an acoustic version.
In my day, the Jackson Five was all that and more. Their competition was a group of Mormon boys called The Osmond’s. I recall their cartoons as a kid and watching them. I am unsure but back then if you were a hit, you had a series of some sort be it cartoons or show. The Monkee’s had a TV show, The Beatles had a cartoon and here we go with the Jackson cartoon series and even the Osmond Brothers got in on the action and had cartoons. Yep, they were big alright but I caught myself out growing the pop scene and getting into rock and roll. In fact, I was just happy having MJ as a childhood person that made me want to sing some of his songs.
Then Jackson decided to resurrect himself. In 1977 the year after I graduated Jackson did his first solo album. For the most part it went ignored by me it was too pop for this rock and roller. But he caught my attention in 1982 with Thriller. It was actually not only interesting but he showed what a genius he was.
I suppose that is when the second Michael Jackson came in. The one I would like to forget. The one that had so much plastic surgery that he was falling apart and was barely recognizable from what he used to be. People loved Michael Jackson, too bad he didn’t love himself the way the public once did.
Neverland, hanging out with chimps and young children and a sense of real inner madness made the original Michael Jackson seem like something from the distant past. What we were exposed to was a talented person but the man behind all the plastic surgeries was difficult to reconcile.
I never owned a Jackson album but I can sing all the Jackson songs I grew up with. I can appreciate a genius when I see and hear one. That is what MJ was. A pure genius and the very creative mind that made him, was also the same mind that killed him. I miss the Jackson I grew up with and feel sorry for the person that died.
UPDATE: The blog title now has two titles. The intent of this article was to talk about what I liked and disliked about Jackson. Since he has been in the news so much with the Grammy’s and the new DVD release.
The blog is about reflections of the young MJ. What did you like and what did you dislike? What was your favorite Jackson song? Did you have one? Mine was Ben. Did you watch the cartoon? What about the Osmonds? Do you remember their cartoons? I forgot they even had cartoons. The Beatles? Did you watch their cartoon? This is not about calling MJ names, it is simply what I remember from a child clear to an adult and my feelings around it. What do you rememeber?