Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson to me...

Andy Warhol

I was a child of the 80's. I wore jellies, played Atari and adored Michael Jackson. Yes, back then he was a heartthrob for tweens like myself and a roll model for how to be cool. No one could pull off the Jheri curl like him. Although, a few tried.
We all wanted to dance like Mike. He was the standard by which dancing ability was measured. Who didn't try to moonwalk or do his signature tip-toe move?
If you were fortunate enough to have seen Michael Jackson in concert, you had bragging rights for life and quite possibly your children's lives. I never got to see Michael Jackson in person, but I remember watching the Motown 25 performance over and over again, marveling at this figure who seemed to defy physical laws that the rest of us were prisoner to.
During a decade of outrageous fashion, Michael Jackson definitely made his mark. Taking a page from the book of 1950's teenagers, he made too-short pants and white socks with dress shoes cool. And how about jackets; rolled-up sleeves and gaudy decorations of what appeared to be military regalia. Mysterious shades always had to be part of the ensemble and a fedora just added to the coolness factor. And I'd be remiss, if I didn't mention the infamous glove.
And who could forget the Pepsi commercials? Only Michael Jackson could have pulled off the mini movie that had us glued to our TVs.
For me, Michael Jackson defined the 80's. Few, if any, have had the cross-over appeal he had. Drawing audiences from rural Africa to Beverley Hills. He will be missed, but his imprint on pop culture is here to stay.

1 comment:

  1. You are a great artist and so was Michael Jackson. It is a shame it is so difficult to make it in the art world because you definitely have talent. I wish you all the luck with your career as an artist.