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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Death of a King

I was amazed to flip through channels yesterday and pause on MTV. They were showing music videos. Gasp. This has not been done since I was a child. Apparently, it takes the death of the King of Pop for MTV to find its roots.

One of my earliest television memories involves sitting around the television catching Kids Incorporated on Saturday mornings and flipping over to MTV to watch the Thriller video. We had cable, but certain channels were off limits. (Hi, Mom!) I'm sure I would have gotten into lots of trouble at the age of 6 or 7 watching MTV in our house. (My in-laws, who are missionaries, must have allowed MTV at their house because Mr. Bean recognized nearly all the music videos we watched last night as soon as the opening scenes began.) The zombies always scared me a bit, so I never watched the whole thing. Last night it was on television and I watched it in its entirety with Mr. Bean. I laughed at how well zombies dance and how un-scary it is. Perspective is everything I guess.

I had two friends who lived on my block as a kid: Brooke and Amber. I remember sitting in my front yard singing with them Bad and the Weird Al version Fat. Those were the days. Of course we didn't hear the song that often, so we didn't know the verses, just the choruses. I think we also became blood sisters back then. Oh, the 80s. A magical time indeed.

Recently, I taught a 2nd grade class. One little boy, Robert, had a keen interest in karaoke. His favorite song to sing? Billie Jean.

I won't even pretend to be a connoisseur of Michael Jackson or even know very many of his songs (lets face it, if it wasn't on Bad or Thriller, we're lucky if I have even heard of it). I'll leave that honor to my sister-in-law and my husband.

Be prepared for snide remarks from Filbert who is not a fan of MJ. Tsk, tsk. How can he be part of Generation X?!

5 comments:

Madge said...

the year Thriller came out i went home for spring break with a high school friend (it was a boarding school) and we sat in her grandma's living room ALL DAY waiting for Thriller to come on MTV. it was one of the best days of my life. i should blog about it.....

Kristin said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

I wasn't really a fan of MJ back then either, but I can see how he made a huge impact on dance and music.

Filbert said...

I jumped from The Monkees and The Beach Boys into Van Halen and Def Leopard. Michael was just, well, what was that web site Mr. Bean was talking about creating last night...

mrsbuckett said...

K I D S ooooohhhh looks like we made it to kids incorporated. My sister and I used to watch that all the time too. Good memories.

Kameron said...

Kids Incorporated! K-I-D-S! Sorry, I just had a flashback and I can't believe I can remember that song! Thanks for coming by to make a guess at baby day giveaway!