Take 5 Friday: Be King For A Day

Friday, July 3, 2009

A special Take 5 Friday...5 favored Michael Jackson live performances.

1. Man In The Mirror (1988 Grammys): POWER. Just unabashed power. Michael takes it to a higher level with this performance, and to me, the music just embodies him and it's truly electrifying. Plus, who else could get away with jumping like a damn grasshopper on stage? Only Michael.

2. Billie Jean (Motown 25): Iconic in the sense that this was Michael's debut of the famous Moonwalk dance and the beginning of him becoming a music legend. Sparkly socks and the infamous glove make appearances as well.

3. Human Nature (Bad Tour): *sigh* If this song couldn't get even more beautiful, Michael had to go and be all emotional, sweaty, and ad-libbing the mess out of this. Perfection personified.

4. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (w/Siedah Garrett)(Dangerous Tour): Singer/songwriter, Siedah Garrett was gypped of a bigger solo career back in the late 80's and early 90's. She has an impressive range and it fits right alongside Michael's for this romantic exchange of lyrics. Yes, this song brings on the Cheese-Wiz with string cheese on the side, but you know what, this is the kind of duet that is non-existent nowadays so soak up this moment of awesomeness.

5. Smooth Criminal (Dangerous Tour): Remember when Michael turned into that black panther at the end of the original "Black and White" video? Well, that wasn't a special effect, folks, Michael Jackson has been duping us for years that he in fact has powers to do some shape shifting, cause he's that bad ass. The panther comes out in this performance and it's fierce. This performance is so crisp, it's a Pringle chip.

1 comment:

  1. These are some AMAZING performances. Thanks so much for posting. I really enjoyed watching these videos of MJ


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