A remembering MJ 10

25 06 2011

1.  Two years ago today, the King of Pop died.

2.  It is one of those days that I’ll always remember.

3.  Two years ago, I was surprised at the sadness I felt. I’m surprised I still feel that sadness now.

4.  I’m not the crazy-obsessed Michael Jackson fan. I reserve that for Jessica Simpson and Jose Canseco.

5.  But, I’ve always loved his music and his moves.

6.  And, he’s been with me throughout my life. I remember roller skating to his music in the early days, dancing to it at school dances and doing both still today. (Side note: The roller rink floor is a lot farther down than it used to be, and there are all these kids flying by at knee level. YIKES!)

7.  I can’t determine a favorite song. I can’t even think of one I don’t like. Lately, I’ve been jamming to “Human Nature.”

8.  I do have a favorite video: “Smooth Criminal.”

9.  While watching MJ videos today, I found a cool a cappella tribute.

10.  Keep rockin’, MJ!


Top 10 concerts I’d like to see (or see again)*

16 07 2010

1.  MC Hammer: Best. Performance. Ever. Go ahead, laugh. Most people do. I don’t care. Hammer knows how to break it down. His rapping is flawless, and his dancing is insane.

2.  Jessica Simpson: She’s my girl. I’ve seen her in concert once, and it was a magical night. Not only does she have an incredible voice, she really connects with her audience. Her stories about life, love and self-esteem hit home. She comes across as genuine, funny and relatable. On top of that, she’s gorgeous. And she wears great shoes. And designs great shoes for that matter.

This night rocked.

3.  *NSYNC: I love boy bands. And, I’ve always been an *NSYNC kind of girl. I saw Justin Timberlake in concert, and he is fabulous — incredible dancer, great voice, and he even plays the piano. But, I want the synchronized dancing, the harmonies, the coordinated outfits. I want the boy band treatment. Please, *NSYNC, let’s have a reunion! Well, my plea should really just be to Justin since I don’t think the other members have a lot going on at this point. So, let’s do it, JT! Reunion and tour dates!

4.  Willie Nelson: I almost saw Willie once, and then his tax issues hit, and the concert: canceled. Boo! That was many, many years ago, but I still want to see Willie.

5.  Alanis Morissette: She was pre-party music in college. My roommate and I got ready for countless parties while listening to “Jagged Little Pill.” Sometimes the album also became the party. On a Saturday college night not so long ago (OK, who am I kidding?? It was SO long ago), we were all drinking Cinnamon Schnapps and marveling at how lovely everyone’s breath smelled. For further entertainment, we decided to act out “Hand in my Pocket.” It’s amazing how much fun one can have with their hand in their pocket while giving a high-five, flicking a cigarette, giving the peace sign, playing the piano, and hailing a taxicab. Try it sometime after imbibing Cinnamon Schnapps. I guarantee good times … and good breath. That album rocks my world to this day, and I’d love to see Alanis rock in person.

6.  Snoop Dogg: I’m really not sure how this was accomplished, but my first Snoop album came about in high school: Doggystyle. Not being able to watch cartoons because they were too violent or “Friends” because it was inappropriate (or basically any other mainstream TV show or any movies with a rating higher than PG), you can understand that this was quite the feat.  Now, though, I’d like to sip some gin and juice and listen to the rhyme stylings of Snoop … laid back … not freaked out that my parents may find my Snoop stash.

7.  Jay-Z: I think this dude is brilliant. I’d spend my cheese to see H to the Izz-O, V to the Izz-A. And I’d get my damn hands up cause that’s the anthem.

8.  Britney Spears: I will admit, part of the reason is to see if she brings the crazy. But, the other part of me actually really likes Britney. I mean, who doesn’t like some “Hit Me Baby One More Time” more than one time? I know I do.

9.  Tony Bennett: My grandpa liked Tony, so I like Tony. I bet it may be a pretty tame concert, but sometimes, tame is good.

10.  Justin Bieber: Yep. I just typed that. As I may have mentioned, I’m a sucker for sugary pop music. The Bieb delivers this to me. Plus, he’s a pretty sweet dancer. I think the mob of screaming teenage girls that follow him everywhere may be a tad bit annoying, though.

* Note: This list only contains living artists. If I included those not with us on earth anymore, it would include: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Notorious BIG, Tupac, Frank Sinatra, Run DMC and Nirvana.

10 real tears or not?

28 06 2010

1.  Chris Brown did a Michael Jackson melody/tribute at the BET Awards.

2.  I particularly like the “Smooth Criminal” portion. Of course, I always love some “Smooth Criminal.”

3.  Have I ever mentioned that “Smooth Criminal” is a favorite of mine? Why yes, I have.

4.  I think he did a decent job, but no one beats the King of Pop.

5.  Unfortunately, Chris Brown beats his girlfriend. I find it totally despicable and disgusting.

6.  So, the question is: when Chris Brown cries his way through “Man in the Mirror,” is it really for MJ? Or is it for his mistakes, his loss of a career, his luck at getting a gig on the BET Awards, and the fact people are actually applauding him?

7.  I remember Usher crying at MJ’s memorial service after his performance, and everyone claimed it was staged for publicity. But, it seems like Chris Brown needs the publicity WAY more than Usher ever has.

8.  It also seems like Chris Brown is trying to change people’s perception of him from woman beater punk to sensitive, emotional, caring man.

9.  I think that may be a tough sell.

10.   Although, I must admit: he is a great performer (and actor).

10 about MJ — one year later

25 06 2010

1.  June 25 is a day I’ll always remember: the day Michael Jackson died.

2.  I was in Biloxi, Miss., that day last year. I didn’t even hear about his death until late that night. I was consumed by people-watching and drinking Bloody Marys (the most delicious Bloody Marys I’ve ever had, mind you), which are two of my favorite casino games.

3.  Late that night, when I was going to bed, I flipped on the TV (really only because there is a TV in the bedroom of the hotel — a luxury to me). I found what I thought was a documentary on Michael Jackson’s life. Happily, I watched. Unhappily, at the end, the newscaster said, “Michael Jackson, dead at 50.”

4.  Shock and sadness overwhelmed me. Yes, I realize that Michael Jackson was a celebrity that I didn’t know personally. I couldn’t help it, though.

5.  This is the first time I felt real sadness when a celebrity died. I definitely wouldn’t call myself the world’s biggest Michael Jackson fan, although I am definitely a fan. I love his music. It was with me from my early rollerskating days to school dances to now.

6.  As strange as it sounds, Michael Jackson has almost always been a part of my life.

7.  I remember being nine years old and thinking “Bad” was the coolest album ever. And actually, you know what? I still do.

8.  I remember the shock of the “Black or White” video and the countless incidents in his personal life.

9.  And, the man who was with me through all those memories was now gone.

10.  I was angry at Michael Jackson. I was angry at Dr. Conrad Murray. I was angry at all of his enablers. But, most of all, I was sad.

Top 10 Michael Jackson videos

15 06 2010

1. Smooth Criminal

2.  Bad

3.  The Way You Make Me Feel

4.  You Rock My World

5.  Beat It

6.  Black or White

7.  Thriller

8.  Remember the Time

9.  Jam

10.  They Don’t Care About Us

10 about the Bieb

27 04 2010

1.  I finally said this out loud today, so I figured I could admit it on here, too: I like Justin Bieber.

2.  Yes, the kid that sings sugary pop songs with “that hair.”

3.  Yes, the kid whose intended audience is probably at least half my age.

4.  And, I’m OK with it … now.

5.  At first I was slightly embarrassed. But really, I love syrupy sweet pop music. People know this. I can’t resist.

6.  I can’t help it if a 16-year-old heart throb (to tween girls, not me) sings it. I will still like it.

7.  I won’t be joining the tween girls in the near-riot situations when the Bieb is around, but I will enjoy listening to him from afar.

8.  I’m trying to figure out what my favorite song of his is. I think it’s “Baby.” That fact that it features Ludacris doesn’t hurt (he blows my mind — a-ma-zing)…

9.  It makes me reminisce about great pop music artists like Michael Jackson (truly the King), but also great groups like every boy band (N*Sync, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees). I like boys singing pop music.

10.  Girls singing pop music are pretty sweet, too — like Jessica Simpson (of course)! You also can’t beat a good Britney Spears jam.

10 about the Grammys

1 02 2010

1.  The Michael Jackson tribute was pretty cool — even if I didn’t have the required 3D glasses.

2.  Things looked a little fuzzy and had a reddish-bluish tint, but I got the general idea.

3.  None of the performers put quite the amount of emotion that Michael put into “Earth Song,” but it was still pretty good.

4.  The choices to sing it perplexed me a bit: Celine Dion, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood.

5.  I did love seeing Michael’s kids (Prince and Paris) accept his lifetime achievement award. Although I did get teary-eyed when they both said “We love you, daddy.”

6.  I loved Beyonce’s performance. Throwing in Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know” to her “I’m Just a Boy” rocked.

7.  Of course, I will always love Alanis.

8.  Beyonce’s crotch grab while singing “I’m Just a Boy” made me giggle.

9.  I also loved Jay-Z giving Beyonce a standing ovation and smiling proudly. Oh, how I wish someone would be that proud of me sometime.

10.  No standing ovations in the proofreading world unfortunately.