I loved Michael Jackson.
Everything stopped when his videos came on. From the scary but cool 'Thriller' to the star-studded 'Remember the Time' to 'Scream' featuring his sister Janet Jackson. The videos were always the talk of the bus ride to school. I was mesmerized by his slick and innovative dance moves.
I practiced a lot of them and for a moment, I thought I was Michael Jackson. I could moonwalk and do some of the spins and leg kicks. But I could never get that lean move from the 'Smooth Criminal' video. I think I fell on my face a few times. LOL.
I also had the Michael Jackson doll. I played the Moonwalker video game for SEGA.
But my favorite piece of MJ paraphernalia was his magical microphone.
As a kid, I carried it everywhere I went. I sang the songs from the 'Bad' album the most. My brother loved 'Man in the Mirror.'
I think the microphone gave me super powers. It gave me the confidence that every little kid should have. I was going to be Michael Jackson!! Or so I thought!!
My uncle even videotaped a lot of my performances. Hopefully those tapes remain boxed up. ;-)
Well, the singing thing didn't work out. But I'm happy that I've found that collectible microphone that gave me so much joy as a kid.
I'll probably pick it up today since it is Michael Jackson's birthday. And maybe I'll even use it tomorrow -- to sing Happy Birthday to my mom.
But for now: happy birthday to the King of Pop.