Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but thedance lives on. On many an occasion, when I am dancing, I have felt touched bysomething sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one witheverything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover andthe beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished.
I become the master and theslave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. Ikeep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The creator andthe creation merge into one wholeness of joy.
I keep on dancing. . . until thereis only.
. . the dance. (Jackson 1992, 2) Artists have a special communion withthe creative forces of the universe.
Regardless of the medium of expressionused, artists utilize creative energies to produce works of art, beauty andpower for humanity to witness. This is evident in paintings, sculptures, filmsand other forms, but it is universally expressed and appreciated through musicand dance. When an artist focuses on both of these forms, the rhythm flows fromhis heart to the rest of his body until he becomes the rhythm itself. This canbe seen in the life of Michael Jackson Essay.
His forms of creative expression cannotbe confined to categories, styles, or mediums. He is his own art, and messagesare his mediums. Great artists are not exempt from the slings and arrows offortune, and Michael Jackson is no exception. Fame and popularity have pricesone must pay, and to maintain the glitter of glamour, one must compete for thelimelight. Despite his infamy, Michael Jackson continues to attract audiencesand impart inspiring messages through his music. Katherine and Joe Jackson weremarried on November 5, 1940, under the Jehovahs Witness faith, They soonbegan to raise their family in a quiet little city called Gary, Indiana.
Nineyears later, their seventh son, Michael Joseph, was born on the 29th of August. Being musically inclined, Katherine and Joe shared their talents among theirnine children. The Jackson children soon began to sing at the church choir andperform at school programs and town pageants. Michael, who began studying atGarnett Elementary School already was winning various talents contests at theage of five.
A few months later, his older brothers formed a band and decided toentere various talent searches and amateur contests. It was only a few yearslater that Michael joined his brothers to form The Jackson Five. Joe Jacksonarranged for The Jackson Five to perform at small clubhouses for a few bucks anight. Their talents did not go unnoticed.
After being discovered, The JacksonFive released their first single in 1968. In that same year, they released theirsecond single. Due to its success, they performed in the same shows as TheSupremes, James Brown and Sammy Davis, Jr. After a number of performances, TheJackson Five signed a contract with Motown Records.
I Want You Back / WhosLoving You, their debut single with Motown, sold two million copies in six weeksand earned them their first gold record. As a result, The Jackson Five wasinvited to appear on various television shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, TheJohnny Carson Show, The Sonny and Cher Show and Soul Train. In 1970, The JacksonFive released their first long playing album, Diana Ross Presents the JacksonFive. This album topped the charts in both England and America. In themid-seventies, The Jackson Five Show aired on television and their albumscontinued to earn gold records.
Wanting to have his own career, Michael Jacksonleft his brothers and began recording on his own. Having been the front man forThe Jackson Five for many years, Jacksons separation from the group causedtheir album and concert sales to decline. Michaels first solo album, Off theWall, turned out to be a success along with the singles Shes Out of My Lifeand Rock with You. Off the Wall broke records and sold twelve million copiesworldwide. Jackson continued to outdo himself with the victory of his followingalbums: Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory Past, Present and Future Book I andBlood on the Dance Floor.
Michael Jacksons success has not only generatedmore contracts and more popularity, but also a number of world records, .