Michael JacksonI never liked Michael Jackson. I acknowledged him, occasionally enjoyed him, but if you were at university in the 80´s he was shoved down your throat. Way too overplayed. MTV was already big and those of us who were not fans thought Michael Jackson was produced. A follower, not a leader.

Fast forward 2010. I am on a flight Madrid – Paris. Turn my MacBook on, put on the noise canceling headphones and start watching “This is It“. Everything changes. I see the genius. It took a documentary for me to realize that Michael Jackson may have been overplayed, may have had his dark side, but as a musician/dancer there was nobody like him.

In “This is It” you realize that Michael Jackson is the REAL song writer, actor, choreographer, dancer, singer: he is all those things and more. Plus, in 2009, before his death, he still had it. Watch the documentary. It’s worth it.

I greatly enjoyed it and I also want to thank my daughter Alexa, who, as a dancer, took part in the Union Square launch of “This is It”, the DVD. It’s great that the production invited her and her Columbia University dance group to participate of the live performance.

Today, for the first time, I am truly sorry that Michael Jackson is dead.

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juan on May 14, 2010  · 

martin, haven’t seen the movie yet, but i guess you’ll like the video of “man in the mirror”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9lq8oaK5Mw , besides the images and his incredible performance, try to listen to the lyrics, you’ll love it =)

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Roberto on May 14, 2010  · 

I second that. My wife Nina loves Michael Jackson while I had my issues.
We both saw the movie a few weeks ago and yes, the man was definitely a genius. With all the side effects of genius.

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Fabricio on May 15, 2010  · 

I know exactly what you mean. The day after he died I was in Hollywood and all the stores around his star were playing his live concerts. I was amazed in how talented he was and how little attention I paid to his work when he was alive. He was really an icon and n nobody can do what he did dancing. I never thought I would write a comment about Michael Jackson and here I am admitting I oversaw his talent.

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Victor Suarez on May 15, 2010  · 

Michael Jackson también fué inventor, inventó y patentó unos zapatos para hacer una coreografía en la que parece que la gravedad no opera como tal: http://bit.ly/oB0dZ [CrunchGear]
Descubrí esto porque también me interesa la invención. Aprovecho para contarte: tengo una patente de una tecnología multitouch http://bit.ly/c2A7Tc [El Cronista Comercial] cuando termine mi Business Plan te lo paso, me agradaría recibir tu opinión.

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