Friday, March 27, 2009

Music and dance

Lately everytime I turn on the radio there will be a Michael Jackson song on. Usually Billie Jean. I think of Billie Jean as my favourite Michael Jackson song, but listening to it twice a day over the last week has made it slightly irritating. When I was younger, I wasn't all cool and into popular music like my other friends. I didn't get into Michael Jackson or Madonna or New Kids on the Block or whoever was popular. No, for a long time, My Girl by The Temptations was my favourite song ever. I like 50s music and Motown. But I hated not fitting in, hated being left out of conversations because I didn't know a particular band or artist. So I adopted Billie Jean as my 'favourite.' Is that sad? I do really like the song. I also like Thriller quite a lot and other songs you can dance to.

Today, I heard The Way You Make Me Feel and it brought a smile to my face. The reason? It reminds me of one of my favourite films ever... Center Stage. Yes, I just admitted to that. Here's my embarrasing confession: I adore cheesy dancing movies. I don't care what kind, but if there's dancing in it, I'll usually watch it. From Dirty Dancing to hip-hop/ballet in Save the Last Dance to ball-room dancing in Shall We Dance? (I've never seen Strictly Ballroom though!) There was that terrible film with Jessica Alba, Honey - loved it. Step Up? It was such a guilty pleasure watching that.

But Center Stage is my favourite. There's something about ballet that just fills a hole in my heart that I didn't know existed. And at the end of the movie is a huge dance sequence that features The Way You Make Me Feel. To be honest, when I first heard it, I didn't even realise it was a song by Michael Jackson.

What's your guilty pleasure?
What's the cheesiest film that you love and couldn't live without? What's your favourite Michael Jackson song? What have you lied about to fit in?


  1. My favorite Michael Jackson song is Thriller. My favorite cheesy movie is "Cutting Edge." I don't know why -- I just love that movie!

  2. My favourite Michael Jackson song has to be Human Nature - I could listen to that over and over again. I love cheesy dance movies - they are just fabulous. My favourite would have to be Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt.
    Guilty pleasure would have to be wine as it is so fattening!

  3. mj song: rock with you (it's just sooo catchy!)

    cheddar movie: 13 going on 30 (i'm a sap...what can i say?)

  4. The Jacksons rather than Michael, but I can't hear Can You Feel It? without smiling.

    Cheesy movie? Ghost. But I too love any film with dancing in.

    (The Thriller scene from 13 Going On 30 combines the two!)


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