"Our first world-tour had focused our interest in uniting people, all the races through music."
"music is color-blind"
~ Michael Jackson, quoted from Moon Walk, Michael Jackson's One & Only Autobiography, His Life, in His Words
In my travels around You Tube, I watched some videos showing that Michael Jackson was not the first performer to do the street dance, Moon Walk, in front of an audience. Yet, he sort-of takes credit for it. Or maybe he claimed credit for popularizing the dance. I am not sure if he was the first to perform a robot dance in front of a crowd.
After finishing the book last night, I did a search and got to watch that Soul Train episode when the Jackson's performed Dancing Machine and Michael Robot danced a bit across the stage. Maybe I saw it when it first aired; Soul Train was a fav TV show at that time.
The quote reminded me of Stevie Wonder's song, Sir Duke. Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand, with an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance and clap their hands. Living in Long Beach, California, I get to see unity through music, if even it is only for the duration of songs or concerts. Ethnicity does not matter when people are all dancing, clapping, singing along to the same tune ~ with an equal disregard as to performers' backgrounds.
As theysay, its all good. We need more world politicians uniting citizens of the world through the power of love music, not fostering hatred of anything not us.