Sunday 24 February 2013

Be Sure To Wake Up

This has to be a pretty quick one tonight. I fell behind in doing some tidying, have felt pretty sick for most of the day and got caught up in the Oscar presentations.

I was driving home the other day and Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It” came on the radio. Ever since the first time I heard it in 1982, I just can’t stop my toes from tapping whenever it comes on. Sure, it is a stretch to think of Michael as a peacemaker on the mean streets of Los Angeles or New York. In real life he would have had his pasty white face pounded into a pulp. Was he white then or was he still black in 1982?

That doesn’t matter, what matters is that the guy was a genius. I didn’t really think so at the time, but over the years his music does have the staying power of what I consider to be classic songs. Like anyone ever listens to me.

When I was riding in the car listening to Michael, the words I was singing were from Weird Al Yankovic’s take off “Eat It”. I’m not sure why, but every time I hear “Beat It”, I sing “├łat It”. I can’t be the only one. Do I credit Michael for another classic or Weird Al? I wonder how much Weird Al made from “Eat It” and whether Michael got a piece of it?

Like I said, it’s a short Blog tonight. Sleep well and be sure to wake up.

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