This Week, I’m Mostly Obsessed With……Michael Jackson

Forgive me. I know that this blog is about gigs but I really want to talk to you about a show I saw recently. Stick with me as this is the reason I’m playing MJ’s back catalogue on repeat this week.

I went to see Thriller Live: a show all about MJ’s huge hits and most captivating dance routines. Now I know that it wasn’t a gig and therefore doesn’t have a place in this blog – so I’m not going to review it or make any comment on the actual show. The reason I want to talk about it is because it reminded me of the vast amount of work that MJ has to offer.

Sifting through Spotify after the show, I was reminded of hit after hit and now I can’t stop playing them! My favourite MJ tracks have always been ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’. Even as a kid, I would sing along and practice the moves (I now realise I wasn’t ever going to be able to do the Smooth Criminal ‘lean’ – it’s much more than just practice! For those of you who don’t know how it’s done, you can find spoilers here).

A couple of years ago, I went to see ‘One’ in Vegas – a Cirque Du Soleil show which put a totally different spin on his music and made me think of how excited I was at seeing his actual hat from the Smooth Criminal video in Cairo’s Hard Rock Café. He’s one of the artists that I wish I’d had a chance to see live.

After the show had finished, I felt like I’d fell in love with MJ’s music all over again, and Thriller Live made me feel exactly the same.

I’m off to dig out my glove and hat, I’ll be moonwalking before you know it.

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This Week, I’m Mostly Obsessed With..’The Way You Used To Do’

Since going to the Queens of the Stone Age gig recently, this song has been bouncing around my head with no signs of disappearing. I can’t describe how perfect this song is: amazing lyrics and that rhythm just grabs you and rockets you into a groove that’s hard to let go of. I’m finding myself humming throughout the day and turning it up in the car whenever I have a chance. As soon as the music starts, I can’t help turning up the collar on my (imaginary) leather jacket and building an extra swagger into my step – it’s pure rebellion packaged in a song. I just can’t hear it without dancing along – switch it on, turn it up and make your body move!

Which song never fails to get you moving? Let me know in the comments!

This Week I’m Mostly Obsessed With…Radioactive

This song is epic. Yes I know it’s been out for ages – but that’s the way I work. Often I’ll hear a song first time and not really be that interested. Then bam, all of a sudden, it slams back into my consciousness and I can’t stop pressing repeat. That’s what happened with Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. It makes me think of explosions, power and surviving anything – it’s become one of my ‘go to’ songs when I need a little boost. It’s perfect for shaking off the dust and pushing forward with something new.

You can watch the video and hear the song here.

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