Michael Jackson

Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the
dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the
dance lives on. On many an occasion, when I am dancing, I have felt touched by
something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with
everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and
the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the
slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I
keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The creator and
the creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing. . . until there
is only. . .the dance. (Jackson 1992, 2) Artists have a special communion with
the creative forces of the universe. Regardless of the medium of expression
used, artists utilize creative energies to produce works of art, beauty and
power for humanity to witness. This is evident in paintings, sculptures, films
and other forms, but it is universally expressed and appreciated through music
and dance. When an artist focuses on both of these forms, the rhythm flows from
his heart to the rest of his body until he becomes the rhythm itself. This can
be seen in the life of Michael Jackson. His forms of creative expression cannot
be confined to categories, styles, or mediums. He is his own art, and messages
are his mediums. Great artists are not exempt from the slings and arrows of
fortune, and Michael Jackson is no exception. Fame and popularity have prices
one must pay, and to maintain the glitter of glamour, one must compete for the
limelight. Despite his infamy, Michael Jackson continues to attract audiences
and impart inspiring messages through his music. Katherine and Joe Jackson were
married on November 5, 1940, under the Jehovah’s Witness faith, They soon
began to raise their family in a quiet little city called Gary, Indiana. Nine
years later, their seventh son, Michael Joseph, was born on the 29th of August.

Being musically inclined, Katherine and Joe shared their talents among their
nine children. The Jackson children soon began to sing at the church choir and
perform at school programs and town pageants. Michael, who began studying at

Garnett Elementary School already was winning various talents contests at the
age of five. A few months later, his older brothers formed a band and decided to
entere various talent searches and amateur contests. It was only a few years
later that Michael joined his brothers to form The Jackson Five. Joe Jackson
arranged for The Jackson Five to perform at small clubhouses for a few bucks a
night. Their talents did not go unnoticed. After being discovered, The Jackson

Five released their first single in 1968. In that same year, they released their
second single. Due to its success, they performed in the same shows as The

Supremes, James Brown and Sammy Davis, Jr. After a number of performances, The

Jackson Five signed a contract with Motown Records. I Want You Back / Who’s

Loving You, their debut single with Motown, sold two million copies in six weeks
and earned them their first gold record. As a result, The Jackson Five was
invited to appear on various television shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The

Johnny Carson Show, The Sonny and Cher Show and Soul Train. In 1970, The Jackson

Five released their first long playing album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson

Five. This album topped the charts in both England and America. In the
mid-seventies, The Jackson Five Show aired on television and their albums
continued to earn gold records. Wanting to have his own career, Michael Jackson
left his brothers and began recording on his own. Having been the front man for

The Jackson Five for many years, Jackson’s separation from the group caused
their album and concert sales to decline. Michael’s first solo album, Off the

Wall, turned out to be a success along with the singles She’s Out of My Life
and Rock with You. Off the Wall broke records and sold twelve million copies
worldwide. Jackson continued to outdo himself with the victory of his following
albums: Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory Past, Present and Future Book I and

Blood on the Dance Floor. Michael Jackson’s success has not only generated
more contracts and more popularity, but also a number of world records, awards
and accomplishments that no individual recording artist has ever received all
together. In February 1981, the