My town has terrible radio stations that play the same old boring playlists. When I’m in my car I go ahead and torture myself by relying on the local stations to provide me with something good. And since I can control the radio on my steering wheel, I end up surfing non-stop. (I’m an annoying tv/radio surfer and proouud of it.)
Every once in a while on a cold night, I can pick up far away radio stations. As I get a little closer to Louisiana, I pick up cajun and jazz stations. As I get closer to Houston, I pick up really good rap and rock stations.
The other night I was going next door to visit my best friends. They’re only about 2 acres away but I decided to drive so I wouldn’t have to be in the cold for too long. Not sure where this station is from but I endured the static of 102.9 just to see what song they’d play next. That night, it was Michael Jackson.
I find it interesting how certain events or details in our lives are impossible to forget. Most people remember where they were when they heard the news of his death. I was in college working at a call center. One morning I got to work and received the news that Michael AND Farrah had died. I felt so impacted by it then, and still am today. Michael sure did have an affect on human nature. Starting back when he was that cute kid singing, “Look over your shoulder honey.”
Sadly, Michael always had all that controversy that went with him and somehow, I was always transfixed. I’m not really a star struck kind of person but I loved Michael and I always felt like he was just so wounded that he didn’t actually mean any harm to anyone. Was it just human nature that made everyone so curious about him?
Anyway, aside from all that, his talent was so amazing. The way he moved. They way he controlled his vocal range. His music videos set the standard for all music videos. Even that strange glove and screaming while grabbing his crotch. It was awesome.
If They Say Why, Why . . .
I’ve been enjoying this underplayed song of his from the 80’s, Human Nature. It’s so beautiful. His voice is so breathy through the whole thing and I think it really highlights his vocal range and control. I’ve been hooked memorizing the words and immersing myself in the music and dissecting every part of it. If you like doing that too, then I highly recommend that you treat your ears and your soul to this hit.
This video from July 16, 1988 is a good one. I love towards the end when he lets the audience sing. His signature movements, his pelvic thrusts, his interaction with the audience, and his inflection of the word, “girl,” and everything else beautifully portrays the sentiment behind human nature. I’m reminded of what I heard in an interview that the woman in the short film, “The Way You Make me Feel,” was so nervous flirting with Michael and that he was nervous too.
I checked out wikipedia and learned that Human Nature was written by Steve Porcaro and on Michael’s Thriller album. Apparently inspired by his daughter and the weird way boys show they like girls. He ended up explaining to her that it’s human nature.
I hope you immerse yourself in this song and I hope that you also spend some time thinking about the nature of humans. Maybe you’re reminded like I was, of someone who made you feel the way this song feels.