For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge, the very last one in this series, we are asked for “a song that reminds you of yourself.”
Actually, two songs came to mind. One is Paul Simon’s “I Am a Rock,” and the other is Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.”
In the case of Paul Simon’s song, I have always been a kind of aloof, distant person who protects myself from hurt and pain by building walls around me. Perhaps that explains why I blog anonymously. But as in the Michael Jackson song, I have, over the years, taken a good, hard look at myself in the mirror and discovered that I am capable of changing and have changed. I can tear down that protective wall and take the risk of hurt and disappointed for the sake of being more open to and with the people who are most important to me. But, that said, I’m not going to stop blogging anonymously.
So, with that in mind, I’m going to share both songs.
Today’s (day 6) prompt in the 30-Day Song Challenge is “a song that makes you want to dance.” As strange as it may sound, I can’t not get up and start doing the dance routine from Michael Jackson’s “Thiller” video whenever I hear that song.
You see, a number of years ago, my good buddy got married on Halloween night and those of us in the wedding party surprised the newlyweds by performing the “Thriller Dance” at the reception. We were given an instruction sheet with all the moves listed on it, similar to this:And for the two weeks prior to the wedding, we got together about six times to learn the choreography and to practice.
At the night of the reception, the ushers and bridesmaids nonchalantly made our way to the dance floor and the DJ started playing “Thriller.” Everyone else at the reception went completely nuts, including the bride and groom.
And now, years later, I still can’t resist doing the Thriller Dance when I hear this song.
Weird Al Yankovic is one of my favorite performers. He takes popular songs and creates fantastic parody videos of those songs. One of his most popular is “Eat It,” a takeoff of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
But being the word nerd that I am, my favorite Weird Al parody is “Word Crimes,” his parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
So, for your enjoyment, “Word Crimes.”
Also, as a bonus, here’s “Eat It.”
What’s your favorite Weird Al Yankovic parody song? Maybe you can post it in the comments.
Written for my one-word challenge, “parody.”