I heard today’s song on satellite radio the other day and decided right then and there, this was going to be the Morning Groove one day. Today is that day.
This song really doesn’t need an introduction. Many of you know it as the first song from Michael Jackson’s classic Off The Wall. For my money, it is the best Michael Jackson album of all time. That’s not to say that Thriller wasn’t great; sales figures will tell you that it is the best-selling album ever. However, I’ll tell anyone who will listen that without Off The Wall, there is no Thriller. Plus, the latter album had a lot of factors in its favor: most prominently MTV and its playing of music videos of Thriller’s hit songs.
Off The Wall signaled that Michael Jackson, solo artist, had arrived fully grown. No more bubblegum soul singles, or songs about rats and covers of classic doo-wop tunes. Nope. Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and others saw to it that Jackson’s solo career would truly begin here, and that he would be more than just a side act to the Jackson 5, or The Jacksons as they were then known. He would be THE act, and the siblings would have to look up higher to him after this.
Plus, as hot as this groove is, you can’t help but move something. I haven’t mentioned dancing on this blog in a long time. Had I not been at work when this song was playing, you can bet that I would have moved something, even for a little while. Perhaps I should have; most wellness advice suggests that people who are sedentary most of the day should move around every so often, right? The six minutes and change this song lasts would have given me quite a workout. However, I don’t think moving to some Michael Jackson is really necessary in an office where your job is to deal with real estate taxes.
Hopefully, wherever you are, you turn this one up and move to it yourself. Play it often and play it loud; and don’t stop ’til you get enough. As always thanks for reading and listening.