I posted these two entries on my FaceBook recently, in response to something I’ve believed for quite some time – the difference between how western culture treats treats the idea of growing older versus how eastern culture perceives it. And it all started with a video of three “old” guys dancing, the choreography done by a gentleman of whom I had never heard, but apparently quite famous – Bob Fosse. Apparently, Fosse’s moves for the song “sssssSnake in the Grass” from the 1974 film “Little Prince” provided the inspiration ten years later for Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. Fosse was the snake in the movie; in real life, he learned “It is only with the heart one can see clearly. That which is essential is invisible to the eyes.” Nearly 60 years old in the “Little Prince”, he could sure move and it’s not surprising that MJ was inspired.
FaceBook Post #1: Age is but a collection of candles on a cake. Youth is but a mindset. No matter how “old” we get, we choose to remain “young”, or not.
I feel in our country, iconic birthdays are 18, 21, and 30 whereas on the other side of the planet, increase in age is equated with wisdom and experience, and the birthday they celebrate is 60.
FaceBook Post #2: Age is but a number only! I like to think I know a lot of things about music, but was happy to learn something new introduced to me by Yuru Guru yesterday. Michael Jackson is and will forever be considered one of the greatest artists of all time. This is from a 1974 movie where a near 60-year-old Bob Fosse gave us moves that would precursor MJ in “Billie Jean”, ten years before the song ever came out. Incredible.
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