Was Michael Jackson Really Bad? By Emily Smart

A Moonwalk Down Memory Lane There’s been something of a Michael Jackson Renaissance in this house of late, as the kids have discovered the man in the mirror via YouTube. Hours are spent watching the creative genius moonwalk and dance his way through endless pop videos, from Blame it On the Boogie to Black or White. They love him. My eldest – just about to turn eight – daughter announced this morning, “You know Mum, I’m not so worried about death, ‘cos I’ll get to meet Michael Jackson.” Possibly one of the… Read More

Jacques Brel Rediscovered by Angela Caldin

It was in Auckland Town Hall of all places that I rediscovered the brilliant performer that was Jacques Brel. In the sixties, I used to listen transfixed to his wonderful numbers, ranging from powerful love songs to deeply felt commentaries on the wrongs of society. In Auckland, four excellent singers – two women, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Julia Deans, and two men, Tama Waipara and Jon Toogood – performed many of his most popular songs, some in French and some in English, holding the audience at the town hall enthralled for a good… Read More