New Video: There Must be More to Life than This

Willa:  Lisha McDuff recently shared with me a new video for the Freddie Mercury / Michael Jackson collaboration, “There Must be More to Life than This.” Directed by Dave LaChapelle and starring Sergei Polunin and Jessica Gomes, the video makes a powerful statement against the horrible human cost of war. Here’s an informative post Damien Shields wrote about it, and here’s the video:

Note: If that clip doesn’t work, you can also watch the video here on Dave LaChapelle’s website.




About Dancing with the Elephant contributors

Joie Collins is a founding member of the Michael Jackson Fan Club (MJFC). She has written extensively for MJFC, helping to create the original website back in 1999 and overseeing both the News and History sections of the website. Over the years she conducted numerous interviews on behalf of MJFC and also directed correspondence for the club. She also had the great fortune to be a guest at Neverland. She has been a Michael Jackson fan since she was three years old. Lisha McDuff is a classically trained professional musician who for 30 years made her living as a flutist, performing in orchestras and for major theatrical touring productions. Her passion for popular musicology led her to temporarily leave the orchestra pit and in June 2013 she received a Master’s degree in Popular Music Studies from the University of Liverpool. She’s continuing her studies at McMaster University, where she is working on a major research project about Michael Jackson, with Susan Fast as her director. Willa Stillwater is the author of M Poetica: Michael Jackson's Art of Connection and Defiance and "Rereading Michael Jackson," an article that summarizes some of the central ideas of M Poetica. She has a Ph.D. in English literature, and her doctoral research focused on the ways in which cultural narratives (such as racism) are made real for us by being "written" on our bodies. She sees this concept as an important element of Michael Jackson's work, part of what he called social conditioning. She has been a Michael Jackson fan since she was nine years old.

Posted on May 21, 2015, in Michael Jackson and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. honestly i dont like it, the song is pretty good and everything but i really want to see a music video for she drives me wild or whatever happens if anyone can do that
    i found this tribute to mj –

    they did a lot of work but it seems they have only got like 50 thousand views that’s kind of sad…

    • Thanks for sharing that link, kittuandme. I look forward to watching it.

      I have to say, I think the Dave LaChapelle video is very well done. In some ways it reminds me of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. Interestingly enough, The Twilight Zone (one of Michael Jackson’s favorite programs) purchased the rights to broadcast the film and showed it as a Twilight Zone episode – the only time they ever did that. Here’s An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge as shown on The Twilight Zone:

  2. I love you Michael!

    • Hi Lisha. Thanks for sharing these links to Annemarie Latour’s blog. I really enjoyed gaining new insights into LaChapelle’s work.

      You know, Jeff Koons uses kitsch quite a bit also, like in his statue, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, and because of that there’s an irony to it that feels like kind of a putdown, frankly. For example, if someone paints a portrait of a famous person on black velvet and hangs it in an art gallery, is it a sincere tribute or not? Is it really fine art or not? Here’s Koon’s Michael Jackson and Bubbles, and to be honest I find it pretty unsettling:

      I love the fact that both Koons and LaChapelle force us to question our ideas about art, but there’s a sincerity to LaChapelle’s work that I deeply appreciate. For example, he obviously respects Michael Jackson’s art and cultural position (he even has the word “Michael” tattooed on his finger like a wedding band – I learned that from one of your links, Lisha) and he has compassion for the suffering he went through. So when he paints him as a modern day martyr, it feels both kitschy and honest. Susan Woodward touched on this a bit in a post we did in December, and it includes LaChapelle’s painting, Archangel Michael: And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer.

      In the second post you link to, Latour shows the visual connection between Michelangelo’s Pieta, LaChapelle’s American Jesus: Hold Me Carry Me Boldly, and the woodland death scene in the new video, and I thought her side-by-side comparison of those were really striking. Here’s that image:

      Thank you again for sharing these, Lisha!

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