Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Long Live the King! Long Live Love!

I never thought that I'd write a post for Michael Jackson. Not that I think he is un-postworthy, it's just that I know everyone's been writing about him the past few days and are very emotional about his death. I'm not a cold heartless bitch but I didn't think I could give Michael Jackson as much outpouring of emotions as other does. And I don't want to write about him just for the sake of writing about him. I don't write about anything unless I am utterly, greatly, moved.

I do consider him an ICON. Although I'm not that musically inclined, I tried to reach the higher notes of I'll Be There and You Are Not Alone as a kid. And I did, at one point in my life, try to imitate the moonwalk in vain. I mean, who didn't? I'm sure everyone tried to be a Michael Jackson at one point or another. And I'm not just talking about his creative talents.

As a kid, I idolized him and as an adult I tried to understand his actions. Everyone criticized what he's done to his physical appearance - lighter skin, thinner nose, deeper-set eyes and heaven knows what else. We all know it's a plastic surgery that went wrong but maybe (and my guess is just as good as yours) underneath all the facade is just a simple person trying to fit in a crowd - a kid trying so hard to please everyone. Just like me, just like you and just like everyone else.

I remember Michael Jackson, I remember "The Way You Make Me Feel" and I remember him changing the music industry and culture, as well. But what I won't forget, is him being a father (biological or not) who brought his daughter to great tears in his funeral.

At last I could say - I was utterly, greatly, moved.

3 comments:

PRUE HALLIWEL :: OBSERVER OF LIFE said...

i hated MJ... never a fan... did get myself the history album though many years ago all because i am sincerely moved with 'childhood' and 'she's out of my life'... which i appreciate only when i don't see MJ singing it...

honestly, i wish Gary V. follows soon... harhar... that's being a biatch of course...

just that they're worst than OA kasi naman...

i didn't like him... not awed with his moves... not even during my younger days...

but the funeral really did strike my emo-nerves... maybe because before that, i witnessed his life through youtube... and now i know why MJ is MJ...

he was after all just an ordinary person wanting a simple life... but because he had to please and indulge, he tormented his true self...

Retro Manila said...

MJ was hardly significant these past years.

I wasn't a big fan. But I had fond memories of his music.

I remember, I danced to Thriller back in my pre-school graduation. I still have the photo. Crazy.

Come to think of it, who doesn't have an MJ moment?

things&thongs said...

^^ It's so true. Everyone (including me) was criticizing MJ but his death helped people to better understand the man underneath the (surgical) mask.

^No one can deny he was a great performer. Talagang karir kung karir.

Hehe patingin naman ng pic!