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Sorting the sordid details.

June 26th, 2009 No comments
Michael Jackson fans mourning his death in Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson fans mourn his death.

It was asked of me if I would blog about details emerging in regards to Michael Jackson’s death. This will be my final post on the subject, and this is all I have left to say: It is not my place, nor is it my desire to comment on or pursue such matters. The man has died, and he deserves to rest in peace. Highly creative and talented people like Michael Jackson–whom I call “A True CreativeBeast”–develop an unearthly and brilliant energy that can’t help but attract others. Admirers crave this energy in a way that can be downright frightening, and such attention can be a tremendous weight to bear; so much so, that some creative souls simply collapse beneath it. I believe that CreativeBeasts are creatures that have great strength, but at the same time, are highly fragile…

One of my favorite films is Blade Runner. I can’t help but think of the quote by the character Eldon Tyrell, “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” He was speaking to Roy, one of his prized creations.

Consider that fire needs oxygen. Without it; it dies, and the more intense the fire; the greater its need for air. Great artists are intense fires. They burn so very brightly, but to maintain such an intensity for any length of time is an incredible feat. The truth is that in the end, we are all only human, yet when some humans attempt to make deities of other humans, things become skewed on both sides.

It seems that society rarely tires of creating stars, only to take equal pleasure in watching them fall, or in some cases; tearing them down. I don’t care to know the details of how or why Michael Jackson died. I understand that others feel differently, but I just don’t have any more questions. At this point, to dig for answers seems a bit like rifling through someone’s dresser drawers… inappropriate and disrespectful. It’s a worn-out cliche, but songs like Elton John’s Candle in the Wind and The Kinks’ Celluloid Heroes also enter my mind. I think tonight, I’ll sign off with a favorite scene from Blade Runner; here is Rutger Hauer as Roy:

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Michael Jackson: Forever and Always, The King of Pop.

June 26th, 2009 2 comments

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He was “The King of Pop,” and a legend in his time… Michael Jackson. Say what you will about him, but there is no denying that “soul” ran through his soul like a wave of electricity. From his childhood career in the 60s and onward, no one could dance like him, sing like him–be like him. Many tried. But there was only one Michael Jackson, and he changed the face of pop music as we know it. He brought a style and sense of creativity to the world that was all his own, and yet his influence remains strong to this day.

I grew up in the 80s, and when Beat It and Billy Jean hit the scene, there was no one more “larger than life” than Michael Jackson. I was living in Vermont at the time, and as an average white girl in seventh grade in an area that was ninety percent average white kids, I am here to say that there wasn’t a kid in school who didn’t want a cool red jacket with black pants and a sparkly white glove, and the ability to do the moonwalk like you were floating on air. In other words: We. All. Worshiped. Michael. Jackson. Everyone owned a copy of Thriller, and if you didn’t know the words to the songs, then there was something wrong with you. He was THE rage. John Lennon once said about The Beatles, “We’re bigger than Jesus,” but John unfortunately wasn’t around to witness the history that Michael Jackson made. With over 100 million copies sold, Thriller maintains its status as the best selling record album of all times.

Jackson; despite his incredible success, fortune and fame, lived what many would consider to be a troubled life riddled with tales of an abusive childhood, and later on, stories of his own misdeeds; that is to say, inappropriate relationships with children. Due to these allegations, Jackson was brought up on charges, but was never convicted of any crime. Nevertheless and needless to say, the cases and rumors brought a devastating blow to The King of Pop’s career. Additionally, Jackson had what seemed to be an endless affair with the plastic surgery knife; altering his physical image in such a way that made it difficult for many fans to relate. No doubt; Michael Jackson was different. Some might say that he was of another world. He did, indeed, create one of his own; perhaps to avoid facing some of the terrible realities that life is capable of dishing out. Rough spots aside, it should also be remembered that he was one of the most giving individuals of our time; contributing generously to at least thirty nine different charities throughout his career. He notably wrote with Lionel Richie, We Are The World, which quickly rose to the top of U.S. charts, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 17, 1985, where it remained for four weeks. The huge all-star band of performers that sang on the recording was billed as “U.S.A. For Africa” and sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The silent contributions he made to the world as well as the brilliant music he shared with all of us brought joy and hope to millions. Now, as countless gather around the globe to pay their respects, there is no question as to the impact he has had on our souls, and CreativeBeasts tip their hats. Dear Michael, may you rest in peace. We will miss you, and your beautiful Human Nature.

August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009.

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