electric blue

As I sit here waiting for the memorial for Michael Jackson, I am filled with a slurry of emotions.  I want to watch the coverage, but I am finding myself dreading the actual event.  I am a crier.  Plain and simple.  I don’t want to, but I do.  So, my afternoon at work will be explaining why I look like I have not slept in a week.  So now back to my thoughts about Michael Jackson.

Let me be perfectly clear…I LOVE Michael Jackson!  His music has defined certain periods in my life.  Name a song, I can tell you what I was doing at that time in my life.  The very first and only music videos that I bought for my iPhone were Thriller followed by Rock with You.  I was absolutely stunned when my dad called me and told me that Michael had died.  I realize that I do not know Michael and he is not apart of my personal family, but something happens when someone in pop culture dies.  Especially the unexpected death of the most popular entertainer we have ever known.

I have been fortunate enough to have followed him throughout his entire career from the early beginnings, the saturday morning cartoon, then to his solo career.  I have my favorite albums, and time periods in his life, but everything that he touched was genius, he was a genius.  I understand Michael Jackson to a certain degree.  Not only did he not have a normal childhood, he did not have a childhood! There’s not many of us that have any idea what his life was like as a kid.   Take a listen to his song “Have You Seen My Childhood”.  Really listen to the lyrics, it explains his feelings about his life.   The video is below.

I can remember going to the skating rink dressed in my electric blue velour shirt and Zena jeans, and requesting Rock With You.  It was my favorite song to skate to.  I could do my best skate dancing to it!  I dare you listen to Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough and not do a little chair dancing, or at least tap a toe.  I remember spending countless hours trying to learn the dance moves to this commercial with my brother as well as the real Thriller video.

And speaking of the Thriller video…I can remember staying up until midnight to be able to watch the premere of the video on MTV.  Music has always been a very big part of my life thanks in part to my parents, especially my dad.  But I don’t think that I can completely convey the life changing experience of the Thriller video and the Motown 25th Anniversary when he did the moon walk.  Music moves us, inspires us and calls us to action.  No one epitimizes this more than Michael Jackson.  He made the Guiness Book of World Records for supporting more charities than any other artist.  This is someone that cared, truly cared about people and especially children.  I have been watching Michael videos all week and I can count at least 3 if not 4 that I have seen today that have a phone number at the end of the video to give to the specific charity that the video supports.  This is a generous man, a caring man, a very misunderstood man.  I don’t think that you can find a performer today, especially a dancer, that was not influenced by Michael.

Even though Michael was a superstar he was also a real person.  This is a perfect example of that.

The memorial was amazing.  It was heartbreaking, funny and uplifting all in one.  Reverend Al Sharpton made this statement to the children of Michael..”There was nothing strange about your daddy, what was strange was all of the things that he had to deal with”.  No truer words were ever said.

I also really liked the poem Mya Angelou wrote for the memorial…read by Queen Latifah.

Michael you don’t know me, but my heart is broken….I will miss you terribly!


2 Responses to “electric blue”

  1. Thank you, Jen. Your tribute really helped me connect with the loss of MJ. I watched the Pepsi commercial several times. Gotta love the big ole boombox! I had never seen the “childhood” video and, you are right, the words definitely tell you a lot about his life. I especially liked Brooke’s eulogy – she really made you see him at a person instead of a superstar. He will be missed.

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