Thursday, July 16, 2009

Michael Jackson is dead and why I even care

I am a fan of Michael Jackson. And I'm devastated that he's dead.

If you've seen the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus" in the scene where the lead character finds out over the radio that John Lennon of the Beatles had been shot - that's exactly how I felt like when I found out about MJ.
"...the King of Pop, his heart has stopped..."
I found out through a text message from Liz, and I actually thought it was another one of those so-and-so-is-dead-hoax things, but when I checked, it was all over the news. On all news websites, on Twitter, on Facebook, on all TV channels, on all radio stations, they were talking about nothing else: "the King of Pop, his heart has stopped". Yes folks, the Jacko is dead.

Everywhere you go they were playing Michael Jackson songs, you could even listen to "Thriller" in the mall in broad daylight. They've stopped playing David Cook's version and opted for 80's style "Billy Jean". In my car you'd hear "The Way You Make Me Feel", one of my all time favorite MJ songs.

There were numerous tributes on MTV, Channel V, even the local Myx channel. Variety shows had all these celebrities singing and dancing to MJ songs. Michael Jackson was ubiquitous again, at least for the moment.
"...I respect him as an artist... "
Now, I am not a HUGE Michael Jackson fan: I do not have any of his albums, nor do I have any posters or souvenirs; I have never seen his concerts or saw him performing live, (although I wanted to when he visited the Philippines almost 10 years ago, too bad it was my final exams at the time!), I do not know all the lyrics to his songs, or his life story or anything like that... some fan, right?

But I still do consider myself a Michael Jackson fan.

I am a fan because despite all the media frenzy about his molestation charges, his weird behavior, his disappearing melanin, his disintegrating nose...I say: I may not understand his person, but I understand his talent. He is a very talented man and I respect him as an artist...
"...did he really defy gravity..."
I grew up in the 80's, this I guess, influenced much of how I perceived Michael Jackson. I distinctly remember hearing myths about him, stories about him never needing to sing lipsynch, seeing his concerts full of people screaming and crying like crazy just to see him, I grew up listening to his amazingly high songs (hee hee! go on girl!), his uber amazing videos, his amazing dancing (he floats!)...I mean who was this man who commanded the attention of the world so easily? Can he really float over the stage, did he really just stand on his toes? (must be the shoes). Did he really defy gravity in Smooth Criminal (yeah, it's gotta be the shoes, gotta get me those shoes!).

Sure, some of his latter songs or albums did not sell as massively as the earlier ones, but MJ still commanded the attention of the world. I was actually excited when I heard that he was recording new material for an album, collaborating with today's hottest artists. I was interested to see how his style will re-emerge seeing how relevant his old songs still sound even though they are a few decades old already. I was looking forward to buying my first Michael Jackson album...

But now I'd have to settle for one of his catalogue albums which are not at all less compelling to buy, especially now. I'm thinking of getting "History". What do you think?

Michael Jackson: His talent, his uniqueness, and his passion for performance has captured the imagination of the whole world, including mine. Thank you for the inspiration!



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18 comments :

  1. Yeah, must be the shoes. ...Gravity defying boots. 8-) :-D

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  2. indeed, he is larger than life... no matter what negative things people say about, no one can take away the fact that he contributed so much to the music industry.... his MTV's were already movies, complete with plot, storylines and all!


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  3. i've always wondered how he did the whole floating thing with the shoes. hehe.

    he's a legend alrgiht.

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  4. Hi! Reyjr,
    I think this really cool post that you have posted about the late singer Micheal Jackson.Personally, I think that he was respected more in other countries.(more so than in the U.S.)
    maybe I'am wrong!...but if you, do decide to purchase any of his music...I would take a look at MJ The Utimate Set...I must admit the cost is a little steep at $41.00... =-O

    Take care!
    and Thanks, for sharing!
    By the way, Thanks, for the Get-well wishes!
    DeeDee ;) :-D

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  5. what was your favorite MJ Music video? Aside from the obvious favorite (the one with the zombies), which one is YOUR Fav? Mine would be "Remember the Time", dnt like the song much and that kiss with Iman was awkward, but i loved the dancing and the overall concept! What's your favorite?

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  6. ive tried to learn how to do the moonwalk and almost succeeded! eheheh almost lang.

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  7. Cool thanks Deedee, Ill check how much that is here in the Philippines. It has become priceless now that he's stopped making music. Although, i think they have over 100 unreleased songs at Sony... :-$

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  8. it's hard to choose which one is my favorite... I like the Earth Song, the complete version of Bad MTV, Jam, Ghost, Black & White and of course, Billie Jean and Beat It, just to name a few ;)



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  9. Really well said! Agree with you on many items. FYI - he actually has a patent for some sort of device that allowed him to lean like he did in Smooth Criminal and held him (Patent #5255452). Read my article at the following link, think you will like it as well 'What REALLY Killed Michael Jackson?' @ http://is.gd/1Crq0

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  10. Did he? Cool.
    Read your article too. You are right in saying he was put in a bad light by the media, but then again, they're just doing their job and finding what sells. Having said that though, i think the situation might have been handled better... sigh.

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  11. Hello Rey,

    Yes the man is talented and I don't believe all those crap about him. Gusto lang siyang perahan. Alam mo na when you're famous there are a few bad eggs who would like to pull you down. Kasi wala naman silang prima facie evidence na he indeed was guilty. Even if I'm not famous, I'm familiar with the machinations of press releases. I have been a victim of one...he he he...ooops....sikat ba ako? :) I mean not a similar case, but suffice to say - a case that media has created out of "nothing". Their entries were 90 % dead wrong!

    Ikaw nga ang dapat na mas nakakaalam dito dahil you somewhat live amidst the flash of kleiglights...limelight. :)

    I respect the talent of the man. Magaling siya. Did you know that posthumously his albums earned much more than when he was alive? Surpassing even that of Elvis. Incredibly true!

    My favorites are Ben, One Day In Your Life, Will You Be There? and when I want to cheer myself up - Billie Jean..he he he .

    :)

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  12. haha, you overestimate my stardom. :p
    let's just say the media can make or break an artist. in this case, they did both. They increased interest in Michael Jackson so much that the whole world paid attention to whatever he did simply because it was in everyone's faces... and then again it was that attention that broke him too.

    it's a sad story that we will never fully understand. and i suppose what we do understand about it is just what the media had influenced us to think too. i dunno...

    in any case, we do agree that he was a tremendous encompassing artists, a true legend! and i am proud to have experienced his magic while he was still alive!

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  13. Very well said Rey. The man has indeed great talent. :)

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  14. Almost lang? Have tried singing his songs too? But your voice is more like Elvis or Frank Sinatra.. :)

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  15. May he rest in peace. It was the first weekend of his death when I saw a compilation of the "best of" concert videos at a friends place. Instantly, I reminisced about the years when I saw him on TV. Of course, I was very young then... and thought of the magical performances he did as... of course, "magic."

    Yeah, you should care, we all should. After all, he is THE Michael Jackson.

    Z

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  16. wah! i cannot sing MJ songs. They're too high for me.
    Frank Sinatra? Hmm. I better get a move on on that singing vlog thing then, you would see i'm quite different. lol.

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