Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Michael Jackson

Like many others over 30’s and knowing of US culture, I grew up with Michael Jackson's songs, I got Off the Wall on LP and played it over and over, Don’t stop till you get enough, Working day and night and Rock with you and the touching She’s out of my life, “And I don't know whether to laugh or cry, I don't know whether to live or die, And it cuts like a knife”, even tho I didn’t understand the lyrics very well because I was still very young back then but I did feel that it was something really quite sad and his voice is filled with emotions and it moved me but not until Thriller, he gave us human nature and wanna be starting something, a crossover between contemporary adults music and rock, it didn’t just change the landscape of pop music but also changed the way what music sounds like. Before Thriller rock guitarists just didn’t work with R’n’B or Soul, but he gave us Beat it and then I saw the amazing Moonwalk on TV. How can anyone dance like that? Before the pre-moonwalk time there was no such thing,  there wasn’t anything even close and the video Beat it, Thriller, Black and white and Smooth criminal was mind blowing, and that was 30 years ago and today we can still see his dance and listen to his music but he is gone.

Michael Jackson was a very different individual, his life was unique, we might never understand his behaviour using the standard we have. Tabloids and media called him “wacko” or worse name they can call anyone.  During his trials, the media presumed he is guilty and no one believed he was innocent,  they said he was a monster. They pointed their fingers toward his skin colour and said he is bleaching his skin trying to be white and ignored the fact that he could be a victim of Vitiligo and Lupus; they said his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley was a publicity stunt, and not approved that Michael too can be in love; his 2001 album Invincible sold 13 million copies and was the fastest selling album of the year yet can still be called a “failure”;  his relationship with his children? are they his real children or not? why the mask? maybe he is gay? 

No one has been judged by others as Michael been judged. Time and time again he tried to tell us that he is only human, he has feelings and he feels hurt and he also has his fair share of faults and mistakes as we all have.  If you watch his interviews or listen to his music, you will actually find that Michael had a loving and pure soul, he was a strong person and trying to do his best sharing his kindness and love, giving millions of dollars to charities and visiting many poor countries and opening his home Never Land ranch to children who are least fortunate. You might not approve his music, his image or even his behavior, but comparing to many he was an extraordinary human being and an amazing entertainer with great talent who gave us Billie Jeans, Moonwalk and “hehe" shamone" girl.

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe". ― Michael Jackson

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