OK. I don’t get it.
Michael Jackson’s music was wonderful. He was an amazing entertainer. I was thinking today that I used to use “Heal the World” as background music for warm-ups for my students taking ballet and musical theater.
I used to use “Black and White” to wake my children up.
I loved his music. I used to think, watching him dance, that he had no bones! Such fluidity. It was amazing to watch.
But a week after his death, the media is still consumed with him. North Korea is firing missiles. American troops have pulled out of Iraq. The president of Honduras has been thrown out of office. The election of Ahmadinejad has been declared valid and a winner in the senator’s race in Minnesota has finally been declared.
But we are stuck on Michael Jackson.
CNN’s Larry King is at Neverland as I write this, talking with Jermaine. Matt Lauer was there this morning. Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta will talk about Michael’s possible prescription drug addiction. We are hearing about Debbie Rowe and her possible fight for custody for her children. We have heard about the will; we have been teased with the rehearsals Michael did … it goes on and on.
The memorial service is on Tuesday and we will have non-stop television coverage of that as well.
Someone help me understand.
Was it his music? And if it was, what was it about his music that has so captivated the world and pre-empted all other news?
Someone was even criticizing President Obama for not commenting on Michael’s death before today.
I think I am a fairly intelligent person, but this phenomenon I do not understand. We have been in Michael Jackson’s house at Neverland, and also in his rented house in Los Angeles, Holmby Hills, to be exact.
We have been in the bedroom where alledged incidents of child molestation took place,and we have been in the room where he allegedly took his last breaths.
So, I need for someone to explain. What is this phenomenon. What is this that we are experiencing? It is unlike anything I have ever seen. I loved Michael Jackson’s music. I loved watching him.
But he was an entertainer, for goodness’ sake. He wasn’t a head of state. He didn’t bring us out of a war, improve the economy, invent anything.
But it seems that his impact on the WORLD is immeasurable.
It seems that Michael Jackson, if he didn’t change the world, certainly made a unique and powerful impact that is, at least to me, inexplicable.
It’s a candid observation that I do not understand.
Someone help me.