Say what you will about Michael Jackson...

bearing in mind that it is generally considered tacky to speak ill of the dead).

but a few things cannot be debated.
1.His talent in his arena of entertainment was unprecedented.
2. He did a heck of a lot of putting his money where his mouth was.
3.He was arguably the most famous person on the planet. And he tried to use that influence in a unifying way.
4. He wrote and performed a lot of powerful music. A good portion of it had some really noble and beautiful ideas attached to it:
Heal the World, We are the World, Will You Be There, Black & White, Man in the Mirror.....

Coming from South Africa which he took a vested interest in, long before it was the cool thing to do, I feel a special connection to MJ. He was possibly even more beloved there then he was here. There, I think he represented something much more profound then entertainment, although entertained we certainly were.

Like so many others, so many of his songs take me back to specific memories of my childhood and youth. What I most remember was listening to his Dangerous album in the car, driving from Johannesburg to Swaziland and back again, time and time again with my family. We all loved it, we all knew the words. Even in our car, he was transcendent. That cannot be said about many people. This one takes me home, staring out of a dark car window, singing with my family as we traveled over some of the most beautiful country in the world. Listening to this, I remember commenting to my mom that I thought we all connected so much with songs which included choir choruses because we had been part of them in heaven.



He was a genius, a tortured genius no doubt. I think someone with that much creativity and that much pressure placed on them, combined with a complete lack of normalcy throughout their life is entitled to their eccentricities. When you consider all these factors, there was no way he could be normal because nothing about his experience on this planet was normal. I loved what was said by Rev. Al Sharpton to his children today, "there weren't nothing strange about your daddy, what was strange was what he had to deal with".

Now saying MJ wasn't strange is a bit of a stretch but under the circumstances, like all of us, he did his best. And he did a lot of good. I do not believe that he hurt children. He was desperately and yes, somewhat bizarrely trying to have a childhood and his naivete was taken advantage of for money. It's tragic. It makes me truly sad. He was misunderstood and lonely for most of his life and being such a sensitive soul, I'm sure that was extremely painful. I would venture this was why he became so seemingly disconnected from reality as time went on.

Michael like everyone else had flaws, had some major errors in judgment (I'm sure glad my life has not been lived out in front of a camera-I'm quite certain under that sort of pressure the same would be said of me), but ultimately I believe he was a sweet and genuine spirit who truly wanted to make a meaningful and positive contribution to the world. And I believe he did. I sat with my children today and they too were clearly touched by his idealism. Again, he transcended generations. We were all mesmerized by his magic. We all came away inspired, I think. At the very least this makes me want to get up and dance and call me a dork but at least for a moment it really does make me want to make a change.



Thanks for the music, MJ. You done good. You made a difference. I hope you are finally at peace. xo

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8 comments:

Mommymishy said...

Could't have put it better myself. Beautiful words.

Wolf said...

beautiful. how very true. he will be missed.

his daughter made me cry.

Devon said...

Kirsty, I can't believe IE finally let me on your blog! YAY!

Yeah, I think so too--I truly believe it would be hard to judge his behavior by 'normal' standards, as he never had a 'normal' life. I LOVE Man in the Mirror--that one I think is my favorite.

Good post.

Dahling said...

Ofcourse I agree 1000% with everything you have said. I always believed in MJ despite the way the unscrupulous press tried to portray him in latter years. I think this was extremley hurtful and bewildering to him and they have a lot to answer for. Isn't it wonderful to think of him in a beautiful, peaceful place being taught the gospel - I am sure the teachings will resonate deeply with his philosophy of life.

On another note - how come you guys to listen to "Dangerous" instead of endless repeats of that one "Carpenters" tape ? The rents defintely got cooler over time...

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

I agree with you. The media coverage has sickened me, because they've always been unable to sort out the truth from the rumors. Wouldn't it be doubly tragic if all of us thought the worse of him, and it just wasn't true?

Tooj said...

Hey there. I love this post Soooooooooooooooo much I want to link to it. I just posted up a conversation I had with a co-worker of mine on my blog yesterday, and what you've said is what he and I feel, I think. :) Wonderful way to put "this" saga. Happy Wednesday.

Intense Guy said...

I came over from Tooj's blog - you did a very nice tribute to MJ.

Horrible Sanity said...

I couldn't agree more. I'm a huge MJ fan. I have been GLUED to CNN since his death...I grew up on his music. And even though I didn't know him personally...I am in full mourning over his death. I cried like a baby while watching his memorial. I feel horrible over this untimely loss...it didn't need to happen. Michael Jackson should have been here for another 40 years. He was without a doubt the greatest and most talented performer that ever lived. I hope now he can find some peace.