Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute

B called me from work just now and said that she heard Michael Jackson died. I didn't believe it at first, had to google it and sure enough. So sad, I thought I heard he was even going to do one last world tour soon. I have always been fascinated with his music and moves. I think most of the family digs him. Even though people make jokes about him all the time, and he did some wacky things, he still deserved the nickname "King Of Pop". Its amazing how many hits he had. There will be a lot of sad people today. I know this isn't much of a tribute, but I thought it would be nice to have a space for us to talk about it.

R.I.P Michael Jackson!! 


The very end of this next video probably the most amazing dancing I have ever seen!


15 comments:

Matt said...

Sorry if this totally didn't give him justice. Feel free to edit it all you want, or make a new one all together. "Man In The Mirror" is mine, Sarah's, and B's favorite song of his. SOOOO GOOD!

Neaners said...

I just heard and was also shocked. He truly was brilliant and a very tortured soul. His Thriller album was amazing and I remember dancing to it in your basement when it came out. Ben loved it. Of course seeing Kyle immitate him was the cutest. He did such a great job. I truly hope he rests in peace as well. Sad so many stars die far too young.

Sue said...

Nice tribute Matt. I was sad yesterday when I found out. He was amazing. He wasn't doing a world tour, but he was supposed to play like 10 nights in London just a couple of weeks ago, but cancelled due to illness.

Cat said...

Good job, Matt. What an amazing talent. It's been really sad and weird watching his life for these past 10 years or so. Amy should post some of Kyle's videos, they were awesome!

Amy said...

I should do that. Matt will have to help me! So shocked, too, about Michael. I immediately had an impulse to call my friend Lynette. We loved Michael so much and have talked about him so many times over the years. We tried for hours to learn the "Thriller" dance when it came out. We did a Drill Team dance to "Wanna Be Starting Something" (love that one!). We have even both taught our teenagers to love and respect him for the artist he was, not the freak the media made him out to be. Our kids seemed to be the only ones their age that knew what a genius he truly was.

I feel in some way, almost relief for him to be free from the stress and pressures placed on him, and which he placed on himself. I believe that he was one of the kindest and sensitive people, misunderstood, brilliant, and talented beyond words. I hope people remember him for all of these things.

Emily said...

He was a total genius and his talent, mind boggling. True he was kind of a freak in some ways, but I feel like Amy, I think he was a very kind and very sensitive soul and totally misunderstood. I may be naive, but when I heard him talk in interviews about the allegations against him, I believed him to be telling the truth and just like I said, misunderstood.
It's too bad the last years of his life played out the way they did, but it looks to me like that will not pepper the tributes that will be happening and I think he will be remembered mostly for his talent then the last few years. I am like Amy also relieved for him a bit and know he is probably happier now and that he has his old face back.

I would also like to say that I feel pretty sorry for Farrah Faucett and her family, as no one is going to remember that she died yesterday too.

Cat said...

Yeah, dying on the same day as probably THE most famous person in the world...over-shadowed much?

Matt said...

I was going to say the same thing, but didn't want the embarrassment of spelling Farrah Faucett's name wrong. haha. Yeah, Michael totally trumped her in the media. Maybe that is what her family would want though??
I too agree with Amy about feeling relieved for him. How depressing that must have been for him. He must have felt so alone for so long. He didn't even live with his wives. There are so many jokes about him, so many disrespectful haters out there. I was shocked to see how many people are making fun of him EVEN RIGHT NOW on youtube comments and blogs.
I would love to help you Amy in getting Kyle's impersonation uploaded. (If Scott would allow that!!)

Amy said...

I think he'll be OK with it. I heard a cool remark about Michael last night from one of his friends. She said that he was "more" of about everything than almost everybody. More eccentric, talented, sensitive, creative, concerned about humanity, etc. But he was also more alone than most people, too. Sad, but true.

Dan W said...

I'm with the rest of this group choosing to believe the best about Michael Jackson, erring on the empathy side for the messed up, missed childhood and thinking that the preference he had for spending time with kids was out of a hole that was created by his not having a normal life during that important period. I also tended to believe him during interviews and suspected that the allegations were trumped up and twisted spins on friendships. I may be wrong, of course, and if so, I'm very sorry for the children who were hurt. But I'm not going there in my mind as I process the loss of this kind soul from our midst.

Sue said...

I agree with Dan whole heartedly on what he says. I think he was an easy target, and certain families took advantage of him so they could make a buck.

Today has been much sadder for me than yesterday was. I think I was just mostly in shock yesterday and kind of numb. I was on CNN's website almost all day just reading things about him in between doing actual work. I teared up a couple of times. I've thought about his family a lot today. They are so close and they must be just devastated.

B said...

This is so unbelievably sad. Anyone who's ever been to a concert of his is SO LUCKY!!!! He is the Einstein of music and moves and pop. He was so misunderstood. I also totally believe him in those posts when he was declaring his innocence. Being the most famous person in the world must have been EXHAUSTING, and I hope he is enjoying his rest now. He seemed so fragile in his later years, but I think he was probably always like that. So sad. One of my favorite artists.

Amy said...

I agree with Dan's comments on his innocence and everything. I don't think he would have ever hurt a child. I'm glad we all feel the same about him. I also had the same thoughts as Em. I'm glad he has his old face back. He was so cute!

Pops said...

Yeah, the best ever in the dance and moves department. Why do the most talented tend to have the most problems and/or flaws. Say what you want, the messing with the skin and face was and is so weird. Wacko Jocko. That said, I feel so bad for him and his life. He couldn't go anywhere in the world and not get reconized and mobbed. Imagine, not ever going to Walmart or 31 Flavors or anywhere and not be crushed. He was the BEST! RIP

Haley said...

I totally feel the same way as all of you. He was amazing. It was sad because kids my age didn't realize that, they just made fun of him and made fun of me for liking him. Side note: I also got made fun of for wearing a Steve Young jersey to school, all the boys said he was "gay" because he played for San Francisco!! Can you believe that?? People are idiots sometimes. Anyway, Michael was amazing and I hope that people remember him for the amazing person that he was. The most crazy talented person of our time. I wish I could have seen him perform, that was one of my dreams. I have been thinking of him and his family a lot the last few days and I tear up every time I hear "You Are Not Alone." I truly hope he is in peace now, he was a tortured soul. I want to see him with his face the way it is supposed to be! We were joking the other day that we probably wouldn't recognize him and we wouldn't believe it was really him, haha. Good times.