Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Haunting Duality of Michael Jackson

The tone of discussions regarding Michael Jackson’s death range from utterly grief-stricken to ecstatic and celebratory and everything in between. I cannot honestly say that Jackson was one of my favorite performers, but that is purely down to personal taste. Nevertheless, I can certainly recognize and appreciate how extremely talented the man was. Michael Jackson, King of Pop, made an everlasting impact on the music industry and the world.

Was Jackson a child molester, as some believe? I do not know, and at this point in time, there is only a small handful of people in this world who know the truth about the allegations against him.

I may share more of my thoughts on the subject at a later time, but the main purpose of this post is to share one that Bonnie wrote last night:

“I’ll Be There” was a beautiful song, and I love it to this day. […] I found this haunting video this evening of an older Michael Jackson singing a few strains of this song at the piano, the younger Michael Jackson looking on. It’s symbolic of there being two different Michael Jacksons: […] This haunting duality is what I perceive when I think of Michael Jackson.

A Haunting Rendition

Please click through and read the full post. Be sure to watch the short video too. I believe it contains layers of meaning, possibly more so than any of us will ever realize or understand.

Michael Jackson Died Today

Pop star Michael Jackson has died, according to reports.

The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his home and arrived at hospital in a coma, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A Los Angeles city official confirmed Jackson is dead, the LA Times said.

The official said he died at 1.07pm Pacific time (9.07pm BST).

While Michael Jackson gave me the creeps in recent years, he was certainly a talented man. His death will be grieved by millions.

If I had to pick a favorite Michael Jackson song, I think it would be Billie Jean. Here it is, in Jackson’s memory:

Take My Wife

From the comedic genius, Tim Minchin: