My father adored that song and believed that more people should look in the mirror. I haven't hurt like this since Princess Diana died. And I'm crying almost as much. And for the same reasons. Neither money, talent, or popularity will spare you from the Grim Reaper.
I remember The Jackson Five performing on American Bandstand and watching Michael Jackson and realizing that nothing I ever did would make me as famous, talented or as popular as he was. The fact that he was younger than me didn't help. I remember watching old videos of him as a child and seeing the fan reaction (people literally ripping the clothes from his body) and realizing that he was never going to be normal. And he wasn't, but then those of great talent rarely are.
My favorite celebrity quote came from someone I wasn't expecting but it nails how I felt about his talent.
From Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, who helmed Jackson's "Bad" video:When I wrote about Farrah Fawcett's passing I was going to put in a line about who would be next since famous deaths usually occur in threes, but decided to pass since I thought I could include David Carradine along with Ed McMahon. Obviously I was mistaken. The entertainment world has taken some severe hits in the last two weeks but this one has really rocked me.
"Michael Jackson was extraordinary. When we worked together on "Bad," I was in awe of his absolute mastery of movement on the one hand, and of the music on the other. Every step he took was absolutely precise and fluid at the same time. It was like watching quicksilver in motion. He was wonderful to work with, an absolute professional at all times, and — it really goes without saying — a true artist. It will be a while before I can get used to the idea that he's no longer with us."
Does sort of put life in perspective, doesn't it? Michael, rest in peace and thank you for everything. No matter what they say in the next few days, I will always remember you fondly. Not fondling.