Let’s Take A Second Look

July 9, 2009 by  
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Like the rest of the world, I, too, watched the meticulously planned and very well executed celebration of Michael Jackson’s eccentric and complex, yet professional and simple life.  Sure, he was different in so many ways, yet so amazingly like so many people that we know and care for.  Much has been made of his weird, childlike behavior, his undeniable ability to amass wealth beyond expectation, his equally hard to believe knack for creating debt that would exceed some small countries, his  proficiency and delivery of  some of the best choreographed dance routines and music videos ever seen by anyone of the readers of this blog.

What isn’t discussed much, at least until yesterday’s service at Staples Center in LA, is his raw, unabashed. unrehearsed, sincere love of people … all kinds of people … all colors of people … all ages of people, all religions of people … all people, period.   Speaker after speaker, all exuded the same message:  Michael loved what he did because he loved the results that it brought to others.  Michael loved making people happy.  And watching the numbers of viewers from around the globe, it was pretty evident that the people approved of what he was able to do for them.

MJ was generous beyond our wildest imagination … try setting the Guinness Book of World Records for most charitable contributions by any celebrity in the recorded history of donations. After Tuesday, I dare not think he did it for the notoriety; he did it because that’s what he was about.  Actually, the huge amounts of money that he distributed were a small factor at best for my conviction of his generosity.  It was the charity of his love for others that convinced me to take a second look at this new age phenomenon.

As I watched, in just a few short seconds, his daughter, Paris, so proudly and sincerely claimed her dad as the best there was. There was no doubt in my mind how caring and loving he must have been for her and her two brothers.   As she cried for her father, a good portion of the world came around to seeing and understanding a Michael Jackson they had never known before.

So often we make judgment calls based on what seems to be, but not on what really is.   If the ”King of Pop” was to be likened to another animated character other than Peter Pan, I would certainly nominate the Energizer Bunny with a slight twist … this one would simply keep on giving and giving and giving and …..

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Chris Jonz And The King Of Pop

July 2, 2009 by  
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“The King of Pop” …

 Is not dead!  Nor will Michael Jackson ever die. 

The world, and I mean the entire world, has been inundated with the man’s marvelous music, his eccentric lifestyle, dubious dependencies and other facets of what made Michael tick.

By now, you have probably gotten your more than fair share of things you already knew and things you would have never dreamed knowing about the music industry’s icon of the millennium.   From his first hit song with his brothers to allegations of his now infamous father’s choices of discipline, to dating Brooke Shields ­and Emanuel Lewis, to selling more CDs, “Thriller” to be specific, than any other artist in history, to his brief marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, to the innovation of dance that got Fred Astaire to wink and nod, to reaching philanthropic heights that would make Oprah blush it is needless to say that the man truly lived the life of an icon … and he did it within fifty very remarkable years.

As I write, plans are being rethought and rescheduled so that his literal millions of fans can bid him farewell and he, his deservedly rest in peace.  Yet after all of those tangential ceremonies and law suits and will disclosures and reissued best of Michael Jackson releases have topped the charts again and his children have grown and learned to fully appreciate their father … after all those things have come to past, Michael will continue to live on. 

Why?  Because no matter what we cheered for or jeered for, there’s one very significant factor about the man that will always be with us.  Some would find it difficult to step up to the microphone on this, but the simple fact is that people from every corner of this planet called Earth,   loved Michael.  Why?  Because he gave so much.   Whether it was in his music or in his choreography or in the number of figures he wrote on a check to someone in need … he gave his all and it was abound in love.  He gave us so many reasons to smile and will continue to do so as he reminds each of us that we are “the man or woman in the mirror”.

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From l-r: Eddie Kendricks, original Temptations member, Marlon & MJ, Abner, Pres/Motown, Yours Truly and Cecil Hale, prominent dj from Chicago.

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