I'm not sure, maybe it's because of when I was born, but Elvis never captured much of my attention. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, certainly did. We were roughly the same age and it feels like we grew up together. From the kids songs like ABC and Ben all the way up to the midlife classic Man In The Mirror, I can relate so much to all his songs. I know he had issues and I'm not about to excuse them, but from a musical standpoint and for it's relationship to my life, Michael Jackson was everything.
MJ must have been a tortured soul to have gone through so many changes to be something he was not. All that talent and potential to end up with so many problems. No one is perfect and those imperfections make us who we really are.....something no amount of money, fame or plastic surgery can erase. God rest his soul.
Lots of good points here ladies! Nice to have this discussion with some intelligent, respectful women! (But hey, where are all the MEN?)
Here's what I've been struggling with since Michael Jackson died. Do you think we should separate his musical contribution from his personal life or do we need to look at the whole package. I was watching one of those channels play his videos back to back and I have to admit I'd forgotten how incredible his music was.
His personal weirdness cast such a giant shadow, I think it swallowed up his greatness. So, should we judge him by his music, or by the bizarre person that he was?
I think people should judge him by what memories they have of him. I remember him being at a Christmas parade in downtown Little Rock when he was 6 years old. Such a cute little guy! ! All the things he was involved in later don't matter to me. Life is hard and every one goes down different roads not knowing where they lead. Sadly his was not a happy one.