Dear Aaron: About Michael Jackson


Dear Aaron,

Mommy took you to watch Cirque du Soleil - Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL show tonight.  I came out of the show rather sad, to the point that I would have liked to have a good cry if you weren't with me.  The show felt like a memorial service for Michael Jackson, and I was sad.

Michael Jackson became a super star winning music awards by the loads right when I first moved to the States in 1983-ish.  I remember singing along to his music and danced about like every pre-teens at the time.  However, I never really truly “listened” to his music, to his lyric.  I think that’s what made me sad tonight, the fact that I ignorantly dismissed a talent as mere pop culture.  I could have appreciated him more.  In fact, had I truly listened to his songs and his words, maybe I could have found some comfort in my troubled youth.


Some of the quotes in the show tonight that I want to write down for you.  By the time that you start to read my writings to you in this blog, maybe these words will bring you comfort.


“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” – Michel Jackson


And there’s the lyric to the Earth Song.

 

Planet Earth, my home, my place
A capricious anomaly in the sea of space

Planet Earth are you just
Floating by, a cloud of dust => mommy’s note: I wonder if he read Dr. Seuss’s Horton
Do you care, have you a part
In the deepest emotions of my own heart
Tender with breezes caressing and whole
Alive with music, haunting my soul.

Planet Earth, gentle and blue
With all my heart, I love you.

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain...
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine...
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we've shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don't know where we are
Although I know we've drifted far

Hey, what about yesterday
What about the seas
The heavens are falling down
I can't even breathe
What about apathy
I need you
What about nature's worth
It's our planet's womb
What about the holy land
Torn apart by creed
What about the common man
Can't we set him free
What about children dying
Can't you hear them cry
Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why
What about baby Boy
What about the days
What about all their joy
What about the man
What about death again
Do we give a damn

 

With all the natural disasters happening around the world this past year, this song rips my heart.  I don’t know when the end of the world will come, but it sure does feel like earth has been venting its anger and pain.

 

I think I know why I feel so sad watching the show.  While Michael Jackson has millions of fans and more of money, I see him as a lonely sad little boy through his songs.  The world loved his music, but the media had been unkind.  His lyrics speak of love, peace, and children, but anger and pain seeps through his music.  Perhaps its just the image that Cirque du Soliel wanted to paint – a divine soul abused by the darkness of human nature.  Now I that I analyzed my thoughts, this show reminds me of the musical “Jesus Christ Super Star,” and I had cried my heart out watching it.


As for the performance itself.  Our favorite was the one-leg dancer.  He must have worked so hard to be able to dance the way he did, and he must have worked even harder to overcome doubts and ridicules for learning to dance having just one leg.  I hope you will remember this image whenever you encounter a difficulty in your life.  Nothing is impossible, if only you want it bad enough to work hard enough for it.


The pole dancers was amazing, too.  I now understand why they want to make pole dancing into an Olympic game.  The muscle strength and flexibility required hours of inhuman training to achieve, probably more so than rhythmic gymnastics!!


Ok, I'm starting to blob because I'm sleepy... good night, baby!

I hope you enjoyed tonight as much as I did and I hope some of the images have made a lasting impression on you~

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