Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson, we hardly knew ye...

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When celebrities die, people change. There are 3 groups, the casual fan who is pretty upset but it's not taking over their life, the SUPER upset fan who mourns as if the person is a close friend/family member, then there are the people who say they don't care, many of which want other people to stop caring when they demand it. I fall into the first group. I liked Michael Jackson's music, and defended him when I thought he was innocent. I didn't own his entire catalog or anything, but there are a few songs on my ipod. But what I have thought about since finding out he passed away, are the times my mom and sister and I would watch Friday Night videos on TBS in the 80's and seeing Billie Jean and Beat It. I remember being so terrified of Thriller. I remember singing Heal the World at my 6th grade graduation. I remember a night in New Orleans with friends at some brightly lit, walk up pizza shop and dancing to Rock With You. When musicians die, it reminds people of the memories they had when listening to their music. Regardless if you liked him or didn't, his death is going to be a big story for a while, and that's to be expected. He was a big star, and people are sad. No one is saying EVERYONE should be sad, but don't be angry when other people are. He was someone's child, someone's father, someone's brother, someone's friend. But, I mean hey, I wasn't really moved when Kurt Cobain died, but whatever, a lot of people were. Talent is subjective. Let's respect people's feelings.

7 comments:

Rachel said...

Right on! He may not have been considered "important" to some, but there are others who are missing him very much right now, so i think that out of respect, people should leave their snarky comments to themselves.

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

@Rachel, Exactly! I mean, I'm not saying anyone should HAVE to be sad by any means, but some of the stuff I've read on the internet is just plain mean and uncalled for.

Make sure to have some MJ playing at the party tomorrow! :)

katsterisk said...

I don't know. When I was a kid I liked his music, but the man honestly hadn't done anything other than be brought up on child molestation charges in years. It's one thing if someone dies while they're still doing whatever they're good at, because then we'll always wonder what we'll never see because of their death, but Jackson's totally bitchin' tunes came out over 20 years ago. I guess what i'm saying is "feh."

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

@Kat, just because someone's prime work didn't happen just before he died doesn't mean he's less important. I think also because his tour was to begin next month, lots of people saw a comeback in the works, so there is some of that, "what if".

Anyway, enough MJ. When are we doing another craft day? I found some really easy, neat instructions on how to make a tutu, so that's my new thing lol.

katsterisk said...

I think it kind of does make him less important in the long run. His last album with original material came out in 2001, and didn't make much of a difference. All those people who bought tickets for the world tour he was going to do- they don't want to hear him playing his new album, they want to hear "Thriller" and "Billie Jean" and "Beat It."

I mean it sucks that he died, just like it sucks that everyone dies, but he had a pretty awesome life by most people's standards, so I don't get it.

I want to do craft day SOOOOOOON. Saturday or Sunday? Let me know.

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

@Kat, it's human nature to compartmentalize death, so while of course everyone dies, this is the death of someone that lots of people loved, so they pay attention more to it than others. Personally, I don't really care how/if people grieve it, everyone has their own thing. Lots of people have great lives, and sometimes that makes the death easier to handle, but anyone dying at 50 (unexpectedly) is dying quite young.

Tomorrow is the party at Rachels, not sure what's going on Sunday, HOPEFULLY Ian will be off by then. This whole 12 hours a day thing really, really sucks :( If he's not though, Sunday fo sho.

fit4all said...

Thank you for reading and responding to my Too Sad To Swallow post regarding the death of Michael J. It's the difference, great or small, that makes it interesting to blog, talk or communicate in general. Imagine we all think and feel the same way... I think one should listen to or watch people every now and then, even if you don't agree all the way.