Remembering MJ

My first ever MTV video!

Two years ago, the world was shocked to learn of the passing of Michael Jackson. I remember how we as a David fan community were able to blog about it together. And in the wake of the mourning, commemorations, and celebrations, this is what I had to say on Soul David:

I remember getting that magical feeling the first time I had a chance to watch MTV on the cable TV at my babysitter’s house when I was around 9 or 10 years old.  I didn’t have regular cable at my own home, so this was definitely a treat, and as an only child, I was able to watch my very first music video in the company of my babysitter’s six children, two of whom were around my age and who became my regular playmates.  We were all just in complete awe when we saw Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean air on MTV.  Without realizing the racial breakthrough Michael made on a TV station like MTV, which up until that time focused almost exclusively on rock music, we were just glued to the TV set and imagined that we were watching a magician in his high-water pants and saddle shoes, whose every step and touch shed light and made the world a better place.  Every dance move seemed mind-blowingly out of this world.  And keep in mind this was even before he unleashed his moonwalk onto the world!

This pop icon was no mere regular guy.  He was already legend.  And it didn’t matter, after watching that video, whether we understood the lyrics to the song.  With “Billie Jean,” we not only heard the song, we saw the song.  And, yes, I and my playmates and everyone else of my generation believed in magic.

Little did I know that, 25 years later, I would experience magic again on my TV set.  This time, the spectacle was far more subtle but just as deeply moving.  A cute and sweet kid by the name of David Archuleta sang a song from my childhood, Bryan Adams’ “Heaven,” so that I could “understand” the song and hear it for the first time.  And boy, did I ever!

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Posted on June 25, 2011, in current events, David's influences. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Great Post on Michael Jackson hg. He is so missed. This is very off topic but I was happy to see that New York State did pass the bill that legalized sex marriage marriage in NYS. I live in NYS and I am so happy for many of my gay co-workers, friends, and some family members that it finally got passed. I know many have varying opinions on this but I do strongly believe in equality for everyone.

    • I live in NYS too! 🙂

      I had gone to bed early last night due to a headache, so when I woke up this morning, I was elated that New York actually passed the legislation through! I’m really happy for my gay and lesbian friends and colleagues.

      I wasn’t sure I would post about it in particular, because – you know – people are funny about this issue. But I’m glad on this MJ anniversary that something historic took place.

      • My own city cannot even pass basic civil rights legislation and I listened to the NY reports during my run this morning. Great news for New York!

        I listen to MJ often and he is missed.

      • hg I was hesitant to bring it up also and I do acknowledge the fact that everyone feels differently on the topic of gay marriage. I think it proves that David has a very diverse fan base with different opinions. I think that is a very good thing for David.

  2. Woo haa for NYS! That was very good news indeed!

    Here’s a page of MJ tribute videos from Mashable:

  3. HG, I did read this tribute in full again and the comparison/contrast with David. I’m thinking it is a blessing that David is allowed to slow things down and determine his path. I want David’s voice to be heard but certainly don’t want him to have the challenges that Michael has. You writing and analysis are as spellbinding as the stars you write about.

  4. I was very pleased with the New York vote and hearing the process that was so important to pave the way.
    I’m from Iowa and can’t believe our state was so far ahead in this process of equality.

    • hell0g0rge0us

      Thanks for all your feedback, Heidijoy. And yes, Iowa is very ahead – I’ve been told it’s quite a progressive state in “Middle America.”

      • I’m from Iowa, too, and had to move out-of-state to find work after being laid off. About 2,000 people from my town followed suit. Too bad they’re not “progessive” as far as trying to find employment for folks~ it was my lifelong home. I kinda miss being there. 😦

  5. oops Michael had!! (1:14 comment)

    • Sorry to hear that VJ. Alcoa is hiring in our area now . Hopefully things will improve. I’m retired now but luckily had a profession that made it easier. I did have 8 years of uncertainty once though and do remember how stressful that was. (I was working for the govt. then)

      • Heidijoy~ Aw, that’s OK. The way it worked out, it was meant to be. But I never had a job that I liked while I was there. I had to take what was available in order to pay the bills, ya know? And even that was hard. With a college degree, interviewers couldn’t believe I’d be happy doing what I applied for. I was like, “Well, do you think I’d be happier living on the streets? Um, no….” lol. I’m glad you had a profession that made it easier. That helps. Iowa will always hold a special place in my heart. They have awesome corn on the cob! haha.

        So anyway, yeah. Back to David. Carry on….

  6. Wishful thinking from Conan: Justin Bieber And Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s EPIC Segway Race (not for the faint of heart)

  7. Still lotsa raw places in the heart 2 years later… Berry Gordy’s words still wring tears out of a sometimes jaded heart… I think they deserve to be heard… felt… cherished… RIP Michael.

    Michael Jackson Memorial Service – Berry Gordy Eulogy

    • Seems like they are not writing together:

    • Sounds like he may have looked @ something David wrote.

    • Jon Secada and Manà what nice surprise , Love Manà btw 😉 !!
      If they are not writing together, i hope Jon give some god advise to David, an artistic mentor is missing on his career and at this point would be of big help to clear up David confusion about his own future . 🙂

  8. Jon Secada… awesome, awesome singer. He and Marc Anthony have that tonal thing going that I love in a singer… David has it too – it just hits that sweet spot and stays… they sung on the Somos el Mundo single last year – maybe they are keeping in touch …

    Somebody gimme some water!! 🙂

    Jon Secada- Just another day

    • I like this song and Jon Secada. Watched the video of the MJ memorial service and it made me cry again.

  9. And I miss Michael too. One of my favorites videos from him here – They Don’t Care About Us

    I still wating for David to cover a song from him. 🙂

  10. gg – thanks for posting that video! I love that song and had no idea who sang it – haven’t heard it for so long. (goes to Itunes to look for it)

  11. poor david is working on a saturday that should be his days off!.glad that he is working on new stuffs!.

    • Is the life for the 90% of the world population lol, he’s gonna be fine after all he’s doing what he likes 😉

  12. If she talking about David , i wonder why this deadline is too soon or who imposes the deadline?

    ”@SunnyHilden Sunny Hilden
    Recording & writing session yesterday for 14 hours straight into those inspirational wee hours again. So many deadlines lately.”

  13. if that is true about sunny tweet about david, how can he have a deadlines for writing sessions when he doesnt have a record label yet?????

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