Wednesday, July 8, 2009

CARINA 360°: 'His Music Will Live Forever'

It was yesterday that for almost 3 hours, the world, or at least everyone with a TV or Internet access, was not to be bothered. Music history was taking place.

Michael Jackson's memorial service was emotional to watch. Those with the "golden ticket" filled the Staples Center. Performances’ by Mariah Carey, Usher, John Mayor, Jennifer Hudson, and his own brother seemed like a concert for a quick second.

However, all those performances weren’t notable enough when his daughter, Paris, called him the best dad in the world...then burst into tears into the arms of Janet Jackson.

The whole world was watching. And some people think it was too much for one man. According to the Los Angeles Times and HCD Research, 63% of Americans think he is getting to much coverage. But of those 63 percent, 80% are drawn to the media frenzy.

I don't find it surprising. People want to know. They can’t resist the drama and tragedy of this story.

Undoubtedly, a huge portion of his fans never knew him, but most people felt his death was like a huge loss in there own family. One fan being quoted as saying June 25, 2009 was the worst day of her life.

I wasn't his biggest fan, but I was a little sad. I remember when I was younger, watching the video “Thriller” with my brother. Both of us trying to dance like MJ. (Needless to say we did not succeed.)

In the end, the rumors and questions don‘t matter anymore. Michael Jackson was an entertainer. One of the best ones ever. Selling more than 750 million albums, becoming a music video icon with his original dance moves; he's been lending his voice to our ears since he was a teeny tiny boy.

August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

-This one of my favorite songs. The beautiful song of Jackson's pet rat, Ben.


  1. "Str8 Outta Compton"July 9, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Is it wrong that I cared more about Billy May's death? Sure, Jackson was more famous, but I heard someone say that Mays had more to live for at this point, and I think it might be true.

    Jackson was kind of dwindling away, and I don't think another concert tour would have helped him-- psychologically, or physically. He was reportedly waking up at night thinking someone was trying to murder him, losing weight more rapidly than ever before, and addicted to multiple pharmaceutical drugs.

    Billy Mays just got a new television show, wasn't under massive psychological pressure, and was only becoming more famous, even if it was just for becoming a pitchman. He was on a roll, and possibly at the apex of his career.

    So sure, MJ was the "King of Pop", but his time in the limelight was far gone. It sounds terrible, I know, but from a business standpoint the best thing he could do was die.

  2. =O holy cow T-rav. Are you like an Oxyclean freak????

  3. "Str8 Outta Compton"July 12, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Well I do use OxiClean, but that isn't the point, lol. For example, let's do a little experiment.

    Take away any titles or notions of fame from both Jackson and Mays. For a moment, Jackson isn't a superstar and Mays isn't a semi-famous, generally well-known pitchman. Which do you like more? Billy Mays because of his beard, obviously.

    Case closed.

  4. I wish i can dance like MJ and shout like Billy Mays but that's not what matters.
    I enjoy every commercial Billy Mays does and also enjoy all of MJ's music videos.
    BTW... Did anybody see the dancing prisoners?