I remember when I was a little child, one day my cousin all of a sudden started crying. The reason of her unforeseen tears turned out to be Michael Jackson. Having heard that The King of Pop had arrived in Moscow, my cousin was extremely disappointed for not having the opportunity to travel there to attend the concert of her most favorite singer. To be honest, I was astonished. My childhood lacked so many basic things, that I couldn’t imagine a child crying for being deprived of the luxury of attending a concert of such an outstanding celebrity.
It didn’t take me long to realize the worth and uniqueness of MJ. I realized he was not just another pop singer. I understood why he was called the King of Pop. It is hard to talk about Jackson without repeating much of what has already been said. Because I bet I’m not the only one who, despite knowing Michael’s worth, finds it hard to describe him relevantly. Original… well, the word seems too plain and banal. Talented: a rather trite adjective. Nowadays the words such as "original", "great", "wonderful" are used to describe so many people, that for Michael Jackson one wants to invent new words, stronger, more descriptive, made especially and only for him. Because, he was a true inventor himself. Inventor of MJ’s own music, own rhythm, own beat, own dance moves. You listen to him, and watch his videos, and no word seems enough to describe the spirit, energy, fire, emanating through them; it’s simply Michael! The name says it all.
When Michael Jackson passed away, among all the things I mentioned above, another thing closely associated with his life, suddenly crossed my mind – charity. When I think of it now, it seems sort of strange, because at that time I didn’t know so much about the actual contributions of Michael Jackson, I didn’t know that personally, as well as through his Heal the World Foundation, he had donated over 300 million dollars in charity, and held the Guinness World Record for having supported more charities than any other pop star. The reason I associated him with charity, were his songs and videos, focusing on the injustice and bloodshed in the world, and the care for Mother Earth and concern for its future, expressed so powerfully in his videos “Earth Song” and “Heal The World”. Along with doing a lot to contribute to solving the problems he thought of utmost importance, by means of his songs and videos he also wanted to make us think and care more about those causes and issues.
Years have passed since the day my cousin’s tears almost shocked me, and now that MJ is no longer alive, I can’t help but wish people had understood him better. I wish we all were not wasting time on gossip, bad language, bigotry, putting blames, finding fault, and wish we were using more time on actually thinking and doing more about solving the problems that tear our world apart. Today I wish the sorrow and injustice tormenting our planet, which Michael’s songs and videos were dedicated to, still were not as tangible as they were when MJ first sang them.
“Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying Earth these weeping shore…”
However, lamenting for all the problems of humankind in Michael’s songs is eventually replaced by optimism, hope for love, positive attitude, energy and immense love for life, so characteristic of his music and his unprecedented, astounding dance moves. So, I also wish the dreams emanating from Jackson’s songs would ever come true. His words do give me hope; Hope for the wounded Earth being healed, hope for love and a brighter tomorrow.
“There's a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow.
And if you really try
You'll find there's no need to cry
In this place you'll feel
There's no hurt or sorrow.”