One Last Look……notes from the Memorial

 

It was a moving ceremony.....fitting for the King of Pop.

It was a moving ceremony.....fitting for the King of Pop.

So……now what?  The King of Pop is gone……damn.  Yesterday, thousands gathered in Los Angeles for his memorial, united in a sorrow that is shared across the known universe….literally.  They were there to say goodbye and to reflect of the career of the greatest entertainer this world has ever known (thanks, Mr. Gordy, well said.)  The entire program was a portrait in restraint and subtlety, and somehow was entirely fitting as well.  A few things stood out to me:

–  the silence in the Staples Center prior to the beginning of the service was incredible; never before can I recall a crowd that big     being so still and quiet.  So much respect was conveyed with that one gesture and it set the tone for the rest of what would                 follow.

– the sight of the metallic gold casket being brought into the arena by Michael’s brothers.  So, so powerful…..if you didn’t believe   that Michael was gone before that, then damned if the grief that was seemingly carved into their faces didn’t confirm it for you.

– Magic Johnson’s awesome story about discovering Michael’s love for KFC.  I think that I was almost as floored by that little   tidbit as Magic was……just made him that much more real, didn’t it?

– the sharp look of the Jackson brother’s dark suits and contrasting yellow ties.  They looked like a unified family in a way that I hadn’t experienced since the Victory Tour in ’84; and they looked good, too, especially considering how rough these last few     days have had to be for them.

– the intensity with which the Rev. Al Sharpton went about eulogizing Michael.  The Rev took us all to church right quick,           breaking the whole situation down to its most elementary form, leaving us with a lasting impression of just what it meant to us   to have had such an icon in our midst.  When he told Michael’s children that their daddy wasn’t strange, I all but lost it….an       amazing moment.

– the absences of Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, and Michael’s two former wives.  It just spoke to the power of grief and celebrity and how they effect us all, regardless of who we are or where we come from.

 

They are beautiful......your heart has to ache a bit for them

They are beautiful......your heart has to ache a bit for them

– how beautiful Michael’s children are.  The two Princes and Paris gave me pause to smile through the sorrow of the moment.  I   can see their dad in all of them, regardless of what the press is speculating about their paternity.  And, it goes without saying       that the most heart wrenching moment of the entire ceremony had to be when young Paris spoke to the world about just how         great a daddy he had been to them…..makes me want to tear up right now as I write this.

 

That's how your aunt is supposed to come through for you.....Janet was a rock for them yesterday.

That's how your aunt is supposed to come through for you.....Janet was a rock for them yesterday.

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All we can do now is to play that great music, and watch all of those videos, and just reflect on our memories……Rest Michael, the world won’t ever forget you.

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~ by darrylthewriter on July 8, 2009.

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