This is "It"

I just saw Michael Jackson’s “This is It” movie, directed by Kenny Ortega. I know of Michael Jackson only as a casual fan. I went to see this movie out of curiousity, more than out of reverence. Having seen “it” I now appreciate him far more than I have in the past and will for sure go buy whatever album is for sale with the soundtrack.

Michael Jackson’s life was not a pretty fairy tale. He was born with an excess of talent in a family all to willing to exploit that talent. From the beginning one could understand why Michael had little grasp of the reality most people live, but he did possess what the people craved, he had talent, looks, taste and a compulsive desire to entertain in a big way. Numerous pop hits earned him a following that has not been diminished by his peronal excesses. Excesses that we all know about, his altered face, his fantasy estate, and his desire to enjoy the company of children, to name the big three.

His friends and family loved him, the Govt. wanted to imprison him, and we, his fans wanted too much from him. When one has “it” it usually comes with an expressed wish to indulge in displaying it. We all can relate to that feeling here at RB. What few of us can relate to is the huge success he had, and just what that success does to one’s mind. The dopamine highs in the beginning of his carreer must have been so overpowering that he started sacrificing his own body to be able to continue generating hits and shows. At all costs, he wanted to be even more than he actually was. We too, can relate with that here at RB.

Elvis, Marylin Monroe, and James Dean and you can see the theme. Does catering to one’s expressive abilities have to be so destructive? We all have heard on the media just how Michael died. He wanted a dubious doctor to give him drugs to help him sleep. He gave him the drugs and for whatever reason, that night became his last. The doctor was reckless, yes, and may be charged with a crime, but still it was Michael’s desire to “enhance” that led to his finding someone who would say yes to his wants.

Many feel they want to be famous, popular or a star. Well, stars burn bright, and even brighter stars, burn even quicker.They eventually explode of course, sooner than the later. Some “stars” peak and then settle down, others keep upping the ante’. Some of us handle popularity better than others do. It is tough to know how any of us mere mortals would handle the fame Michael had. It can even be argued that such talent comes at the expense of the ability to handle it. I don’t know.

I do know that I now appreciate his loss a whole lot more. When on stage and in rehearsal, he indeed was “The King of pop”. He directed and controlled a supremely talented group of people, he was the man with the vision, who made sure we got to experience what he knew, we wanted to. That connection the entertainer has with his audience was something he did respect. He worked very hard, demanded the very best, and delivered more often than not. “This Is It” was a show that truly summed up the best of what he was, and unfortunately his big heart gave out before the world could see him for the last time. It’s as if he knew it would be his last tour… because he knew the toll that was being paid.

This is "It"

Mark Ramstead

Temecula, United States

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After some time to reflect on his death, “This is It” prompted me to finally add my two cents…

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