Ok, truth be told, Michael never really did that much for me. I've always loved watching him dance but his music...well, I was in high school in the mid-80's, what choice did I have.
I've just been having a bit of a back and forth with my folks about Robert McNamara via email. I was asking for their thoughts about him...they were telling me their thoughts about him.
I found that, in the last email, I had ended by asking them if they thought that Robert McNamara would be buried in a $25,000 gold casket and be celebrated at the Staple Center stadium. Obviously with a little attitude.
Then, feeling a little damned by dissing the dead by being so disrespectful, I went to YouTube to have a quiet moment alone with Michael.
I went here. (Feel free to go there now and watch it, then come back. Those of you in the States might be sick of seeing this, I imagine it's been played a bit in the past week. It's not "Thriller", by the way.).
Ok, I admit it. I was laughing hysterically, crying a little and absolutely singing A LOT. That dude was a genius bringing all those people together like that. Come on. Who would put Dionne with Willie? Or Kenny with Paul?
And not just that, he included Steve Perry. Even gave him a solo line. That Michael must have had a big, generous heart.
Yeah, ok, he might have had a little help from Quincy, Lionel and Bruce on this song. But maybe this was his genius. There's no doubt the man had some kind of genius - people will debate what it was forever...well, or for a long time... or at least for the next couple of weeks.
A little note here to Michael (you guys can read it too if you want):
you were a great dancer. I loved that song "Beat it". You make me feel really old by dying just now. All the same, that was really nice of you to include Steve in "We are the World".
See you later,