07 July, 2009

'This Is It'

Michael Jackson wanted to give his greatest and best show. One last show which he called: 'This Is It'. In death, he has done just that. His farewell memorial at the Staples Center sports arena, Los Angeles, was his most spectacular show ever, with Michael looming larger than life over the arena and crowd. And since his death, two weeks ago, he has dominated all forms of media and news headlines. Globally.

Whatever might be said about Michael Jackson, whatever one might think of him - one thing is certain: he defined an era. As for his lifestyle and as one of the most eccentric people who ever lived, it's not for us mortals to judge others; that is only God's prerogative. He will judge him the way He will judge each of us.

One thing is certain too: Michael Jackson was a genius and is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians, one of the most talented entertainers and one of the best dancers of all time; and one of the top ten African American entertainers ever, right there with - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Harry Belafonte. Only with time, can we truly know if he was "simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived."

As Michael said: "If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with." He was loved and will always be loved by millions of people worldwide. Most probably, in the history of music, of all musicians and entertainers, none has been as loved and adored by so many, as Michael Jackson was. As he would have very much wished and wanted, he leaves this world with millions of people still loving him. In life and death, very, very few people can ever be as passionately loved and revered as Michael Jackson was and is.

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