When I first heard that Michael had died, I was in London, days away from the opening of my tour. Michael was going to perform in the same venue as me a week later. All I could think about in this moment was, "I had abandoned him." That we had abandoned him. That we had allowed this magnificent creature who had once set the world on fire to somehow slip through the cracks. While he was trying to build a family and rebuild his career, we were all busy passing judgment. Most of us had turned our backs on him.
In a desperate attempt to hold on to his memory, I went on the Internet to watch old clips of him dancing and singing on TV and on stage and I thought, "My God, he was so unique, so original, so rare, and there will never be anyone like him again. He was a king."
But he was also a human being, and alas we are all human beings and sometimes we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them. I want to end this on a positive note and say that my sons, age nine and four, are obsessed with Michael Jackson. There's a whole lot of crotch grabbing and moon walking going on in my house. And, it seems like a whole new generation of kids has discovered his genius and are bringing him to life again. I hope that wherever Michael is right now he is smiling about this.
Yes, yes, Michael Jackson was a human being but he was a king. Long live the king.
1. the glare of
eg. Norma is said to dislike the glare of publicity.
eg. She attacked police in the full glare of TV cameras.
2. be busy doing sth.
eg. Companies are so busy analysing the financial implications that they overlook the effect on workers.
eg. He is busy sucking in with his immediate superior.
3. pass judgment
eg. t's not for me to pass judgement, it's a personal matter between the two of you.
eg. It's very hard to pass judgement on yourself.
4. turn one's back on sb./sth.
eg. Stacey Lattisaw has turned her back on her singing career with Motown Records to become a gospel singer...
eg. Gunnell is not the sort to turn her back on someone who has coached her for 12 years.
5. hold on to
eg. Jane is determined to hold on to her fortune.
eg. People hold onto letters for years and years.
6. be obsessed with
eg. He was obsessed with American gangster movies.
eg. She wasn't in love with Steve, she was obsessed by him physically.
7. a whole lot of
eg. That takes a whole lot of guts.
eg. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military and a whole lot of things.
8. long live
eg. Long live freedom!
eg. Long live the great unity of the people of the world!