Will the Real Michael Jackson Please Stand Up?





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Published on Sep 9, 2009

My first blog: Will the Real Michael Jackson Please Stand Up?

by Ann

This man, who had the world in the palm of his hands, would have body doubles taking his place in public while he'd be masquerading as the average or not so average Joe, depending on his disguise.

If you suggested that I'd give the news of his death or death hoax, however this plays out, anything other than an "Oh, how sad" along with a moment of eyes tearing up, I would have said, "Wrong! Never been a fan." But life has a serendipitous way of directing one's attention at what one needs the most.

As I wrote this, I was in the same spot where I first heard of his death which happens to be on the street where he once lived. But I need to back up a little.

I'm old enough to remember Mama Cass choking, John Lennon being shot, Brian Jones drowning, not to mention Elvis', Janis', Jimi's, and Jim's deaths. These were more my style musicians. Yet, not one of these talented musicians dying, had the bewitched, bothered, and bewildered effect on me that this pop icon has. Granted, we didn't have the internet at that time which links people of all ages and all cultures from all around the globe when they share the same mission. The camaraderie steamrolls as theories and possibilities are invented. But another big factor is in observing how his family or estate has made approximately 100 million dollars in the ten weeks since his death, off his talent. It would be sad in an almost Amadeus Mozart-ish way, if he really is dead.

I've watched countless of his videos on YouTube since June 25 of his performances, his interviews, his home videos, his private phone conversations with Glinda, his vocal exercises, and have even compared them to the people he may be masquerading. I've concluded first and foremost that I am officially a fan and an admirer; not only of his brilliant talent but mostly of the person he was and the message he had.

He believed that children are our future and we should make the world a better place for them. I couldn't agree with this more which confuses me to think he would leave the world a sadder place for his own children by self-medicating.

He loved to have fun and laugh. And what a joy filled laugh he had. I cant help but think of when Antoine de Saint Exupery wrote in The Little Prince, "In place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh." That is what his laugh is like. We all know that laughter releases endorphins which is the body's natural pain killers. Does a person who laughed, played pranks, and loved to have fun sound like someone who would need to indulge in strong doses of pain killers?

He loved the idea of magic, as do I. There isn't a Halloween or Christmas that goes by where I dont anticipate the possibilities. if I just believe. People who believe in magic usually believe in the possibility of a better world and the good inside of all people even when those people have forgotten that fact. Does this sound like someone who would give up on the world?

I have to admit enjoying this journey of watching countless videos to listen to voices and look into faces of possible disguises for this man who was also a prankster and talented disguise artist. The long gray haired man wearing the fedora? Dave Dave, the burn victim? Possibly even Dr. Conrad Murray? And I have to admit that my reasoning for believing he's still alive has nothing to with proving it with facts or theories. In ten weeks, I've come to believe in him. And the man that I've come to believe in lived a life contrary to the conclusion that was pitched to us on June 25, 2009.

I know only a little bit about him compared to his life long fans. What I've learned is that we're kindred spirits. As a person who assumed the role of adult, being forced to let go of my child-like naïveté, I feel comfortable now being who I really am. I am a child at heart, who once again plays, and dances, and laughs at the stars.

He thought of himself as Peter Pan. The world knew him as the King of Pop. I view him as The Little Prince.

"Here, then, is a great mystery. For you who also love the little prince, and for me, nothing in the universe can be the sameand no grown-up will ever understand that this is a matter of so much importance!" Antoine de Saint Exuperys The Little Prince


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