THE PETER-PAN JUGGERNAUT

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THE PETER-PAN JUGGERNAUT

Postby RonPrice » Jul 08, 2009 4:45 am

Michael Jackson's memorial service was broadcast live on every major American network television station yesterday on 7 July 2009. It was the largest gathering for a deceased person in world history. In Australia there was a TV special: “Michael Jackson--The King of Pop,” premiered on June 27 at 7.30 p.m. and replayed at 1:30 a.m. on 8 July 2009. I watched the piece for about ten minutes before going to bed. After midnight I usually watch a little TV as a sort of sedative to help me sleep, to turn my brain off after a day of reading and writing, of what I have come to call independent scholarship. Given the immense publicity surrounding Jackson’s death on 25 June two weeks ago, Jackson’s life seemed to warrant a prose-poem from my pen, from this word processor-computer-keyboard, this 65 year old brain. I felt the need, the desire, to write about him on the day after his funeral.

Several critics have observed that Jackson’s songs were crafted from combinations of: funk, disco-pop, soul, soft rock, jazz and pop ballads. Jackson was born when I was in my early teens, the year before I joined the Bahá'í Faith. He sang from his middle childhood, from the 1960s. I was 15 and a student in 1960 and 25 and a teacher in 1970 in Canada.

One writer summed-up Jackson’s vocal style as one which possessed: a grace, an aggression, a growling, a natural boyishness, a falsetto, a smoothness--a combination of elements to marked him as one of this era’s major vocalists. His sale of over 750 million records worldwide made him the world's best-selling male solo pop artist.-Ron Price with thanks to Wikipedia, 8 July 2009.

An unstoppable juggernaut,
instantly identifiable voice,
eye-popping dance moves,
stunning musical versatility,
loads of sheer star power.....

The hottest single phenomenon
since Elvis Presley.......the most
popular artist in show business-
history, part of popular culture..
since my pioneering-life began
on Canada’s homefront and in
Australia-some call him genius
and others a man with Peter Pan
syndrome-a term from psychology
used to describe socially immature
adults who never grow up...one of
many descriptions of Jackson I have
heard in the last fourteen days before
which I hardly knew the man at all....

Ron Price
8 July 2009
married for 42 years, a teacher for 35 and a Baha'i for 50
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Love Michael

Postby spiderpoman » Jul 08, 2009 4:32 pm

Love Michael Jackson
yes
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Lots of Company

Postby RonPrice » Jul 08, 2009 4:45 pm

It would appear, spiderpoman, that you have lots of company.-Ron
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