Remembering

How weird was today? Yes I totally watched the Staple Center Memorial for Micheal Jackson. Wow...is about all I can say.

A few folks have asked me if I was an MJ fan. You know...I had to think for a moment. Truth is...he is the soundtrack to a LARGE part of my life. I think about it, and realize that even though I don't own any of his music...I can sing (almost word for word) every song he ever sang. It's crazy...Who doesn't know all of his songs?

I totally remember being a small town girl (living on a farm in the middle of nowhere) watching the awards show when he first moon walked across the stage. All of us little farm kids went to school the next day and tried (pathetically) to do it ourselves. At the time...it was the BIGGEST deal ever...and I still remember it today.

Oddly enough...I married a man with no pop culture knowledge whatsoever. I kid you not....I was watching the Dateline special last night about the making of Thriller. Husband sat down for a moment, watched, and then said "I didn't know Thriller was about zombies."

Ummmm....what!

Yes, my peeps...I married the ONLY man on earth who has not seen Thriller...EVER! I swear to you right now he is a martian!

It really was amazing when they showed the shots of people around the world watching the memorial...I mean we are talking all over the world. This was a huge deal...and I'll tell you what, I was bawling like a little baby when Brooke Shields gave her speech. I got it back together, and then his little girl stepped to the microphone...hello gushing tears. How heart wrenching was that?

Lordy...what a weird sad day...

17 comments

  1. No my husband does not know any pop culture. My husband asked if MJ was a part of the Jackson 5? and he had never seen thriller until he died. Men are weird? You should have seen the look I was giving my husband!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I can't believe your husband had never seen Thriller! That is so funny! I only caught a glimpse of it today, when it was re-played... Brooke Sheilds was touching to hear, and of course, very sad when his little girl started talking. He was a musical icon, despite his private and weird life.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It's weird to think that I was my son's age exactly the very first time I heard MJ's music. I remember listening to it on CASSETTE TAPE and dancing on my parents old coffee table.

    I didn't even realize it until this past week, but his music really has touched every single phase of my life.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It has been a mixed bag of tricks for many people since his death, for many reasons, huh?

    LOL about your husband and Thriller!

    ReplyDelete
  5. If your husband is the only man not to have seen it, I am the only woman.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I actually hadn't seen the Thriller video until a few years ago. I was very sheltered as a child. I missed out on the MJ craze I think. But it is very sad.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I know what you mean. I don't own any MJ music but can certainly sing along to it all. Brooke Shields' speech was beautiful and sincere. And Paris? Broke my heart, too.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I didn't get to watch the memorial and only got to see the highlights on various CNN programs. I agree with you, Brroke Shields speech was incredibly moving.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow! I'm amazed by your husband and the commenters that have not seen Thriller or that know little about MJ. Where were you people? People in Africa with no TV's or electricity could dance along to Thriller! LOL!

    I was one of those folks planted in front of the TV before the casket got to the Staple Center. I was a fan. Still have the record. Yes I said RECORD, as in Giant CD's as my daughter called it when I pulled it out. I cried when Usher sang and started crying before he finished his song. And then his daughter...... awww, waterworks!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Psst . . . I had never seen the entire Thriller video until a few weeks ago. That rock I live under? Is really big.

    ReplyDelete
  11. hey - are you and IA girl??

    ReplyDelete
  12. I watched, too, in awe. It was crazy realizing just how much the last years of his life, with the scandals and the molestation charges, overshadowed his contribution to music and pop culture... I'll say this much, I was able to observe the memorial with only a hint of sadness for what he contributed musically to my life. But when Paris spoke, ugh. Gut in mouth!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I just feel so bad for his kids. They are so young to lose their father.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think my husband has never seen Thriller, but I came home yesterday to find out that he had watched the memorial on TV. That kind of floored me.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm so bummed I missed it. I heard his daughter's speech was just heart wrenching, too.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Haha as we walked around Great America yesterday they played a lot of his songs one being thriller and we told the kids about it. We even showed them the video of it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I was shocked to recall some many MJ songs from my past. Because truthfully I didn't think I was that big of a fan. However I will give him his due he was a good singer and dancer. I feel for the man too, he seemed to be a tortured soul. I hope he is at peace but most of all I hope his kids find peace.

    ReplyDelete

Back to Top