The Talent, the Tragedy & the Triumph

By Martin Jalleh

You brought back magic into music, leaving an indelible imprint. You gave dance an indescribable grace and showed impeccable mastery of movement.

You merged music and video and brought about a MTV generation. You magnificently and incredibly blended and bridged arena rock, soul and pop.

You moved the world’s conscience with your humanitarian spirit and inspired us with your clarion call to care for the hungry, homeless, HIV/AIDS victims and those without hope.

You mesmerized peoples of all races, languages and cultures, in every country, instilling in them the message that what mattered most was love and mutual respect.

You were matchless – you were an original, creative, unique and magnetizing musician and artist.

You were a true troubadour who ruled and “thrilled” the world” and you were also a tortured soul and a troubled life with a tumultuous childhood.

You were the very “Man in the Mirror” who chased after a “Childhood” you never had. You craved to be Peter Pan, and clamored to be a child forever on Neverland.

You were extraordinary. You were enchanting, exciting, entertaining and enamoring and you were also notoriously eccentric and erratic.

You were the world’s greatest pop icon, and an inspiration to countless – and sadly you were also accused of ignoble deeds such as being a child predator and “dangerous” to the young.

You dared us to look at the “Man in the Mirror” – and you would also literally deface and deform what you saw in the mirror, with three decades of plastic surgeries.

You sang “We are the World”. You moonwalked all over the earth. But often you waked alone – like a lonely lost comet spinning out of control, a sullen solitary sorry sight.

You wanted to “heal the world” – you, a “wounded orphan”, a masked man with a “washed-out dream” and a weary worn-out soul of make-believe marriages, a King of pop finding peace in painkillers.

You were so free and yet so “addicted” to the adulation and adoration of your fans which in the end annihilated you. You were alienated from a normal life, a man of undisputed fame made to look like a freak.

You were a “beautiful boy” who tried so hard to bounce back and to “beat it” when you realized you were near-barren of creativity and bankruptcy. You were a blessed soul who died of a broken heart.

You were a superstar scarred. You were a very human hero – frail and flawed – and yet, the finest and “simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived”.

You were tainted talent with transcendent creativity – musical magnificence of immeasurable magnitude. Goodbye Michael Joseph Jackson. May God grant you peace.

We will remember you — a man who made HIStory.

(15 June 2009)

  1. #1 by All For The Road on Thursday, 9 July 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Michael Jackson is without doubt ‘King Of Pop’ the world over and the greatest entertainer of all time.

    Condolences to all his family members.

    May his soul rest in peace (RIP)!

  2. #2 by johnnypok on Thursday, 9 July 2009 - 10:09 pm

    The late Sudirman became a “Datuk” long after he died, while the late P.Ramlee was bestowed a “Tan Sri” for what?

  3. #3 by raven77 on Friday, 10 July 2009 - 1:06 am

    Goodbye Rocking Robin….a part of all of us died with you…

  4. #4 by monsterball on Friday, 10 July 2009 - 6:25 am

    The speech made by his daughter sums up all.
    May he rest in peace and be reborn to into ordinary family.
    It is so sad..he thrilled billions…yet few want to crucify him.
    America do have people who hates unity of the world…and are true racialists.
    May those who created all those rumors based on catching his strength ..and made into weaknesses…an art…master by politicians and their assistants.
    May they be satisfied now.

  5. #5 by ALLAN THAM on Friday, 10 July 2009 - 7:31 am

    For those born in the 50s and 60s sure have fondest memory how MJ has contributed to the pop song industries. It was no match at that time and it will not be match until very much in the future, or it will not be anyway. He has entertained the word with his most extra ordinary talents, but as many great artist they always departed at untimely circumstances, may be this the way to made it most memorable. It is my believe that while artists have contributed to the field of their respective talents, they should also take care of their health too.

  6. #6 by the reds on Friday, 10 July 2009 - 12:44 pm

    MJ will be always be remembered as King of Pop. Nobody can ever replace him!

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