There are a great number of musicians in the world whose work is admired by millions of people around the globe. The world has seen many brilliant stars that come on the world’s stage, perform, rule over theirs fan’s hearts and go by leaving their memories behind. However, there are only few stars that succeed in securing a special place in people’s heart. They remain in their hearts forever and continue to influence lives even after they die. That is they become an icon…they become a Legend. This universe also had one such “inspirational star”. He was a singer, a lyricist and a composer. He was an incredible dancer, a unique entertainer and an absolute Fashion icon. He is often referred as “The King of Pop”, he has won many prestigious awards and his name is there in the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”. Yes you got it right….he is “Michael Jackson” (MJ); one true Superstar that the world had ever seen.
Michael Jackson is a name which is not alien to anyone in the world; his popularity is spread-out wide across the globe. He has given the world some incredible dance moves and greatest hits of all time. His music albums had broken all the records and remain unbeatable till today. He soared to unimaginable heights with his talent; with his every new song and music video, his stardom boosted to an entire new level. Whether it is a ten-year old kid or a sixty year old man, everyone was his die heart fan and Michael ruled their hearts.
It might seem to you that all these words are coming out from one of the MJ’s die heart fans. Well then it might be disappointing for you to know that it is not so. I am not a big MJ fan but this doesn’t mean I don’t like him. In fact to tell you the truth, it was after Michael’s death that I became fond of him. Previously, Michael Jackson to me was just some awfully famous star of Hollywood who dressed differently, looked differently, danced and sang differently. Everything about him was just weirdly different to me. I had not listened to his songs except for “Dangerous” and “Heal the World”. And I used to wonder that what on earth does anyone sees in him!! I didn’t like him back then because his appearances on TV just made me…. dislike him. That was the mistake I did. The mistake that we all often do i.e. judging people from the way they look. Last year, I was doing some research on “Illuminaties” and I got to know that they were responsible for MJ’s death. My curiosity led me to few documentaries and shows related to Michael Jackson and all of a sudden I became his fan.
Earlier I said that MJ was a true superstar. Now who is a true superstar? A true superstar is one who can influence people, who can touch people’s lives and continue to live in their hearts forever. They become immortal. Although, MJ has been into many controversies like child molestation, there have been numerous tabloids but his fan following never saw a decline. Michael gained that fan loyalty because he did touched many lives and influenced others to great extent. There are many singing sensational today e.g. Rihana, Coldplay, Akon, Lady Gaga etc who delight and entertain their fans with all kinds of fun and party songs. But MJ was different. Maintaining the title of “The King of Pop” he also taught many important lessons of life to his fans through his songs. Michael was aware of his huge fan following. He knew he inspired people and they just loved him like crazy; his concerts were an evidence of this. To many, Michael Jackson was the one and only role model in life; as a dancer, as a singer and as an entertainer. This meant that MJ had the power to move people, to control their minds and their hearts. And as it is said that “with great power comes great responsibility, MJ did take his responsibility. He made beautiful songs to spread the message of love and equality. At the same time his songs and music videos were also an eye opener to the conspiracies of the world.
Michael believed that the world speaks and understands only one language and that was the language of love. His songs like “Heal the World”, “We are the World, We are the Children” and “The Earth song”, all talk about loving and taking care of each other, making this world a better place for living especially for the children and for the generations to come. MJ showed his distress about people dying in wars and about our role in destroying the planet earth. He gave the message of being united, of respecting every culture and every religion, of shunning racial discrimination and accepting others the way they are. He gave this message of equality in his song “Black or White”. Then he tried to show his fans the real face of our governments and the truth about this world. In his hit song “They don’t really care about us” he told how government and system manipulate people and how they cause human suffering. There were other songs like “Bad” and “Leave me alone” in which MJ hinted how “Illuminaties” are creating conspiracies against him (see Illuminaties and Michael Jackson). Not only his songs but his music videos and stage performances also gave similar messages. During his last years of life, Michael talked a lot about saving this world from the big ongoing conspiracy in his numerous interviews. And it is also said that in his concert “This is it”, which was supposed to be his life’s last concert, Michael was to reveal something big. However, the concert never happened because Michael died before that. But a short film “This is it” which is actually the recorded rehearsals and preparations of the concert does proof that MJ was up to something.
Michael had always been in the spotlight even if he was not performing; different tabloids and conspiracies always kept him in the limelight. He was also given the label of “Jacko the Wacko”. Again, I don’t know for sure whether all of it was some scheme to give MJ a bad name or they were MJ’s own creation for continuous publicity as many people say. However, I do feel that the conspiracies were not true. A superstar like Michael Jackson doesn’t need any bunch of conspiracies for publicity or fame. People would follow him anywhere. What does he do, where does he go, his public appearances were just enough for that purpose. Secondly, his songs (especially the ones mentioned above) do have the soul in them and does give useful lessons of life. I don’t see any superstar of music industry presently creating such beautiful songs about saving earth and humanity. A musician who can compose such deep and sensitive songs, who being at the peak of fame and popularity can still feel the pain of people dying in wars and who constantly give the message of peace and love is not “Jacko the Wacko” to me at least.
Yes I am a fan of Michael Jackson. I like his beautiful and soulful songs, I like his expressive videos, I respect him for the love he had for the mankind, I respect him for the concern he had to save the world and I am his fan because to me he was a good human being, and trust me that is all that actually matters. Like thousands of people, I was also inspired by Michael Jackson and he did touch my life too but what surprises me is that he did so by not even being alive. Indeed that shows the immortality of a star….a True Superstar.
Here is video of his song “The Earth”: