Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Michael Jackson - Memorial at Staples Center, Daughter Paris Speaks About Her Daddy
Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris broke the hearts of the World today when she softly spoke about her father. She let us all realize that he was a Daddy, a man...and not a monster. That's when all the spectacle and other sentiments were just noise. Paris humanized Michael Jackson in just a matter of seconds. He wasn't the King of Pop to these children. He was Daddy.
Before Paris spoke, Michael's brother Marlon spoke, asking Michael to "hug Marlon's deceased twin brother, Brandon, now that he's in Heaven with him". Heartbreaking.
There were lovely performances...Lionel Richie, John Mayer (please watch his tender instrumental version of "Human Nature"), Jennifer Hudson; lovely speeches...Brooke Shields, Berry Gordy, and Queen Latifah, who read a gorgeous poem written by Maya Angelou for Michael.
I don't need to re-hash the entire memorial...I'm sure most of you watched it on a TV, a jumbo-tron, or your computer.
I have my own memories of loving Michael Jackson throughout most of my life, and so do my sons, Alex and Hunter. Last night, when my darling grandson, Felix was fussy, I turned on Michael's "Man in the Mirror", sang along with it into his tiny ear...and he made sweet little baby humming sounds, then I rocked him to sleep. Yet another generation to love Michael Jackson's music.