I watched ‘This is It’ the compilation of interviews, rehearsals, and backstage scenes of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on a Sunday evening.
What struck me is the level of ‘human-ness’ in the footage. well, we all have our stereotypes of super stars and rich prima donnas. I remembered when he was here in Singapore many years back, he did his dangle baby stunt at Raffle’s Hotel’s suite window. Well, that was the King of Pop.
What i saw on that show was an extraordinary person, very well trained in his art, and ever so expressive. he is indeed a genius of our time, he knew his moves like his moves were him. there was no separation between the two, his moonwalking style, the Smooth Criminal, gravity defying tilt. all original, Michael Jackson.
Not only that i see the entire set up for the concert, all the resources and people, all gather for him, to make his show and there was not an air about him. Sure there was an occasion or two with tempers, but who don’t have a temper. Had he been an a**hole, nobody would be able to work with him. His concerts will be difficult to sell as he would be so difficult to please.from the way they shot the footage, he was a genuine nice guy.
And there was a lot of ‘please’ and ‘thank yous’ for Michael, and from Micheal to his crew. He wasn’t the boss and from the footage he’d certainly didn’t boss anyone around, although everyone knew that they were there because of him. But neither did he once remarked on screen to have the demands his way. He tried to accommodate to his in-ear device and gave feedback on why the device is not work. He likens ‘a fist being punched into his ear’, his crew has to ask him for feedback, the sound the voice, the mix, which is too loud and which is not. He tried it again and managed to use the in-ear device. Sure, there were frustrations,, but still they’d talked it out to make it work successfully.
I walk away from the whole show understanding what success was. At his level, success happens because he was working very very hard. he rehearsed and rehearsed his move, his act. every single bit, the singing. a lot of training, from a very young age brings him to where he was. He was successful, but that doesn’t mean he’d stopped working. He has all the riches and experienced fame and fortune, what else can he asked for. He’d worked hard, I know a person working hard when i see a person working hard, and he is working hard.
Michael Jackson is, above all, a human being, despite of all his public persona, his ‘misdeeds’ his child molestation case, he is a human being, albeit a very pure one. He emanate love, in his own interpretations, which is not totally understood by everyone. He tried to make love with everyone, but he was ostracized for it.
Despite of all the which hunting, he still preserve, and spread love, never did he once lose that focus on love. He loved everyone. And perhaps his love is ahead of our time.