Say what you want about Michael Jackson, the effect his talent will continue to have on the music world will be felt for a long time to come. I know he was strange but he was immensely talented and a true star.
It was interesting being at work with so many other people around as the news spread of his heart attack and then death. We don’t usually show news on TV at work, but the manager changed the TV to CNN. We had no sound but the headlines were enough. What was really strange to me was how people were reacting. One woman said, “Well what can you do? We all gotta go sometime.” There was no compassion at all. Others were deeply moved. Their faces focused on the TV barely able to distract themselves to order another beer. I think that was most strange to me was the inability to take it all in myself. I remember other bad news days and I remember where I was. I remember being tuned to the TV even before cable to watch all the updates and to try and find out what happened. Tonight I was told he died. And then I went up to a table and asked them if they were ready to order their dinners. I hate that I will always remember this day as a day I was working.
I don’t even know what else to say. I do know that his death today was a tragedy. His funeral in a few days will be a circus.