1. I hated all of the evening network news coverage this got. Iran went from being a lead story to not even being a story at all on the day Jacko died. Cap-and-trade, bank failures, Iraq, Afghanistan, and multiple state financial crises also either weren't covered or were on the backburner. This continues with the whole estate & custody battle. Network news is a sham.
Thankfully, PBS NewsHour hardly mentioned MJ and Farrah Fawcett's death and put other REAL news ahead of it.
2. I don't understand why everyone is rushing to download and play his music. 2.6 million downloads and counting this week, an online record. His albums are in this week's Top 10. What?? Were people afraid the music would disappear or something?
It had been "uncool" to listen to Michael Jackson music for years, and radio stations hardly touched it. Now, everyone's doing it. Why? Did his death erase the stigma? If so, why?
3. I had some brief nostalgia. I just had a Facebook conversation with a friend of mine from 2nd grade (1987, when Bad was released). I remembered that he had had a vinyl copy of Off the Wall at his house and was a huge Michael Jackson fan (we all were, which is why I remember it). He's now a drummer and his style of music is what I will call "alternative/metal" (knowing that this is a false mischaracterization, sorry). I asked him if he had erased the MJ fanship of his past. His response:
Nope, I haven't erased that at all, haha. I remember getting the 'Bad' tape and going over the insert so much that the panels came apart! I didn't understand it then, but I just loved the vocal melodies and the tembre of Jackson's voice. To this day after 15 years of playing the drums, it's still vocals that make or break a song to me. To tell the truth, I wish I had Off the Wall on CD and I still think MJ kicks butt[sic]. I should get that and Thriller, too.
Did my parents buy me Bad, or what is an aunt or uncle for my birthday? I think my sister had Thriller, which I just borrowed.
I also vaguely remember someone in my preschool class having "parachute" pants (circa 1983, when Thriller was doing it's 80 week chart-topping). No comment from him, yet.
I'm willing to admit that Billie Jean is one of the greatest pop songs of all time and it's been in my head all week. You can watch the classic video on YouTube here. Watching this I think that Justin Timberlake in many ways is a copy of the old-school Michael Jackson.