On Michael J and “Man in the Mirror”

Self coming belatedly to Michael J, again (and by the way have you heard about John Hughes? Iconic film-maker of the 80’s? Who gave us the Brat Pack? Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Molly Ringwald? Apologies, dear blog readers, but Summer of 2009 is turning out to be full of such unexpected and mournful notes).

Friday, after she’d nudged her clunker a mile to the CVS Pharmacy to pick up a prescription, just as she was pulling (safely, thank God) into the parking spot, “Man in the Mirror” came on the radio. And damn if self didn’t just lower her head to the steering wheel and feel like bawling like a baby.

Of course she’s heard all the tawdry news: how one of the paramedics called to the house described finding an elderly man, severely underweight, “with no nose.” How the godfather of the Jackson kids is claiming he is the real father of the kids.

You know, none of that really matters. All that matters is: You hear a Michael Jackson song, and you realize how beautiful it is.


  1. Penny said,

    August 9, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    So well said, Marianne, about Michael Jackson. Billie Jean is a song that defined my adolescence and when I still remember the goose bumps I felt that first time I saw him perform that song live on t.v. Yes, he is a man with many many problems, but when he sang he was absolutely perfect.

  2. August 10, 2009 at 1:58 am


    Did you know that the videos of individual MJ songs on YouTube have as many as three-million-plus views, as of today ????

    I think I’m also going to put a clause in my will (wait, I don’t have a will yet, must prepare one!) that no one will be allowed to view my corpse. NO ONE. (Well, of course, how am I going to enforce this one? If I’m already dead, I mean? Stay tuned!)

    • Penny said,

      August 10, 2009 at 2:50 am

      I swear I will not let anyone lay a hand on your lovely corpse. I hope you too can do the same!

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