Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tuesday Nonsense

I was driving into work this morning and Michael Jackson's Off the Wall was on the radio. I was listening to the lyrics and thought to myself, "self, was the song a self fulfilling omen for Michael?" Perhaps it was one of those phrases that Michael felt some kind of cosmic connection, deeming it worthy the album's title. Perhaps that song laid the foundation for Michael and how he felt he should live his life, kind of the bible of Michael if you will. Maybe he believed he should "take the chance and do it then there ain't no one who's gonna put [him] down...Livin' crazy that's the only way." (Okay, so he sort of got the putting him down part wrong. How was poor Michael suppose to know others who love the song won't actually live by the song?)

Maybe that's what happens when you "let the madness in the music get to you." He has certainly hid his inhibitions well by letting "that fool loose deep inside [his] soul" (and to the public). And he certainly didn't wait until he was too old. He wrote "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" and looking back now, it is a bit eerie how his words ring familiar about his life.

But in the end, I doubt I will ever be sure just how much the song and the album shaped Michael's life. It's the the chicken or the egg thing, I think.

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