So I was reading this New York Times article, and it said the following:
But even if nobody achieves album sales on a Jacksonian scale, couldn’t he or she be an artist every bit as popular, every bit as loved, every bit as listened to?
Probably not. The pop-idol field — like every field that can lead to super-fame — is more crowded than it has ever been, and the variety of routes to stardom keep growing.
Oh give me a break! Want to know what lesson I learned in life? EVERYBODY, and I do mean EVERYBODY is replaceable. The sooner you learn that, the sooner you can get on with your life and make sane decisions.
I was 8 years old when Elvis Presley died, and I was in California at the time, or was it North Carolina? I don’t exactly remember, but I was living in the US. When the death of the King was announced it was a bombshell. For me it did not matter since I really did not know who Elvis was.
And now with the death of Jacko I am actually kind of lackluster about it. Not because he was not talented. Namely because at the height of Jacko I was a heavy metal head and well many of my friends had some very unkind words about him. Me I did not like his style, but I did understand the man had talent.
Jacko is indeed the King of Pop and he will be remembered. Just like the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley is remembered. Time will not take away from either of these kings because they will be remembered. But to say that there will never be another King is just downright nuts!
The following paragraph in my mind illustrates how the human mind filters out to support a narrative:
That’s why even Michael Jackson would have a hard time becoming Michael Jackson these days. Come to think of it, Farrah Fawcett, who also passed away this week, would never have become Farrah Fawcett if she showed up in that red, one-piece bathing suit today. In the ’70s, she became the fantasy of choice for every post-pubescent teenage boy in the country, selling 10 million posters of her iconic, high-beam smile. Now, there are so many vixens grinning seductively from so many Web sites and lad mags that no single woman could ever commandeer the public imagination in quite the same way. There is no “this year’s model” anymore. There is this week’s model, and that’s about it.
The flaw in this thinking is that somebody like Jacko would do the same thing he did back then today. You have to remember like Elvis, Jacko defined the era. And if Jacko were born today you could say he might define the next era of whatever that may be. Jacko was Jacko because of the times, and if here were put in another time period then he would be a reflection of that time period.
Now regarding the comment of Farrah Fawcett, well that is just plain not thinking, because there is one vixen who actually has replaced Farrah Fawcett. Drum roll, one guess here… Pamela Lee Anderson! She was the quintessential babe of Baywatch that the ENTIRE world lusted for. Did you know that Baywatch was one of the most popular TV shows world wide! And I am guessing its because of the storyline!! Hint, Hint. Ironically she had a one piece red bath suit, just like Farrah Fawcett.
My point is that while Jacko was a goal post in the legacy of music there will be another superstar. What needs to be remembered is that super star might not appear for another decade! After all the King of Rock and Roll and King of Pop did set high standards.
So how does this relate to the stock market? Simple humans always tend to think, “oh things have never been this bad, or this is a new economy now” And whenever I hear those words I think, yupe we are about change track because the unexpected is about to happen! So when people say we are going to fall off the cliff and the world is going towards hyper-inflation I say take a deep breath look around and smell the roses.
Though I do hope Jacko finds his peace! God bless…