THIS IS IT: One Year Ago Already?

Looking back on the year, I’ve learned quite a bit, and because of my new-found knowledge, you could say I’m an even more devoted MJ fan. Being able to experience TII is one of those films you never forget; in fact, you could say it’s one of those things that made me fall even more in love with Michael Jackson.

Believe it or not, this past Thursday marked the anniversary of the premier of the top grossing music documentary of all time- This Is It.  Leading up to the premier was one of the most mind-boggling and exciting experiences for my anxious, imaginative self. The closer and closer it got to the premier of the film, the even more excited, curious, and  impatient I became. The day after it premiered, it seemed as if I dreamed of being apart of the making of the film for the rest of the year. And yet everytime I listen to This Is It, I imagine myself as that girl whose hips he held and the girl whose face he sang inches away from. I can only imagine what it would have felt like just to be in front of that stage!

Many beautiful things came from TII. The relatively new coined vernacular, courtesy of our MJ, was a phenomenon aside from the film itself.  First up is the favorite, “It’s all for Love.” There were many times this particular phrase was used; it was mostly used in the same tone and solely by Michael. One particular incident involved the acknowledgement of disapproval. In this scene Michael conveys his disappointment by lovingly attaching this phrase to his correctional directions after music was triggered too early. That doesn’t go to say he was the only one to show love throughout the film; you could clearly see the love come full circle in the way he gathered in prayer with his crew and when his dancers cheered for him as he broke out his slick moves like a true master at work.

Of the scene mentioned earlier involving Michael’s loving choice words, I alluded to the another phrase which was also used throughout the film- “You gotta let it Simmer.” Meant as a warning for the sound crew, Michael would use this expression to scold those who started the music too soon. It seemed as though Michael was trying to make them aware of the moments where he would like a little anticipation inserted, or in other words “the value would be greater” if you  make the audience wait a little before blowing their minds.

Aside from the terminology, there was the master’s mind at work. It wasn’t only in the way that Michael commanded the stage, but how he was active in virtually every aspect of the production of THIS IS IT. Knowing every tempo, every key of every song, is not a characteristic you find or that’s acknowledged in many of today’s artists. THIS IS IT showed you the genius that goes on in Michael’s world; and the history making process that appears to come so naturally from him. It is films like these that make me appreciate Michael because everything in that movie was him, was his message, was real. There’s absolutely no flaw or fabrication of his character.

A seminal moment in the film occurred when all the staff was gathered in a circle for prayer. Relaying his message of putting back love into the world, it was as if Michael was teaching  his crew members and staff that this is what it means tobe a true genius, and that what he does is ultimately for the purpose of bringing together people of all demographics. Not only was this illustrated in the way Michael carried himself, but in the way he spoke about the earth and how it needs to be healed from the destruction we as a people cause to it in the beginning of Earth Song and in his poem Planet Earth:

Planet Earth, my home, my place
A capricious anomaly in the sea of space
Planet Earth, are you just
Floating by, a cloud of dust
A minor globe, about to bust
A piece of metal bound to rust
A speck of matter in a mindless void
A lonely spaceship, a large asteroid

Cold as a rock without a hue
Held together with a bit of glue
Something tells me this isn’t true
You are my sweetheart, soft and blue
Do you care, have you a part
In the deepest emotions of my own heart
Tender with breezes, caressing and whole
Alive with music, haunting my soul.

In my veins I’ve felt the mystery
Of corridors of time, books of history
Life songs of ages throbbing in my blood
Have danced to the rhythm of the tide and flood
Your misty clouds, your electric storm
You’e turbulent tempests in my own form
I’ve licked the salt, the bitter, the sweet
Of every encounter, of passion, of heat
Your riotous color, your fragrance, your taste
Have thrilled my senses beyond all haste

In your beauty I’ve known the how
Of timeless bliss, this moment of now.

Planet Earth, are you just
Floating by, a cloud of dust
A minor globe, about to bust
A piece of metal bound to rust
A speck of matter in a mindless void
A lonely spaceship, a large asteroid

Cold as a rock without a hue
Held together with a bit of glue
Something tells me this isn’t true
You are my sweetheart, gentle and blue
Do you care, have you a part
In the deepest emotions of my own heart
Tender with breezes, caressing and whole
Alive with music, haunting my soul.

Planet Earth, gentle and blue
With all my heart, I love you.”

Whatever your reason for watching THIS IS IT time and time again, I think I speak for all fans when I say it was a dream come true to be let into his world of creation.

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