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Losing A Legend

Posted in ...And A Legend Was Born., Dead at 27, Losing A Legend, Partying With A Glitch or Two with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by midnightradiostar

I can’t really call myself a ‘big fan of Whitney Houston’. In fact I was only deeply in love with one of her songs which is of course the eternal ‘I Will Always Love You’, so I’m not going to come at you sprouting lies of ‘oh I was always such a huge fan’ as most people are nowadays. But the morning my father told me that one of the greatest legends of music had passed away, I did feel an immense sadness well up within me.

Whitney has always been a topic of discussion across the globe, and to be honest the horrid things said about her toxic marriage, drug addictions, weight loss and music in the past few years has rivaled that of only Michael Jackson. Which brings us to the question: How long can a celebrity bear the pressure? How long before they crumble under the immense weight of the entire planet juggling around accusations, rumours and scandals?

Michael Jackson

The truth is the majority of us are immersed in the gossip of celebrity lives and no matter how much we want to convince ourselves that we are not a reason for them to feel pain, our words/actions and responses to their work have a lot to do with their troubled psyches. The way of the world is such that this pressure will not ease. Celebrities sign up for a life of  speculation and have to learn to balance the workload, the criticism and the praise. I know I’m being a little harsh, but a fact is a fact.

A lot of what decides the fate of a celebrity lies in their own hands. It’s all about how you cope with the cards handed to you. Sometimes celebrities shove their own fates down the toilet when they involve themselves in the world of drugs, alcohol and ceaseless partying. Examples of incredibly talented musicians we’ve lost due to this include Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson and most recently the beautiful Whitney. All these deaths either involved alcohol and/or prescription medication, all of which indicated these people were under some immense stress or carried a huge burden that they ended up succumbing to. It doesn’t help that they are constantly surrounded by people who lead them on the believe a snort of cocaine or a drink will fix all the problems.

Amy Winehouse

It’s incredible how much pain each of these human beings, humans like you and I, had faced in their lives. In most cases it seemed like things were turning around for them and they were ready to make amends for the mistakes they had made but were snatched away before it had all even begun. Michael was about embark on his incredible ‘This Is It’ tour. Amy was in the middle of recording a new album and was reconnecting with her fans. Whitney was all set to attend the Grammys which took place just a day or two after she died. It is so painfully ironic they left things unfinished just when they were on the path to recovery.

On a brighter note there are musicians in the industry who have tasted but conquered the hypnotic power of drugs and are living inspirations to people around the globe. Some of these courageous celebrities include Marshall Mathers aka Eminem, David Bowie, Keith Richards [The Rolling Stones], Ozzy Osborne [Black Sabbath], Dave Navarro [Jane’s Addiction] and Elton John.

Dave Navarro

These musicians have proved that there is always a way to conquer your demons and though it might take time, money, strength and cause immense physical and emotional pain, the outcome is always worth it. It really is a tragedy when the world loses a musician of immense talent because the person had so much more to contribute to the music industry as was the case with Whitney Houston. There were so many songs left to sing,  people to meet and thousands of smiles to inspire.

One thing is for sure, however. We will always remember Whitney for her beautiful smile, immense talent and powerful voice. She is and will continue to be an inspiration for millions around the globe. Rest in peace Whitney. We will always love you.

Celebrating Michael Jackson: How The Legend Stole Our Hearts…

Posted in ...And A Legend Was Born., Lotsa Love and a Bit of Tears, The Joy Ride Ends with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by midnightradiostar

On this day, one year ago, I came home from school only to hear that the first person I had ever fallen in love with was dead.

‘Ridz, Michael Jackson died.’ were the words my mother said to me that afternoon. Shocked, I had quickly switched on the TV and flipped from news channel to news channel, each of the flashing the words ‘King Of Pop Dead’. My mind went numb and my entire body froze. All I could think was, ‘This can’t be real! It’s a hoax!’ and I didn’t want to believe Michael Jackson, my first love and the very heart of the music world, had died.

Michael Jackson was an inspiration to humankind. He was one of the few individuals on the planet who was genuinely a good person. No matter how many legal problems he had faced, not to mention the effects of plastic surgery and the prescription drugs he was so heavily dependant on, MJ managed to steal our hearts with his thrilling dance moves, ingenious music, and mind-blowing concerts. He was also a gentle person by nature and everyone who has met him can guarantee this.

I remember when I was very small and the video of his song ‘They Don’t Care about Us’ had just been released, in 1996, and I was sitting on my father’s lap and gazing in wonderment at the man on the screen. I was four years old at the time, and nothing else was more fascinating than seeing this tall, pale, wonder dancing around madly with a huge crowd who also seemed entranced by him. Since then, I was in love! I wanted to do that too. I wanted to dance along with him and beat those huge drums and scream in the middle of the street! Now it hurts to think that I never will.

I think it was everybody’s dream to meet Michael Jackson. I have friends who can moonwalk and move almost as well as him, dedicated fans who would spend hours watching him, trying to master his magic. Michael Jackson taught me that its okay to be different. It’s okay to take a risk and expose your true self to the world. He took the risk. And now, he’s a hero to billions, and a beacon of equality and love.

“I’m not a racist person … I could never be a racist. I love all races.”- Michael Jackson

Though the legend himself has left us, his spirit will always remain. I know I’ll be telling my kids about him someday… The story of how I fell in love with a superstar.

If you are in India, you can catch some tribute shows for Michael on these channels:

VH1- Moonwalk, at 8pm

Sony Pix- Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ TV premier at 9pm. :)

We will always love you, Michael.



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