You know, the more I listen to and watch the many stories and comments about Michael Jackson, the sadder I get. His life was pretty awful. From the get-go his life wasn't his own. It's like he purely excisted for other people's entertainment. The amount of work he had to do from such a young age & the abuse he suffered from his controling dad, it's horrible...and the world just watched and applauded.
Let this be a lesson to us all. Young kids should never be pushed like that. It's unfair. Even when they are that talented. It should be seen as a form of child-abuse & treated like that. Poor Michael never got to experience what 'normal' life was like. No wonder he became such a messed up adult.
The other side of that, is that he became a better performer then virtually anyone in the world, because he trained that hard & was pushed that hard from the get-go. They have said that, to become the best at something, you have to (at least) practice 10.000 hours. I can't think of the amount of hours he put into his art.
But it does make for a sad life, I think. Living in a bubble. Ridiculed & adored in equal messures.
His music and his legacy will live on, but I hope that part of his legacy will be the warning that young kids have to be kids, because otherwise they can never become well-adjusted, happy adults.