I pointed out in the last blog here at Bright Skylark Literary Productions that my muse had surprised me with both an editorial and a poem on Michael Jackson. The surprise part was mostly a temporary after-shock following the completion of the piece, which since has been published as Summer-Song Rhapsody for Michael Jackson: Editorial with Poem. After the initial rush and written expression of creative energy, I relaxed inside the knowledge that it had after all happened before, and MJ himself had talked and written about experiencing such creative outbursts. But the huge difference this time is that only a few days later it was followed by another burst of such activity.
Just as I had made peace with the sudden appearance of Summer-Song Rhapsody for MJ and turned my attention back to the deadlines glaring from my desk, what I now call the MICHAEL energy once again began to crackle unexpectedly. The result was an essay titled Guerrilla Decontextualization and King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Whereas Summer-Song Rhapsody for MJ is very much like a birthday card to Mr. Jackson, the newer essay examines elements of his life in the context of guerrilla decontextualization, a modern phenomenon employed more and more frequently in political, journalistic, and social media strategies. However, as far as my own developing perspectives on Michael Jackson are concerned, I find the new essay intriguing because it is so different from its immediate predecessor. If Summer-Song Rhapsody were a track on one of MJ’s albums it would fit in the mode of a ballad like Human Nature or “Will You Be There?” If Guerrilla Decontextualization and King of Pop MJ was a track, it would fall into the harder rock-funk category of “Beat It” or Scream.
Several commentators have suggested that I publish my different writings on Michael Jackson in book form. The closest that any current plans come to such a likelihood is the work in progress presently titled Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume 1. But if the flow of MICHAEL energy remains as strong as it has been, and with the number of essays already written, pretty much anything is possible.