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.
Image still from the video for NOTES FOR AN ELEGY IN THE KEY OF MICHAEL. The quote here reads: "The black star zooms gold. Wings of white flame torch his throat. His voice as arrived."
It turns out I was right to stop saying I’ve concluded my writings on Michael Jackson. After completing and publishing Looking at the World Through Michael Jackson’s Left Eye in celebration of his birthday last year, it again felt like my keyboard was all typed out where the Great One as a principle subject is concerned. But then that unexpected impulse took over once more a few weeks ago.
Getting up one morning, I meditated, poured a cup of java, and got to work on a project that has nothing at all to do with MJ. Then my pen seemed to zoom off like a bird declining the comforts of its cage and I started scribbling notes for a short essay or editorial. Jotting a few notes didn’t take up too much time and it wasn’t like I was chatting up friends on Twitter or CTI or Facebook. So I forgave myself for the distraction and got back to jobbing. But then…
My pen took off again, more forcefully this time, and before its flight was done I had written the first draft for both an editorial and a poem. All I can say is these spontaneous writings on Michael Jackson seem to occur around the time of the anniversary of his death and just before his birthday. Make of it whatever you wish but the latest piece is scheduled to post on August 20. Those unfamiliar with my previous articles, essays, and poems on Michael Jackson can find them (some of them anyway) at the following links:
1) Work and Soul in Michael Jackson’s This Is It
2) Looking at the World Through Michael Jackson’s Left Eye (Part 1)
3) Looking at the World Through Michael Jackson’s Left Eye (Part 2)
4) Looking at the World Through Michael Jackson’s Left Eye (Part 3)
5) Looking at the World Through Michael Jackson’s Left Eye (Part 4)
6) Notes for an Elegy in the Key of Michael (Jackson) 1 and 2
7) Michael Jackson Legacies of a Globetrotting Moonwalking Philanthropist
8) To Walk a Lifetime in Michael Jackson's Moccasins
9) Michael Jackson and Summertime from This Point On (Part 1)
10) Michael Jackson and Summertime from This Point On (Part 2)
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