I thought I was Michael Jackson’s biggest fan. I challenge anyone who thinks they have listened to Michael Jackson’s songs more than I have. (I’m willing to bet I would have even beat him on that before he died.) All through my child and adolescenthood – from about 11 until 17, I listened to the Jacksons music and Michael Jackson’s solo albums all night. I had one of those old fashioned tape players that was about 7 x 10 and had the 4 large buttons (stop, rewind, fast forward, and play) and one red button (record). There was a jack for headphones and I would listen to the music as I fell asleep. If I woke up (usu sev. times briefly in the night), I would turn the tape over or rewind and push play, then fall back asleep. That was every night!
I would say in the past 7 years, most days out of a year (not all), I will have listened to a Michael Jackson song. (Only 1 or 2 after the BAD album). I wasn’t into his newest stuff.
I said all that to say this: I saw a novel in the bookstore today, and the dedication was to Michael Jackson. Now, I am one of the mush minds who thought she could actually meet and marry Michael Jackson one day. (I outgrew that at about 21.) But I never once thought to dedicate my novel to him. And I won’t. Yes, he was very important to me – as an entertainer who, by way of his music and other talents, got me through the awkward years of childhood. But I have more important people to dedicate my work to – like family members, or even my pets who sat and listened to me complaining, who seemed to empathize with me.
Anyway, yes I love you Michael, but…
wORd oF thE DaY
prolixity (love this one!)
Main Entry: prolix
Etymology:Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French prolixe, from Latin prolixus extended, from pro- forward + liqu*re to be fluid— more at LIQUID
1 : unduly prolonged or drawn out : too long
2 : marked by or using an excess of words
synonyms see WORDY
–prolixity \pr*-*lik-s*-t*\ noun