Lucinda: Mistress to the Mob

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             I watched, with curiosity, the media frenzy and hoopla surrounding the recent death of Michael Jackson. Certainly the pomp and circumstance he received was not unprecedented, as (I’m dating myself now) I have witnessed similar events several times in my lifetime. The deaths of John F. Kennedy, his brother Bobby, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Princess Diana stand out as having evoked similar responses from both the media and the public.

             So as to compare apples to apples here, I am not going to make comparisons between Mr. Jackson and the Kennedys or Dr. King. Instead I will view Michael, in this article, against other entertainers – Messers Presley  and Lennon to be precise. JFK was a sitting U.S. President, so his earthly demise was historically impactful, if nothing else. Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King were both popular and controversial political figures at the height of their careers when they were struck down, and Princess Diana was wildly popular for her world-wide humanitarian work. To compare public sentiment over their deaths to the losses of entertainers just doesn’t seem appropriate to me.

             My curiosity with this was based upon: why all the hoopla? I don’t argue the fact that Mr. Jackson had an extremely lucrative and successful career. He was in the public eye for 40 of his 50 years and produced some mega-selling records and videos during his tenure as the “King of Pop.” In fact, I have a few of his albums in my personal collection. He was an immense musical and dance talent who had the ability to write, create, choreograph and sing at a very high level, indeed. Of that there is no question, here.

             But the last twenty years, his place in the public eye has largely been in scandals, headlines in the rag press, and providing fertile material for Weird Al Yankovic and stand-up comics to draw from. Frankly, his moniker was derived from two major albums: Thriller (1982) and Bad (1987). No dispute these were heavyweight albums in their day, and many of the songs have stood the test of time, but that success was 20-plus years ago.

             It was also curious to me that in the same week Michael passed so did another entertainment legend – who got almost no ink or airtime for his departure – that being Ed McMahon. Mr. McMahon was in public view for over 50 years, including nearly 30 in the bedrooms of America every night as sidekick to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. In later years, of course, he was known for his Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes commercials, Star Search and even Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Dick Clark. He was an entertainment heavyweight who ran with others larger than he for half-a-century, and even had some scandal of his own at the end – but still wasn’t in the same zip code for fanfare at his death with that of Michael Jackson.

             So, to compare apples to apples as I said, let’s compare the frenzies surrounding his death to those of Elvis and Lennon, and ask why, in each case.

             My recollections of the days and weeks following the deaths of Elvis and John Lennon are that the printed press (newspapers, magazines, etc.) and the media (radio and television) were filled with stories of them, recounts of their deaths and tribute shows. Particularly after Lennon’s murder, his music and videos – the song Imagine especially – was broadcast over and over again. Michael Jackson received similar treatment.

             In all three cases they died at a comparatively young age. Elvis was 42, Lennon 40 and Jackson 50. By today’s standards those are very young deaths. The one difference among the three was Lennon – being shot rather than dying of natural causes/overdose. And being murdered in cold blood was so fittingly ironic for the man who was so well known for his peace activism and message of love for all. In each case, the deaths were somewhat shocking; I’m sure that has some bearing on the hoopla. Ed McMahon, after all, was well into his 80s – not an unexpected time of departure, at all.

             What about their careers, then? Elvis was known as “The King of Rock ‘n Roll” or just “The King.” He revolutionized the world of popular music with his soulful sound that came from a white man’s body (in a time of severe racial tension), and coupled it with sexually suggestive gyrations which created a sensation. His talent as a singer was never in question; in fact, all of his Grammys were earned for Gospel recordings. He was known to be a kind, gentle and generous man who had a deeply religious side. His catalog of music was, at least lyrically, rather innocuous. He sang of love and desire for another – typical stuff for the day in which he made his mark. The biggest thing he accomplished, was because of his sheer talent, he opened doors for the genre of Rock music to become commercially viable to the masses of America – and the world. At the time of his death, his career on the charts was largely over. He had a minor hit earlier in 1977, but prior to that his last major contribution to the airwaves was in 1972. Aside from the records, he also starred in a number of less-than-critically acclaimed movies. By today’s standards these films could be described as “cheesy.” They sold at the box office only because of his name. Mr. Presley was a gifted singer and personality whose energy defined the generation to whom he sang.

             Mr. Lennon, on the other hand, had at least two distinct careers – both of them hugely successful. History records that he was the founder and early leader of a group you may have heard of; The Beatles. That alone constitutes a high level of commercial entertainment success. In fact, nearly forty years after their breakup, Beatles records still garner huge sales annually. Even the Beatles tenure could be divided into two parts: 1962-66 and 1967-70 (as so appropriately separated by a greatest-hits set broken into those very eras.) The early part of their career was the typical love song, much like Elvis performed; while the last few years were devoted to shedding a different form of Light to the world. After the demise of the Fab Four, John took off in a new direction – that of world peace activist. This era was defined by a lot of publicity and fanfare from 1970-75, then he went into a reclusive retirement for five years. At the time of his death his first new album since 1975 was climbing the charts – it skyrocketed into the stratosphere upon the news of his death. The difference between Lennon and Elvis is that Lennon (with or without Sir Paul McCartney) wrote almost all of his own material. So, Lennon was a talented musician, singer and writer who spoke for a generation.

             And now, Mr. Jackson. If you take his whole body of work – The Jackson Five, The Jacksons and Michael Jackson – and combine them, his sales and success are on a par with the two previously mentioned men. His fame and fortune began at the tender age of ten – enforced by his father. After a string of top ten and number one hits with his brothers, he set out on his own with the 1979 release “Off The Wall.” Though a hugely successful album at the time, it has not really stood the test of time like his later two, previously mentioned 1980s releases. The 1980s were an anomaly in that most years had at least one major, mega-huge selling album with several hit singles. For example; Huey Lewis and the News’ “Sports” (1984), Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” (1984), Dire Straits’ “Brothers In Arms” (1985), U2’s “The Joshua Tree” (1986), Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” (1982), to name a few. Mr. Jackson garnered two, as we have previously seen. But his biggest contribution seems to have been his dances (the moonwalk, for example) and his videos. This is where I began to question it all.

             When I look at the works that made Michael huge (Thriller and Bad) and the videos he produced in that era, I ask why are we celebrating this? With the release of the aforementioned, his music took a decidedly dark turn; in feel and lyrical content. The videos that accompanied these songs were often set in urban environs and depicted such things as gang warfare or unrequited love. Definitely not the sweet love songs of Elvis, or the message of love and peace propagated by John Lennon. In a world that is said to be ascending – raising in vibration and reaching for new spiritual heights – this seems anti-climactic.

             But that, indeed was the energetic contribution Mr. Jackson left behind – the darker energy of his work. Those on a path to spiritual enlightenment may question my understanding at this point: you may think I’m nuts and have attained no enlightenment at all.

             But here is how it works. The earth, as a planet (a living being on its own), and her inhabitants (us, particularly humans) are ascending to a higher vibration. It is often described that we are ascending from the third dimension, straight through the fourth and onto the fifth dimension – in a serious hurry. This is so. However, energy works like electricity – we will use the electric motor for understanding.

             An electric motor is chiefly devised of two parts: a rotor (the part that rotates) surrounded by a stator (usually a field of copper windings.) These two parts are of opposite polarities; one is positively charged while the other is negatively charged. The opposite polarities repel one another, so that when you introduce current to the field windings (stator), its polarity repels that of the rotor, which forces it to rotate. When the rotor rotates, while attached to, say, a wheel, the wheel turns – propelling the object to which it is attached.

             Energy – spiritual energy – works the same way. There is a negatively charged energy (dark) and a positively charged energy (light). These two repel one another. When equal intensities of each energy are present, they make the motor spin and propel humanity up the ascension ladder.

             Creative energy, whether light or dark, is of high energetic value. It is closer to matching the energetic vibration of God – the ultimate creator, than are other levels of energy.

             Michael Jackson’s latter creative works displayed a darker, or more negative energetic effect. I’m not saying he was dark or negative, I’m saying that the feel of his work was that way. When you introduce that dark or negative energy to the light or positive energy being offered by people around the world- whether they be praying/meditating, teaching, performing lightwork of any type, or creating positive energy things (music, video, writings, etc.) – this causes the necessary synergy between the polarities to turn the wheel and push us up the ascension ladder.

             So, Michael Jackson was performing a great spiritual service to all of us – to all mankind – with the things he created. For that we owe him a debt of gratitude, and wish for his family peace in dealing with his loss. Thank you, Michael, and good-bye.