Once upon a time, Michael Jackson was my God. I think I was 11 or 12 when I started listening to his music. Remember the old music cassette tapes?
The first one I had was Bad. Then I managed to buy Thriller. I never had Dangerous, but I had some of the songs on different mixed tapes.
Back in Craiova, my town in Romania, we didn’t have cable until 1993 or 1994. I remember how I used to wait in front of MTV or MCM for a Michael Jackson song. How I used to stare at the video and live every second of it!
How did we survive this, I don’t know. Kids nowadays, with their youtube can’t even comprehend what I am talking about. Just like they can’t comprehend the black and white television sets or no television whatsoever (Romania until 1989 when communism ended).
I used to have a certain fantasy about Michael. I was imagining I would grow up to be a tall and beautiful journalist, with long legs and big breast and, wearing a sexy red dress I would go to Michael’s house for an interview. We would be thousands of journalists at his gates and he would choose me. During the interview he would fall in love with me and then we would get married.
And here I am today, at 33, short, small breast, not a journalist but a nanny. Not to mention Michael is dead. Oh, and I don’t even have a red dress. Talk about shattered dreams…
Anyway, Michael made me learn English. I was singing his songs before knowing what they meant. I remember taking the lyrics to Dirty Diana to school, asking my English teacher to translate them for me. The looks she gave me! I could at least have chosen Heal the World, I know…
I have never been to one of his concerts and it is one of my biggest regrets in life so far.
But later today I will celebrate his work by going to see Thriller Live, the musical.
“Now in its record breaking 6th year, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular Musical created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer, Michael Jackson. After opening in the Lyric Theatre in London on 2 January 2009 to rave reviews, Thriller Live has celebrated its fifth birthday in the West End, embarked on a world tour and a sell-out UK arena tour, played over 3000 shows globally to 2.5 million fans, visited over 26 counties and entered the West end record books by becoming the longest running show in the Lyric Theatres 125 year history.
THRILLER LIVE continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history.
Experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in a show that pays homage Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion in a show that you will never forget.”
I refuse to look at anything about it online because I want to be surprised.
I may even shed a tear or two.
I’ll let you know.