In the song "Ben," Michael Jackson sang about a very special relationship between two friends. Both of them once lonely and misunderstood but, now have found completion in each other. Not to mention, if other folks only knew how it felt, they'd totally understand, empathize, and look for a Ben of their own. Sure, this song is a story of devotion and the importance of friendship but, it also describes the relationship between Michael Jackson and his die-hard fans.
- "Ben" 1970
In my own personal experience, a lot of fans have had defining moments in childhood that make them different from the rest of their peers. A lot of fans, including myself, have gone through life feeling misunderstood and are often missing that special connection with others. The special connection that fans have with Michael Jackson, and even with other Michael Jackson fans is unparallelled.
Why is that?
Well, let's think about it. Michael Jackson is one of those rare entertainers that can connect with fans on a deep level. He makes you believe that he's singing to you or about you. Not to mention, the glimpses into his personality and life that fans were privy to, displayed that the very things he sang about on tape and reflected his own personal realities.
Yes, Michael really did encouter obessed, raging, and entitled women like the one he sang about on Billie Jean.
Yes, Stranger in Moscow really did describe how he was feeling at one of the lowest points of his life.
Yes, Heal The World and Earth Song really did express Michael's heartfelt desire to heal our planet and our people of uncessary pain and strife.
Michael is one of those artists who made you believe every word that he sang. And every word that he spoke. When he said that he loved you... you know that he meant it.