Believe it or not, not everyone in the world cares about the death of Michael Jackson.

I don’t.  My boyfriend doesn’t.  Except for the Jackson Five performances on TV when I was little (I love harmony) I did not like Jackson’s music.  I’m sorry for the family’s loss, but that’s it.

My supervisor at my job informed me of Jackson’s death.  I was somewhat surprised because of his age, but was not thrown into the depths of despair.  Everyone around me was surprised at my reaction.

My eldest mentioned him on a post in Facebook.  She likes his music.  That’s fine for her.

Will anyone care when we lose Itzhak Perlman or Yo Yo Ma?  Or other great classical performers?  I will also be sad to lose some of the great folk singers and Broadway musical stars.  Maybe some of you will, too.

I respectfully reserve the right not to mourn Michael Jackson or listen to any of his music.

This does not make me a bad person, just, perhaps, different from you.

Wendy Weber

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