What do you say after something like that?
I know a lot of people have decried the phenomenon that is Michael Jackson these past couple of weeks.
At times, I've been right there with them. Overkill. Too much. Too often. Enough.
But I was also a longtime fan of Michael Jackson, as I mentioned in a post when I first heard the news, and though I was more than happy to stay far away from downtown LA today, I, too, wanted to see MJ be given an appropriate farewell.
And though there's been a lot of hullaballoo about the memorial service -- the traffic, the tickets, the crowds, the money, and so on -- it was easy to forget in all this that a family and friends lost a loved one.
I think Brooke Shields reminded all of us of that.
Her words and the pain she expressed at the loss of her friend...well, it was not only heartfelt, it was downright heartbreaking.
Shield's comments were very revealing, not only about her friendship with Michael Jackson, but also about the loneliness and perversion of childhood celebrity.
That may ought be the most important lesson and legacy Michael Jackson leaves in his wake.
To everyone who was involved in the ceremony -- the Jackson family, the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD, AEG -- thank you.
It was a beautiful and very tastefully done memorial service, and the performances -- from Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, brother Jermaine -- were all quite moving.
After all the hype, the reality and sadness of the moment was revealed with humanity and respect, and MJ's daughter Paris' emotional goodbye reminds us that in the end, several children lost their father.
No amount of mass mediated or social mediated or other hyperbolic media can eliminate that sense of loss.
Even as Michael reminded us from the great beyond, that though our hearts are aching we should all continue to smile.