This One’s Killing ME Softly

All of these people had a hand in making Marlo Thomas’s Free to Be You and Me that I referred to here yesterday. Among them were:

(deep breath)

 Alan Alda, Harry Belafonte, Mel Brooks, Rita Coolidge, Billy DeWolfRosey Grier, Michael Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, Tommy Smothers, Dionne Warwick, Cicely Tyson, Carol Channing, The New Seekers and – whew! – The Voices of East Harlem.

BUT! the one whose participation – and image – move me the most is Michael Jackson seen below as a skinny boy singing one of the sweetest songs on the album with no less a crooner than Roberta Flack of Killing Me Softly fame.

I have to admit it killed me softly.What happened? What dark forces played on this  child to rob him of peace of mine, and a sense of self-worth and, by the end even of sleep?

I watch this short clip and find myself wishing someone could have stepped in and helped him somehow, just when he was at his height, right after the Thriller years.