I rewatched some of the MJ Memorial footage and the cameramen got some pretty good close-ups of all the famous people who took to the stage. Our seats were great - within throwing distance of the stage, but not close enough to see any fake eyelashes. We were in the 11th row, aisle seats and I could have rolled a bottle down the stairs next to me and bopped Lionel and Nicole Ritchie in the head.
The service was very touching, and the addition of the family members made it very personal. I teared up about as many times as we stood in applause (a lot of times). Al Sharpton's speech was the most powerful, Brooke Shields was rambling but endearing, Paris Jackson the most heartwrenching and raw. That congresswoman from Texas loved the sound of her own speech way too much. Jennifer Hudson's performance was my favorite and she blew Mariah Carey out of the water.
When it was over, M. had to use the restroom, so I waited in the foyer as the crowds spilled out. It was so odd to be in an entertainment arena surrounded by so many people, with this reserved, respectful hush
hanging in the air.
I don't know...I'm sure you've all seen every angle of this memorial covered. I'm just glad we were there.
Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28767303@N00/sets/72157620978177413/
We took Mike's pocket cam because it was sneakier, but I could have brought the SLR with super zoom for all they seemed to care.