MICHAEL JACKSON (1958 – 2009)
By now we all know of the tragic news of Michael Jackson’s death. While condolences & jokes abound the fact remains 3 children lost their father today & the world lost perhaps the greatest musical icon since Elvis Presley. While the trials & tribulations of the past 20 years have ruined his once sparkling reputation, the music he gave the world is the enduring legacy he leaves behind.
I can only speak from personal experience. Michael Jackson was my childhood. Thriller is one of the best albums of all time. Every song but one on that album was a hit. Michael Jackson suffered from many things including a poor self image. Whether he did many of the things he was accused of is a matter to be discussed on other sites. I choose to focus on the music he gave us. My favorite song of M.J.’s has always been “Human Nature“. It is a beautiful song with lyrics that really strike a chord with me. I never got to see him live, though I had the chance to as a small boy before convincing my mother to leave cause I was sick of waiting in line. One of the greatest regrets of my life was doing that. Sometimes I wish my mom would’ve just said no, but alas it was not to be. So, today, I mourn the music the man created & the musical legacy he leaves behind. Rest in Peace Michael Jackson.