Remember where you were where 9/11 happened, or when Barack Obama was name the first black president? Remember those certain moments in life where you’ll never forget where you were? I was not born when John F. Kennedy was shot and Walter Cronkite announces his death to the world, or when Theodore Roosevelt told the world the US was entering into World War II (but your grandparents do). I certainly was not around when the king of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley died, but I do remember when the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died. I remember that day rather well. My mother had said that Michael Jackson was in the hospital and died (this was when the news first said he was in the hospital). I didn’t believed he died at all. I watched the news as I got ready for work. Two hours into my shift, I remember the customers just talking about how Michael Jackson had just died, after it had been confirmed. I was in shock- yes I know thousands of people die everyday- but it was like he was like a member of the family, the one who has been there since we were kids. The world watched him grow up. We seen him go from black to white. I grew on his music. Hell, I even seen the Jackson 5 movie about 3289108480 times (no lie). It was a shock, especially since Farrah Fawcett had died only hours earlier. For days afterwards, radio stations would play his music nonstop. MTV, VH1, and BET dedicated days to just playing his videos and movies. And news stations played nonstop coverage about him (after a while it got to the point to where they should have been covering more important stuff). And of course, he had that star studded memorial service.
No matter how his life was-his skin changes, plastic surgeries, odd behaviors, and court battles- there is one thing that cannot be denied: he made great music. He was one, if not, the best selling artist of his time. He made music that is still being played today. He has influenced countless artists to go out and make music. He has raised money for numerous charities through the use of his music. Michael Jackson was a great man and entertainer who helped to contribute great music to the world. He has joined the ranks of other great artist who were gone before their times, but continue to live on through generations.
I leave you with one of Michael Jackson’s most memorable song:
Shiny and sparkly, and splendidly bright. Here one day, gone one night. Like the loss of sunlight on a cloudy afternoon, gone too soon
RIP MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON.
August 22, 1958-June 25, 2009