In Memoriam: Living In The Legend of Michael Jackson

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 11:06 PM

"Born to amuse, to inspire to delight,
Here one day, gone one night...

Like a sunset, dying with the rising of the moon
gone too soon..."

- Gone Too Soon, MJ, Dangerous album

It's not about whether I ever met Michael Jackson face to face, shook his hand or broke bread with him - I knew him. Through his musical journey, his life was an open book, the pages of which I clung to and hold in high regard. While it’s true that I may not have known the intimate portrait that the Jackson family shares, I knew the MJ that I needed to know – an inspiration, an activist, a hero. From a young age, I remember swooning over the epic robot in Moonwalker or rocking my 3D glasses during the Captain E.O. ride at Epcot Center in Disney World. I even remember the first time I actually understood the video concept of “Thriller”, yet the eerie concluding laughter still made me wanna sleep with a light on.

MJ has sold more records than any artist in history and his name is synonymous with entertainment. Remember the time when Scream rocked the world? An amazing team-up with baby sister Janet, the song and video sent a message across the world – “I am not to be messed with!” And you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t an Egyptian dancer when MJ disappeared into a cloud of golden pixie dust. I remember when he performed on the VMA’s for the first time with Dangerous and when he again took the stage with boy band N’Sync. I could run down memories all night but I won’t – I will say this: it's an honor to live in a time where a man like Michael Jackson changed the world. His achievements proved to us all that dreams are forever in our reach! From 6-years old to his passing at 50 and through generations to come, the world will never forget Michael Jackson – NEVER!

So this weekend as I put my 9-to-5 up on the shelf and try to enjoy myself (MJ taught me that), I'll remember the Michael that made me realize I was BAD. I’ll recount memories of that smooth criminal who’s presence was excellence and who stole the spotlight ANYWHERE he appeared, giving us music for 4 generations and inspiration to last until the end of time. The world sheds tears today for Michael Jackson, the largest music icon to ever touch a microphone and grace a stage. I grew up on his music, and now I live in his legacy. Rest In Peace Michael Jackson, a blessing to the world gone too soon.

2 comments and counting...

  1. Martini Said,

    *sniffle* that was beautiful.....

    Posted on June 26, 2009 at 9:10 AM

  2. Anonymous Said,

    This article made me tear. "You couldn't tell me I wasn't an eygptian dancer"-lol.
    Thank you. You said everything I wanted to say.

    Posted on October 12, 2009 at 4:20 PM


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