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Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson and me

Michael Jackson
My first memory of Michael Jackson was when he had won his Grammy for the "Thriller" album. My family had then bought the Grammy Awards cassette tape, a collection of 20 (I think) of the winning songs from the year. Two of those songs were "Beat It" and "Billie Jean". And they were so good that my sister and I added them to our own mixtapes. (And yes, I'm that old!)

Then, for a moment, I stopped listening to his songs because I learned that he was a Jehovah's Witness and his albums supposedly made use of "backward masking". But as I grew older and more discerning, I came to enjoy his songs for what they were: fun, little ditties that got me dancing (though I don't dance).

It was also around this time that I became a big fan of his song, "Heal the World", for its strong message of hope. Through some reason, this song came out at the time that Superman died in the landmark Superman #75 comic. As a result, when I hear the song or read the comic, I'm reminded of the other.

I don't remember when, but I remember being amazed at his music video, no, short film for his "Bad" album, in particular, the segment for "Smooth Criminal". The part when he and his dancers leaned forward at an impossible angle harkened back to his other slick dance move, the legendary Moonwalk, which I never failed to perfect.

A few years back, I finally decided to put down some good money for his "HIStory" album. It was a collection of his hit songs, and listening to it was like taking a trip down memory lane.

And this is what I'll remember the King of Pop for. Not his bizarre antics or his ever-changing appearance or his criminal trials. Like many fans, I'll remember him for his music. My parents' generation had Elvis Presley, we'll have Michael Jackson.

RIP Michael Jackson.



Anonymous said...

Nice words man !
We'll certainly remember MJ the same way. Always for the nice songs and dancing and never for the falts he had in life. We all make mistakes, why didn't he ?

We'll miss him 4 ever, however, he'll always be around us with his magic and dancing songs !

Add me @ msn -->

Bye !

Yuhui said...

Hey Carlitos, good to know that there are others who appreciated Michael Jackson more for his creative genius than anything else.

Roxie said...

Yap. He was the greatest performer of this generation. I too am very sad about his passing. I still cry myself to sleep up to now. I wake up sobbing at 7am when I just finished crying at 4am. I was devastated and I can’t even talk to my friends about it coz they thought I was faking it. So I find it hard to get over the pain coz there’s no one to talk to. I came here to look for people whom I can share the same grief with. I love MJ so much. He is an inspiration. He makes me wanna be a better person. To care for other people. I will forever try to carry in me the same goodness he showed to a lot of people. Here in the Philippines, a fan joined a game show which was giving a tribute to MJ and he said “If you came by my bed tonight, I’ll come with you.” I was deeply moved. I love you Michael!=(

Roxie said...

Read this post. It upsets me but it's funny. It got me wondering for a while but of course, I still believe the one who died a few weeks ago was the real MJ. I respect their opinion but I just can't help but be sad there had to be this kind of speculations after his death. They could've told this when MJ was still alive and could've defended himself.

Yuhui said...

Hey Roxie, thanks for sharing!

Roxie said...


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