Adieu, King Of Pop
Tributes and accolades have begun pouring in from all over as Michael Jackson was a proverbial pied piper who impacted the world and sought to bring change in a world which he perceived as cruel and unfair. I expect awards shows et al.to follow suit shortly.
Personally, I grew up listening to, singing to, dancing to, and simply enjoying, the genius of the man. I am a proud owner of a lot of his LPs, cassettes, laser discs, CDs and DVDs. I think I have almost all his songs in my ipod. Although he had many personal troubles over the past decade, I couldn't quite get myself to dislike him or his music. I would still staunchly defend him despite heckling from friends and family.
I am happy and grateful to have seized the opportunity to see him perform live when he came over to do a concert in Manila. I knew then that I may never have the chance to do so again. As expected, that particular experience was one of wonder and amazement at the sheer brilliance, energy and artistry of the man.
With his loss, the world mourns a revered pop icon. His family lost a beloved son, brother and father, his friends a huge chunk of their heart and music fans an individual who, nothwithstanding personal tribulations, still sought to bring hope and inspiration to a world sorely in need. He leaves behind a legacy which crosses boundaries of race, religion, taste, gender and age. He revolutionalized the way music is made and experienced. For this, he's undoubtedly done good.
Goodnight, Michael. Thank you for everything.
Journey through some of his greatest performances:
Say Say Say
We Are The World
Black Or White
Man in The Mirror
Will You Be There
The Way You Make Me Feel
What More Can I Give (Live)
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