Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009)

To be honest, I’m not sure how to feel about Michael Jackson’s passing. Granted, when I was a child hurtling toward 7 or 8 years of age, Jackson’s “Thriller” video was the absolute rage as it was a one-of-a-kind dance event with a storyline and direction from an actual filmmaker, (John Landis for those of you not in “the know”). It was a big deal and deservedly so, as MTV was still in its relative infancy and, through “Thriller,” became more of a pop culture presence. At the time, Jackson was a credible hit machine: talented, charismatic and much loved.

Then, soon after, as he became the poster boy for surgical do not’s and a regular dietary necessity for the paparazzi, his music was more of an afterthought and his alleged and suspected involvement with children damaged his reputation. Having said that, while I’ve scanned the internet and seen the outpouring of heartfelt “we’ll miss you”’s and RIPs from fans and the public alike, for me it seems as if Jackson passed on over twenty years ago. The sparkling gloved performer, once the smiling cherub-faced little boy from the Jackson 5, hadn’t existed in years and it feels as if THIS is the Michael Jackson we’ll all miss.

Not to step on the life and legacy of a legend, but it’s unfortunate that the last twenty plus years will exist to overshadow his accomplishments. If there’s any consolation to be had, it’s that since 1984, there’s hasn’t been another performer like him. Through the muck of imitations without half the heart or ability, Michael Jackson remains the King Of Pop. Chances are, that crown can be buried with him.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

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