The way he made me feel.

Thursday, June 25, 2009




Today all of us are likely going to be blogging about the passing of the King of Pop, the one and only Michael Jackson (and on the same day as our favorite Charlie's Angel, unbelievable). Say what you will about him {and during all the child abuse accusations - I certainly did... the only thing I love more than pop music is children} but... he was one unique and talented man.

I was out eating sushi in my new neighborhood earlier this afternoon when I saw on twitter that MJ had died. I audibly gasped (I'm willing to bet that most of us did when we heard) and desperately wanted to talk to nearby diners to share in this great moment of pop loss. I'll never forget being a little girl and arguing with my cousin over which one of us was going to marry Michael. Seriously, this sometimes turned into a big, big fight and it was all because of the poster below.


Oh, man, he did it for us... big time... and so did this poster of my sister's. I'll never, ever forget when the world premiere of "Thriller" was going to air. (We didn't have MTV in our town when I was little, so it must have premiered on network television.) My mom and aunt promised my cousins and I that we could watch it, but then changed their minds after hearing it might be too scary. I'm not sure we ever recovered. However, my mom did let me put the Michael Jackson E.T. poster up in the kitchen. How weird is that? Thanks, Mama.


I'm going to choose to remember him just like he was during his Thriller heyday, long before he named one of his children after a blanket. No, scratch that. I choose instead to remember him as what he truly was to me, an ambassador for non-violence through dance. Too much? Nope. Just look at his videos for "Beat It" and "Bad." He invented the now infamous dance-off and for that, and for shaping the musical backdrop of my childhood, I thank him...

I can't believe we live in a world without Michael. For so many of us, he has been such a constant. He will be missed.

11 comments:

  1. Oh, me too... :( Someone on twitter said it's like no longer having McDonald's or Coca-Cola. Such a staple of the 80's. So true...

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  2. Great dedication post to him. It was definitely a shock and so sudden too! He was a pop LEGEND and will truly be missed.

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  3. So sad :( He was way too young to die.

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  4. That picture of MJ and ET defines my childhood. This is truly a sad day. His latest "comeback" was one of the things I was looking most forward to. He certainly left his mark on the world and on my life. (And you're right I blogged about this earlier too. :))

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  5. Well said. He may have passed on, but his spirit will live on forever. Legends never die.

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  6. his music was such a big part of my childhood, good stuff.

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  7. His music will live forever...

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  8. I had that pic in the yellow outfit in a folder that I cherished when I was little. What a fitting way to put it. It really was the musical backdrop of our childhood.

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  9. I totally agree, let's remember the Michael that made us want to get up and dance!
    Also, love the pic of MJ and ET...two of my childhood favorites!

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