As I sit here punching the keyboard I am in a total state of shock and sadness that Michael Jackson has died today at the age of 50. I will remember him for many things both good and bad but above all else I will remember him for the wonderful and timeless music that he made.
Although it was more than 25 years ago, I can still remember being scared and running out of the room when watching the Thriller video as a child. I’ll never forget sitting there in amazement when I first saw him moonwalk across the stage while singing Billie Jean at the Motown 25th Anniversary show. He was the first “cool” musician I can ever recall in my life. The man was like no other. He was the greatest performer of my generation. He transcended the art form of music and entertainment.
While it’s his music that I will think of first and foremost, I will also recall his contributions to humanity. He wrote “We Are The World” and was able to bring together many great musicians to record the song and most importantly help people in need from all corners of the Earth. He was recognized by world leaders for his contributions to humanity.
Michael Jackson was not without fault. Despite all of the wonderful things that I will remember him for, I can’t forget the scandals in his life due to his alleged behavior with children. Although he was never convicted of those charges, at some point when I think of him, the image of his statements proclaiming innocence against a red back drop will forever be burned into my eyes.
All of us are far from perfect and have our faults. When our time comes, most of us hope that we will be remembered for the good we did and for the positive impacts that we had on society and those around us. On that note I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of Michael Jackson and lastly I would like to say thank you for the good you did in the world. Thank you for the happiness that you made me feel when I listened to your music. Thank you for the joy that I felt when I watched you perform. The world is a sadder and less entertaining place without you. Rest in peace Michael Jackson. You’ll never be forgotten, but you will be missed.