Michael Jackson RIP

Michael Jackson’s passing at the age of 50 is more than sad, it’s a tragedy, especially for those of us who discovered pop through his classic songs, and for the forty-something’s whose youth will always be conjured up when listening to “Beat It” or “Thriller”. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Jackson’s light may have gone out, but those who wanted him to recover the limelight he once held, their wish may come true with yet another round of air play while the world mourns the loss of this giant of music.


I was lucky to be one of those 80’s and 90’s yuppie-Jackson-followers who couldn't stop dancing to “Don't stop 'Til You Get Enough”. Working and living in London in 1987, at the height of the King of Pop’s career, I feel lucky to have made it to one of his concerts at Wembley Stadium where a veritable sea of people (504,000 people attended seven sold-out shows breaking a Guinness World Record) filled the playing field to watch the single-gloved singer glide across the stage in his iconic moonwalk dance move. Two straight hours of dancing in my seat is one of the life-long memories I treasure and share with my kids. When they were younger, dancing in the living room trying to do the “moonwalk” and watching the “Thriller” music video are memorable Jackson moments I introduced them to as well. My two teens grew to appreciate the joy in each of Jackson’s melodies partly because the fun was contagious around our house when we played ‘Wanna Be Startin Something” or “Black or White” full blast.



The Glove went on the auction block during Jackson's financial crisis.

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Michael Jackson’s death was sudden and unexpected, unlike his career which met and surpassed expectations. From age five to 50, Jackson gave the world five decades of talent, songs, music and a few unanswered questions, but undeniably, Michel Jackson passed on leaving us the ageless sounds of memories likely created while “Man in the Mirror” was playing in the background.

Thank You Michael Jackson.






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