Today is the 2nd anniversary death of Michael Jackson. It marks a day of sadness for many of his fans. For others, it truly doesn’t matter. With tributes across the country, the outpourings of homages are being shared amongst his friends, family and fans.
As a tribute to this legendary artist, this is my accolade to Michael Jackson.
Personally, I think of his family on this day. The children he left behind, his devoted mother, his sisters and brothers. For grief never goes away, it lingers. On anniversaries, on birthdays, and on special occasions we are reminded that our earthly lives are short. In time, each of us will face our own mortality.
To me, Michael Jackson was a true legend. He left a great legacy in his music. The lyrics tell the story. He had a talent far beyond what any of us could imagine. He had a gift, a special ability to see the world as it should be. He had dreams of a world that evolved around love. Watch the video tribute (left) of the “Man in the Mirror,” listen to the lyrics, a desperate plea.
He was misunderstood and undervalued, in America, most of all.
As I grew up listening to the Jackson 5, I watched them on television. Followed their cartoon show as a kid, I remember the Jacksons. Who could forget those fantastic Jackson moves? The dance steps everyone tried to mimic, like the robot and “Dancing Machine.” Those early songs are engraved in every fan’s heart.
Worldwide, Michael’s fans adore him. He was accepted in many other countries outside the USA. His legendary status changed the video music industry. His Thriller album continues to sell. It was ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Beat It’ and ‘Thriller’ that took over the video craze in the early 80’s. Those videos topped the charts on MTV and introduced the world to video music.
I got a chance to meet the Jacksons back in 1976. In the early days of their career, they were in Chicago signing autographs for their latest album. I’ll never forget standing in line to meet these guys. They were just ordinary young men with a dream.
Michael was very shy in the public. On stage his performances were anything but introverted. He was confident and commanded attention. In his last performance, “This is it” one can see his leadership yet passivity. He showcased his performance in high regard, a perfectionist perhaps. He valued his fans, his music, his artistry and his family.
On this 2nd anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing, this has been my tribute.
May his memory live on forever. May he rest in peace. Michael Jackson (8/29/58 – 6/25/09)