Michael Jackson August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009
Yesterday, the world lost a legend. We lost another part of our cultural DNA. Whatever you feel about Michael Jackson personally one thing is for sure; his life represented memories we cherish. I think one of the reasons why Michael’s death sadly affected those of us who never even met him is because a piece of our childhoods and tightly held memories died with him yesterday.
I believe the concept of ‘losing our childhoods’ has profound meaning at this very moment. So many of us mourn the loss of our childhoods with Michael Jackson’s passing. Ironically, we just lost what MJ probably never had, and perhaps that’s why we mourn and feel entirely connected to a man we never even meant.
Michael songs are most certainly the soundtrack to my life. Written in my music biography, I mention how I was born during a time when Michael Jackson’s Thriller “was a cultural upheaval,” an indication of how his music, at its arguable greatest, marked the beginning of my life and love for music.
No other artist will ever be able to replicate Michael’s style and musical genius. Despite never meeting him or even seeing him in concert, I’m proud that we shared a lifetime together. And I’m hopeful that when I see my dad, I’ll also get the chance to meet Michael one day, somewhere, some place magical.
For now, here’s to you Michael.
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**UPDATE 10:45 pm EST June 26, 2009
I just checked on iTunes for shits and giggles to see if people were buying Michael Jackson’s music. The screen grabs below tell the story. Simply amazing.
June 26, 2009