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RIP Michael Jackson: The King Of Pop

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Posted by shore On June - 26 - 2009

ripmichaeljackson@AndyShore Yesterday, as news began to break on Twitter of Michael Jackson’s passing, I was in the middle of watching Ghostbusters with some friends. We quickly switched the movie off and began flipping through news stations, trying to find out what had happened. CNN was only reporting that he had sustained cardiac arrest, and then that he was in a coma. The only source reporting his death was TMZ.

 

We sat through moronic interviews with random fans at his home and at the hospital. We listened to Wolf Blitzer discuss MJ’s iconic career, and put up with him cutting off every single music video they played early. Finally, it was official. The King of Pop had passed away at the age of 50. This morning Toure, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, tweeted this: “Over the last two decades Mike’s musical legacy has gotten overshadowed by his weirdness. It’s time to liberate the music and celebrate that.” Heeding his advice, this is my testament to the music of Michael Jackson and the great effect it has had on me.

 

I often give my parents credit for my passion for music. My dad made sure I knew the Who, the Rolling Stones and the rest of the classic rock greats. My first concert was the Who doing Quadrophenia when I was in 5th grade. I grew up listening to Dick Biondi on Oldies 104.3 in the car with my mom. I believe this is where my deeply rooted love of Motown and Girl Groups began. Interestingly enough, my mom’s first concert was the Jackson 5. No doubt I have Little Michael to thank for sparking that love of music for my mom.

 

While the first cassette I ever received was MC Hammer, I had every single Michael Jackson album on cassette. I played them endlessly on the boom box my parents got me for my room. I knew every word, and would crank up the volume and sing at the top of my lungs. Anybody that has ever driven in a car with me for any period of time can attest to my love of this activity.

 

I can’t say I was alive for the Motown 25 celebration that featured the debut of the Moon Walk in 1983, but I do recall the famous 1993 interview with Oprah. I was nine at the time, but I still remember them showing that he was actually doing the Moon Walk, and that it wasn’t smoke and mirrors. I even remember being at Epcot as a tike and seeing Caption EO. I think the 3D may have scared me, not gonna lie.

 

As my knowledge and appreciation of music has grown, so too has my admiration for the music of Michael Jackson. One of the most amazing parts of yesterday was seeing how many generations were touched by him. My parents first fell in love with Michael Jackson as a kid in the Jackson 5. I discovered Michael Jackson as my passion for music first began to burn. There are few artists that have a career that spans so long, yet Michael Jackson’s seemed to have ended to soon.

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