For the past two years, I have written about an artist who transformed music and popular culture with his rough, velvety voice, eclectic sound and unique style.
Unfortunately, the reason for my writing about this artist was not just to gush over how amazing he was, or critique one of his iconic albums, or to share a hilarious story of having tried to copy one of his intricate dance moves.
Instead, my purpose for writing was to pay homage to him because of his untimely death, which sent shock waves throughout the world. It seems like it was just yesterday that the breaking new reports flashed across the television screen that the King of Pop had been declared dead as a result of cardiac arrest.
June 25,2009 is a day that I, as well as many will never forget. However, the year itself was not just filled with sadness, but with celebratory moments in which fans from across the world expressed their love for his music, praised his philanthropic ways, and displayed their gratitude for him and the enormous impact he had on popular music.
I’m sure there were many who went a step further and broke out into red jackets and white gloves, rocked a fedora, and tried to moon walk across the room while jamming to”Billie Jean” or another signature MJ song.
As I have reiterated in every tribute article I have written about Jackson, we should not get wrapped up in misery when the anniversary of his death comes around, but instead we should celebrate the life of a musical genius who found new ways to push music forward and further bridge the gap between R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and popular music.
Even though I still get a tense feeling of nostalgia whenever writing, listening or even thinking about Michael Jackson, it brings me joy knowing that I can continue to cherish and uphold his legacy by playing his music or finding songs of his that I have never heard before.
For the past few years, my friends and I have made it a tradition to celebrate MJ day by going to an event that celebrates Jackson, by blasting his music at obscene levels, or by playing “Michael Jackson: The Experience “on the Nintendo Wii.
This past weekend, Jackson’s enormous song catalog was in heavy rotation on radio stations across the country, and I’m sure today will be filled with commemorations from universal media outlets.
However you choose to celebrate the life and legacy of MJ, just keep in mind that he is a musician who can never be duplicated or be considered outdated.
“If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with”– Michael Jackson
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