Black Music Month: Michael Jackson – An irreplaceable icon

Over the last few months, it seems that record labels and concert promoters have really been busy trying to duplicate Michael Jackson’s music and appearance. His posthumous album Xscape was recently released to overwhelming success and he appeared as a hologram at last month’s Billboard Music Awards.

It’s all good and dandy that MJ admirers want to keep his music and spirit alive, but trying to duplicate a legend cannot be done. Trying to release what “they think” Jackson would have approved of is not right. And continuing to make a big fuss over his “alleged” love affairs and lawsuits is just plain disrespectful.

The five year anniversary of Jackson’s death can be very hard to fathom, especially since his death was so unexpected and tragic. But, instead of doing what record execs and the entertainment masses all think he may have wanted, they should do like the rest of MJ fans, and just let him rest in peace and continue to honor his immense musical legacy.

So today, as his music is played in rotation,  articles are written about him, and tributes are held, let’s focus on and remember all the music Jackson created while he was with us. And remember the incredible influence he had and continues to have on artists.

“People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It’s like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.”
― Michael Jackson

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.

Check out previous MJ tributes on Roots Rhythm and Ryhme:

Celebrating the life and legacy of Michael Jackson

Never can say goodbye: Memories of Michael




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