It's no surprise that Michael Jackson's sudden death is bringing such mixed reactions. In some ways he was so great and then at other times, so strange. But there is no denying the contributions he made to the world. This is a man that hasn't released a new album since 2001 and hasn't been on tour since 1997. I'm sure many people are much like myself and hadn't even listened to his albums recently (I still can't find my MJ CD's!). Yet when I heard he died, all I wanted to do was to listen to his music. Like the old saying, "you don't realize what you have until it's gone," his music sounded better than I had ever heard it.
Maybe that's because when someone dies, even someone surrounded in controversy, we choose to remember the good. And even with all of the bad that came with Michael Jackson, there was SO much good!
You can hear him grow up in his music. You can hear pop music evolve through his music. He was without a doubt an extremely talented man.
His music has spanned so many generations. I wasn't even born when the Thriller Album was released, but I listened to it non-stop in college.
His passing is very sad, but for a man that seemed so tortured in his later years, hopefully now he is resting in peace.
I, like most other people, am listening to a lot of MJ these days. It's funny how the songs seem a bit different now that he's gone.
My favorite Michael Jackson song is "Man in the Mirror." What's yours?