Goodbye Michael Jackson
As most late end baby boomers I listened to and loved Michael Jackson’s music. His earlier albums more than his latest but I still liked his sound. It made you move and want to dance! Like most of you I was shocked to hear of his passing. I may not weep in the streets or take flowers to his childhood home, but there was a connection to my young adult years from his music. Knowing he’s gone brings sadness.
I struggled with the morality and truth of the decisions he made in his adult life. I felt betrayed that the memory of what he was to so many was now tainted. But I hope his legacy will be about the music more so than the strangeness. His music was enjoyed by so many and grounds were broken by his stardom.
My daughter Lindsay called to see if I had heard. In dance classes they both warmed their muscles and enveloped new steps to the sounds of “Beat It”, “Jam”, “Billie Jean” and others. “Thriller” was used more than once in their dance recitals and usually as the finale dance! They both enjoyed his music. Hearing Lindsay stunned learning of his death expresses the depth of his reach and influence.
I will always remember Michael Jackson as he looked during the Thriller album. When I think of him….my minds-eye will gaze there! You will be missed!