This past week saw the passing of some entertainment legends. From Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon to The King of Pop - Michael Jackson. Wow - what a stinger for the business as a whole.
It was pretty amazing on Friday as I walked home from work. Every store had his music playing and loads of stores had posters and even 'Thriller' albums in their windows. I was proud that the company I work for did it's part to pay respect and got to play a small role in pushing through some memorial/homage to the man. I work for MTV and between MJ and Madonna - this channel was built and established.
From a life that nobody will ever be able to comprehend - to a career that surpassed all others before and there-after...he will be importalized as simply the best.
His music is and will always be relevant in this world. He may have been a flawed man in his day to day - but onstage and in the studio this was the greatest entertainer ever.
The best way to remember him is to listen to his music, watch his videos and remember what it was that grabbed you when you first heard it. Was it early Jackson 5? Was it 'Off the Wall' or was it the first time you saw the music video to 'Thriller'? Whatever it was - remember it - relive it and enjoy it!
Here's a quick top 5 MJ tunes that I know I will always cherish.
- Rock with You (1979)
- Human Nature (1983)
- Billy Jean (1983)
- Man in the Mirror (1988)
- You Rock My World (2001)
The single greatest on stage perfromance of all time. Watch it now!
In Memory of Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009
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