@michaeljackson #gonetoosoon but will forever live in hearts

Cover of "King of Pop: Japan"

True Story – On June 23, 2009 I was speaking with a friend who said he would be sad if a certain comedian died.  He then asked me which celebrity I would miss.  Without hesitation I answered “Michael Jackson“.  There was no second guessing, not even ‘you know who else I would miss’. It was one answer. Michael Jackson.   So as you can image, I was stunned when a mere two days later, I was sitting in my car, listening to the radio and hear the song playing stop midway through with breaking news via TMZ that “Michael Jackson has been taken to the hospital”.

Though I was shocked to hear it, I figured he was exhausted from preparing for his upcoming show and I was confident he would be fine in a few days. Besides, this was coming from TMZ. Don’t get me wrong, I like watching their show now and then but it’s no CNN.  Little did I know how much that report would affect me and how I would have a new-found respect for TMZ (well…sort of).

I immediately called a good friend to tell her the news.  Years prior, she had warned me that she would be devastated when MJ dies.  She would wear the leather red jacket and silver glove, listening to his old records (yes vinyl) in his honour.  I called her to notify her of what was going on.  The first thing she said – “I’ll believe it when CNN reports it”.  The final reports came in that the King of Pop was dead.

We all know how the rest pans out.  Needless to say, I could go on and on about how many memories I have from all Michael’s songs.  I’m a child of the 80’s so I lucked out with experiencing a lot of “firsts” from him.  I still remember the first time Michael ever did the Moonwalk on the Grammy’s.  My family was in awe of how cool it looked to see him glide backwards across the stage.

Yes, many of today’s performer’s have perfected and even improved on to it but without Michael, they wouldn’t have had to up their game to the level they’re at today.  Just as Michael studied and admired James Brown, you can see the love and respect that the Chris Browns and Ushers of the world have for MJ.

I could write endlessly about his music but I’ll stop (for fear of starting to ramble on and revealing deep dark secrets that have nothing to do with this at all).

I have too many “Favourite” Michael Jackson songs to mention.  So here are some that are high on my list.

Rock with You

Don’t Stop ‘Til you Get Enough

The Grammy Performance of Billy Jean – 1st Moonwalk (at 2:37)