Two Years Later: Still No Words For The Loss of MJ
Has there been any celebrity whose death has had as profound an impact as the death of Michael Jackson’s? Many have impacted us; however, I cannot remember any in my lifetime that have impacted the world in this manner.
A look back…
To a time when VHS was the in thing, being little, I can vaguely remember the excitement bursting through the door. That excitement was my Uncle Chris, his face lit up the room. He wore a jacket that I wanted really bad, it was loaded to the teeth with zippers; it was gray and so cool. Yes, it was the Beat It jacket. What was he so excited about, he held a case in his hand with a man wearing a bright red jacket surrounded by a bunch of zombies. Zombies? Cool! I instantly wanted to watch this.
Not only was I treated to zombies, I remembered hearing the catchiest tune accompanying the imagery on the screen. I saw a young guy on the screen who was dancing with the zombies. I was mesmerized, never before had I seen anyone dance like that in my life. I couldn’t even see his feet moving, that was a testimonial to the quickness, the agility, the sharp movement and overall perfection in every single element of this masterpiece.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
That was my first experience ever having watched, Michael Jackson; the King of Pop. I wore that video out, my grandfather ended up pulling a Jimmy Hoffa on that video. I never saw it again.
From that point forward, I made it a point to never miss a new MJ video. In my family as it was in millions of other homes, it was an event that we all gathered around the TV set to watch. I was mesmerized and placed in a state of awe during every video; his talent beyond anything was abnormal.
The first time I had ever seen MJ do the moonwalk solidified to me that is was the most talented individual in the world, or at least in my opinion. He managed to make everything he did on the stage look so easy, no matter how painful and exhausting it might have been or much energy it might’ve taken.
MJ was unique in that sense; he could harness all the energy in the room, all of the love from his fans and use that to do everything that he could to make sure that he gave a heart stopping performance each and every single time. No one today can dance like him; Chris Brown is not MJ so I wish people would stop saying that.Continued on the next page