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Michael Jackson: A 'Thriller' till the very end

June 25th, 2009

Shock. Disbelief. Totally unexpected.
Michael Jackson’s death will be logged in all our minds like the earlier passing of iconic show biz types — Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, on a national scale; Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Genoa Keawe, on a local note — with stunning surprise.
You’ll never forget how you heard about it, what you were doing when the news hit. Yep, just like the John F. Kennedy assassination.
Some figures are larger than life, so their deaths take on a magnitude and life of its own.
Cable TV and Internet sources play a huge role in disseminating and dissecting the news. You cherish and reminisce what you adored about the icon, you shelve and discard all the negatives.
That the world is mourning and sharing remembrances about Michael Jackson tells you: His star has been one of the brightest in the galaxy.
Ten reasons why we salute and miss the King of Pop:
• “Thriller:” The killer of all MTV videos. ‘Nuff said. Defined and ignited the music biz like never before.
• The single glove: Who’d have thought of creating a fashion trend with half a pair of anything?
• “We Are the World:” At a time the world needed, he contributed (collaborating with Lionel Richie) a song of humanity and hope, and didn’t we all sing it in praise of USA (United Support of Artists) for Africa?
• Peter Pan syndrome: He called his now tarnished wonderland Neverland, a place where you never grow old — a dream we’ve all thought about.
• Moonwalk: He may not have invented it, but he mastered the maneuver of the glide.
• His body of work: Perhaps prophetically, most of Jackson’s album titles — from 1972 to 2001 — sum up his culture and his career: “Got To Be There,” “Music and Me,” “Forever, Michael,” “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Dangerous,” “HIStory,” “Invicible.”
• Top seller: “Thriller” was his best-selling album ever, with sales more than 100 million; the death will inflate the whole Jackson catalogue.
• A man of many anthems and styles: Pick any one of his solo and family hits — "Billie Jean," “ABC,” “I’ll Be There,” “Ben,” “Man in the Mirror,” “I Want You Back,” “Got to Be There,” “Rock With You,” you fill in your personal fave — and you’ll sample the spectrum and spectacle of his greatnes.
• Wacko Jacko: He was, um, different. The insecurity, the fame, the abnormal white skin. His normal was not ours, which put him in his a league of his own.
• American idol: Jackson was possibly the biggest American idol who grew up in front of our eyes, not through a reality show, but a child star with the Jackson Five who evolved on TV and matured in concert appearances through his solo career. A reality that was ...unreal.

2 Responses to “Michael Jackson: A 'Thriller' till the very end”

  1. Michael:

    Hey, have you seen this news article?
    New details about Michael Jackson's Death Emerge
    I was wondering if you were going to blog about this...

  2. moke young:


    This is a fluent piece of writing and I can sense the Michael Jackson glide in your words that are cleverly linked and in my mind your passion emits Aloha too.

    The best I've seen in awhile.


    Billy Jean's got my love....! Yeh!

    I don't know how I would act if I had lived the life of Michael Jackson and believe that many would have passed long before; I'd be out of control!

    You highlighted many of Mike's achievements that I forgot about and why I know so many have been influenced one way or another hands down!

    Amazing stuff.

    I loved hearing that Michael didn't leave very much on the table and his monetary wealth spent because what we put back into society means a whole lot more.

    It's the spiritual character of Michael Jackson that impresses me most and the fact that he was decisive in thought, a trail-blazer with a huge sense of imagination that bred innovative ideas and while creating new benchmarks for many a young artist to chase!

    He helped to shape a culture with his talent, blunders and worldwide activism.

    You're only as good as those around you and believed that he deserved better. I can only imagine how many salivated over is bank accounts.

    The more that I think about this subject, I come to realize how much I have been influence by Michael Jackson. Back in grade school, his music really made me want to fall in love with that dream girl and it raised your spirits not to mention testosterone levels!

    You made mention of understanding where you were & what you were doing at the time during unplanned tragedies and for me, yesterday, I celebrated my 49th birthday & will always remember vividly the works of:

    Farrah Fawcett whom I admired like many young men

    White House Luau by Barack Obama and the power of Aloha

    Michael Jackson, The King of Pop & his sharp rise building a culture

    My condolences to all of the family and supporters of Michael Jackson while hoping too that many will step up to the plate and keep his legacy going.

    It's an awesome American story that will never be over shadowed.

    Keep up the awesome flow in your writing while applying spontaneity & a genuine sense for facts.

    It reminds me of riding a nice big wave from way out all the way to the sand while picking your board up all in one motion heading to the shower!

    I saw this big Hawaiian doing one day at Makaha Surfing beach in the early seventies and told myself that when I get big I will do the same because that's a surfing benchmark that very few achieve.

    With Aloha,

    Moke Young

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