June 25th, 2009
A legend left us today. Arguably the most talented and most influential pop music entertainer of the 20th century, Michael Jackson, died today. He was 50. Like everyone, I was in shock when I heard the news. Some people followed today’s developments from the beginning, but by the time I heard anything, he was gone.
Michael Jackson was one of my favorite performers growing up. He was larger than life when I was a teenager in the 1980s. There was the roof-raising, moonwalking performance at Motown 25 in 1983. There was the brilliant video for “Thriller”, which in the early days of MTV, was coupled with a “making of” documentary. He could dance, he could sing, he could wow a crowd with his charisma. He was a natural, a genius.
There will never be another performer to single-handedly captivate an audience like Michael Jackson. He will be missed.