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On Michael Jackson's Death

by DLFerguson (writer), Brooklyn, New York, June 25, 2009

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Here in Brooklyn, windows of cars, houses and apartments are wide open. And the music of Michael Jackson is pouring out of all of them.

Michael Jackson was the architect of the soundtrack for an entire generation. "King Of Pop" was too limiting for him as far as I'm concerned. And maybe that's because I grew up with Michael. I truly felt that he was a member of my family. I remember seeing him and his brothers singing "The Love You Save" on "The Ed Sullivan Show". I remember going to see "Ben" at The Metropolitan on Fulton Street and singing along with Michael Jackson when the theme song played at the end of the movie.

I remember going to a "Thriller" party when the mini-film directed by John Landis debuted on MTV. This was back in the day when music videos were truly events and the debut of a Michael Jackson video on MTV was something you took off work from, you postponed any appointment, you put off sex for, you simply just stopped whatever you were doing because it was Michael Jackson.

I don't usually get upset when I hear about the death of a celebrity. Generally because they're so far removed from my reality I just say 'meh' and go on about about my business.

But not Michael Jackson.

I grew up with him.



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By Teresa Montez on June 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I couldn't agree with you more, Michael Jackson was much more than a celebrity.  Both in terms of his talent and innovation and in just how much he seemed like part of our lives there was no other like him. R.I.P. 

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