R.I.P. Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Right before my band and I got loaded up for a gig in Berkeley, we got the sad news that Michael Jackson had died at UCLA Medical Center in California after being rushed there following cardiac arrest. We got through the gig without any major mention of the event, and the second I got home I watched about two hours of CNN coverage of the tragedy. Sad day for the music world, but hopefully he can finally get some peace from a tumultuous life lead in the public eye.

Last night I ended up reflecting on how much I loved the Jackson’s 5 music without ever purchasing anything from their back catalog, so to honor the true talent of this legend, I’ll link to one of my favorite Jackson 5 songs. Feel free to drop comments if you’re a fan that has a good Michael Jackson memory from your own life. I don’t have many besides me and my buddies trying to learn the Thriller dance in middle school so that we could bust it out totally spontaneously if we were ever walking in the halls together, but this was also around the time that I had a tremendous obsession with “The Humpty Dance” and taking on a psuedo-Humpty public persona to get laughs out of people whenever I needed to. Life might have been easier back then.

R.I.P. Jacko. You will be missed.

THE JACKSON 5 “THE LOVE YOU SAVE” [YouTube]

  • http://charleneneill.webs.com/ charlene neill

    R.I.P Michael jackson, we are going to miss you with all our hearts, and dont you worry we will be keeping your music alive for ever, even in our kitchen in our home, my mum grew up watching your every look, song and events, she’s the same age as you, she was in tears but what we know is you will never be forgotten. . .we lit candles for you today! RIP xx

  • http://charleneneill.webs.com/ charlene neill

    R.I.P Michael jackson, we are going to miss you with all our hearts, and dont you worry we will be keeping your music alive for ever, even in our kitchen in our home, my mum grew up watching your every look, song and events, she’s the same age as you, she was in tears but what we know is you will never be forgotten. . .we lit candles for you today! RIP xx

  • http://www.toast-jam.com Snalf

    for me two things hit hard. . .i have had so many people in their 30 – 50s tell me that they feel like a big part of their childhood was wiped away yesterday.. .someone even said this was the day gen x grew up.

    the other thing that stood out was how even in death he is rewriting the history books as the way this story broke, spread, and is being interacted with is happening online and breaking every notion of how widespread social media goes. I read here:

    http://www.toast-jam.com/taste

    about how major sites were shutting down due to the sudden increase in bandwidth and how major eCommerce portals were being sold out of MJ merchandise. A true testimonial to the man and the artist. RIP KOP hope you finally found peace.

  • http://www.toast-jam.com Snalf

    for me two things hit hard. . .i have had so many people in their 30 – 50s tell me that they feel like a big part of their childhood was wiped away yesterday.. .someone even said this was the day gen x grew up.

    the other thing that stood out was how even in death he is rewriting the history books as the way this story broke, spread, and is being interacted with is happening online and breaking every notion of how widespread social media goes. I read here:

    http://www.toast-jam.com/taste

    about how major sites were shutting down due to the sudden increase in bandwidth and how major eCommerce portals were being sold out of MJ merchandise. A true testimonial to the man and the artist. RIP KOP hope you finally found peace.

  • http://www.fitclick.com Vic

    That’s a great tribute. RIP MJ.

  • http://www.fitclick.com Vic

    That’s a great tribute. RIP MJ.