A lot of the people that I know of that read my blog with any regularity are in the same, or are at least close to the same, age demographic as me. I'm 45 years old and vividly remember songs like "I Want You Back", "Stop, The Love You Save", "I'll Be There" and others, that were made famous early in the career of Michael Jackson, while he was singing with his brothers in The Jackson 5.
Michael Jackson has traveled a long way from the early days at Motown, and a long way from his most famous solo albums "Bad", Thiller", and others, which garnered him incredible numbers of Grammy awards as well as other accolades.
Michael Jackson was a musical genius. No one who has a shred of honesty within him/her can deny this. Michael Jackson will (and should) be remembered as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. There can be no doubt about this.
Right about this time, some of you are going to talk about his problems. The accusations against him... his arrests, his surgeries, his wives, etc.... etc... I'm hearing none of it today.
Whatever Michael Jackson's frailties, failures, alleged crimes, etc... The world... most of it, anyway, mourns the loss of this important figure.
Call him a freak tomorrow, ok?