This post is a little late but better late than never…
He would be remembered by many as a pop icon of all time who spoke to generations and his music will continue to traverse time. What the late great Michael Jackson (or MJ as he is commonly endeared by many) did in his lifetime with his artform, others can perhaps only strive for a brief fraction of such to dream to walk in his shadow. He paved the way for artistes of all genres, races and ages. He gave us all a gift: a gift of music, of entertainment, of humanity and generosity and lessons in abundance.
Those of us that learnt the lessons have really appreciated what he was put on this earth to do. He did indeed say that he was put here for a purpose: “to entertain… and make people happy.” His music is what made him immortal and in his quest to “defeat death” as he said, he endeavoured to “bind” himself to his work (which he indeed did), and I am almost certain that his memory would live on in the consciousness of all those that had the opportunity to be a part of his history and generation of entertainment.
I for one remember where I was at almost every stage of his career, his songs and his theatrical music videos that etched out a special place in people’s memory. To witness his artistic magnificence was really magical and that feeling that he invigoured with his music will definitely inspire great emotions and sentiments in the minds and hearts of his fans for a long time to come. Although coined the King of Pop his music was unique. It was not quite like any other genre of music that ever existed.
It was universal: it traversed boundaries and cultures, broke down barriers of ethnicity, geography, class, mindsets. Almost everyone could relate to his music on some level. He indeed left behind a legacy that may not be able to be so easily emulated. He was truly blessed with a gift and talent for music and inspired change for a better world and humanity. Whether this was achieved or not, is left up to us for the message is in the music to internalize and build upon the meanings imbued therein.
Michael was born to be a star and a star he was. Music will never be the same after him. With his words, rhythm and charisma he was able to reach people present and future spanning the globe. He was able to touch thousands or perhaps millions of lives with his brilliant collection of work, arousing emotions such as happiness, sadness, love, pride and more. He was truly amazing and a tough act to follow. May his soul rest in peace and may he find true and sublime happiness henceforth.