I’m finding it a little bit hard to write about this sad happening but I know I want to, just to pay tribute and respect. I’m not a huge fan but I do know this, that most, if not all, of my music idols are big fans of his. I know he has influenced generations and generations of artists today and his contribution to the industry is unparalleled. I remember when the news broke out, I was sleeping, it was June 26 here in the Philippines around 6 am (if i’m not mistaken we’re ahead by 15 hours to L.A.) and I was literally woken up by my older sister’s shouts from the living room. She was like: “Oh my God!”, reacting to something from the TV that is inaudible to me. I realized that something was up so I grabbed the remote feeling lightheaded and turned my TV on. Without thinking I knew it has something to do with a breaking news, I turned to local networks but nothing was up. So I thought, “CNN… ya maybe that’s where the news is”. And then, I saw it in bold letters from the bottom of the screen: “LA TIMES: MICHAEL JACKSON DEAD AT 50, CNN HAS NOT CONFIRMED”.

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I gave out a loud “WHAT?!, WHY?!” and then I was echoing what my sister was screaming although they say its not yet confirmed, the news came from the LA Times even TMZ reported it already. Seconds later, I found out he suffered cardiac arrest at his home and was taken to the hospital. Taking it in, I was in shock mode but I think more than that I felt sad. You just don’t think about these kinds of things. It’s weird because we don’t even know this guy personally, I haven’t seen him in person and was not a fan, so why are we affected? Seeing my sister teary-eyed about this incident is not strange to me. As an innocent little kid, my older siblings used to listen to him and literally grew up on his songs. I was born 1986, just 4 years after Thriller was released so I can only imagine. I just know upon hearing a lot of things about him is that he’s one of the greatest entertainers and performers that ever lived. And as I’ve said his contributions to the world of music is undeniable, thus earning the title ‘King of Pop’. His songs throughout the years brought inspiration to people around the world with his distinctive voice and rare talent, not  to mention his famous moves and fashion style. He was one of the very first African-American musicians that conquered charts, even crossover ones and ultimately paved the way for other artists. He revolutionized how music videos are made turning it from a simple promotional stint into a form of art as we are enjoying it today. Really, you can’t love music and don’t have the slightest clue about Michael Jackson. I pretty much started listening to his music with one of his later hits like ‘You Rock My World‘ back from his 2001 album Invincible. Not to mention the occasional glimpses of his old songs from MTV and other TV and movie features every now and then. The one most recent that I can think of is that of the MJ week from American Idol. And also, I think it was just 2 years ago that the 25th anniversary of Thriller was celebrated. He pretty much stayed in the limelight especially on issues about his personal life but I’d rather respect his private life so I won’t go there.  In addition, he was supposed to do a comeback tour for 50 dates opening in London and as he announced back in March it was supposed to be The Last Curtain Call, “This is it!”, he says. What I like about him is the fact that he stayed relevant after all those decades and that’s hard to do. His music transcends time and that’s the markings of a true artist. I know everyone from the entertainment business is devastated by this tragedy. Let’s hope the industry recover from such a loss. May he rest in peace, he will always be remembered and my thoughts goes to his beloved family, friends and fans.

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