When the news broke of Michael Jackson's sudden death yesterday, I'm pretty sure I can speak for all the editors when I saw we were in total shock and disbelief. Everyone was crowded around my computer as we watched the tragic story unfold.
Now I know Michael Jackson isn't someone you would normally see on the pages of J-14, (But think -- in 1970, if J-14 was around, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 would have been on the cover front and center!), but there's no denying that he has had a profound effect on many of your fave stars -- and me, too!
Music has always been a huge part of my family -- and it was definitely common to hear a MJ tune coming out our CD player at any given time. I remember being a kid and my dad putting the Thriller record on, (Yes, I said record!), and me dancing in my pink nightgown, trying to learn the now famous dance.
Actually, wanna hear a funny story?! Speaking of "Thriller," for some crazy reason, my dad decided to tape the music video on the same video tape as my copy of Dumbo. (If you've never seen the "Thriller" video, it's kinda scary!) So for years I was petrified of Dumbo because I thought the monsters in "Thriller" were part of the movie! LOL!
More recently, I was hanging out with the guys of Honor Society at Bamboozle and we got on the subject of MJ and talked for a good few minutes about our love for the King of Pop. HS member Michael even told me that he dressed up as Michael Jackson for Halloween a few times!
And regardless of the endless rumors Michael had to deal with on a daily basis, it was and will always be all about the music. Think about how many times you hear "Thriller" or "Beat It" or "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" or "I'll Be There" on the radio, at your school dance, or playing in background of a movie. Even though Michael is no longer with us, his legacy will live on.
RIP King of Pop.
How did you react when you heard Michael Jackson died? Do you listen to his music? What is your favorite song?
Have a great weekend!
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