Michael Jackson's dead 
Friday, 26 June, 2009, 01:47
Posted by Administrator
You've all read, heard, and seen the news: Michael Jackson is dead. I just watched the coroner's van containing his body pull into the coroner's office.

It's all kind of surreal. When my age was a single-digit number I remember listening to all sorts of Michael Jackson songs -- Thriller, Bad, Beat It, Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Billie Jean, P.Y.T. ... the list goes on and on.

Needless to say I stopped listening to that particular style of music altogether, but I didn't change the station when a Michael Jackson song came on the radio. I guess it just stuck with me regardless of what I happened to be doing or where I was. Over time, though, the songs weren't played as frequently and I didn't exactly go out of my way to listen. Despite this, Michael Jackson's music and influence was ever-present.

The media attention, the trials, the baby dangling, all that stuff made him the butt of many jokes, but behind all of the social awkwardness was an icon, an influential figure, and an incredibly talented performer. I know you have a white glove somewhere, so put it on, grab your crotch, and yell "OW!" in tribute. Long live the King!
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