The Shame Of It All

He was incredibly talented, he merged genres, he broke barriers, and once upon a time he was a very attractive young man.

So with the all the words that are being written and spoken about Michael Jackson, here is my sole contribution and observation.

I feel bad that I can only remember him as a freak.


And the morning after…  I watched some of his videos on MTV after I got home, and they did bring me back to the day when his singular talent was in full bloom.  I would prefer to remember him that way.  Maybe he preferred to remember himself that way too.  We’ll never know.


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6 Responses to The Shame Of It All

  1. Dan McCarthy says:

    Put some Jackson 5 in your stereo and that goes away pretty quickly. I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of Michael’s by any stretch of the words. I’ll go so far as to say that the stuff he produced after “Bad” was half-assed because at that point he knew people would buy anything he put out. And then there was that whole issue with the kids… but I’m not thinking about that now and am just listening to the sweet sounds of a teenage kid singing with his brothers.

  2. Gerry says:

    Nicely put, Dan.

  3. Cynthia says:

    Rest in peace Michael Jackson! Forever the King of Pop

  4. His impact on music will outlive his quirkyness…he accomplished quite a bit in 50 years. Our world is less colorful, now that he is gone.

    Try to imagine “The Jackson Four”, no “Moonwalk”, no “Thriller” LP.

    He indeed, did make a difference in our lives, and I for one, will miss him.

  5. joenesgarden says:

    Appreciate his talent. Since we did not live with him, his talent is all we really “know” about him. He reached out to people through his music. Unless you were personally involved with him, the rest of the drama surrounding his life is none of our business.

  6. Wendy says:

    I always think of him when I hear the song, “We are the World”…a collaboration, but I remember him being at the center of the effort.

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