The King of Pop


June 25, 2009 the news of the day was a little Off the Wall and very much unexpected

 

Something Bad, shocking, and unfortunately true

 

So last night I refused to watch the news in review

 

Speechless, while still in a State of Shock I reflect on my own memories of The King of Pop

 

My friend, I wanted to see you the way I got to know you; in song

 

Without the distraction of the media filtering in scandals
True or false allegations

 

"Just because you read it in a magazine or see it on a TV screen doesn't make it factual"

 

And although Farrah may go away squeaky clean

 

You know what I mean

 



I do believe that everyone does a little something

 

Without knowing firsthand what happened in your Childhood behind closed doors at 2300 Jackson Street

 

I do know Like A Sunset...Dying With the Rising of the Moon...Gone Too Soon

 

You see, I just wanted to listen to you sing to us again

 

So I invited over a friend, a Pretty Young Thing

 

Not to reenact the lines but to go down memory lane

 

Michael, ten years my senior but like many of us we did our own two step to your music to entertain the grown ups at the age of three

 

You made us laugh, smile and shed a tear

 

Singing rhetorical verse then asking Will You Be There

 

As the world gathered to memorialize you

 

Reflect on how you entertained

 

The gift you were and will continue to be

 

Death brings to reality that you're gone but with the birth of your legacy

 

The consummate artist that not only raised but broke your own bar

 



Your album Dangerous is second to Thriller as the biggest selling album of all time

 

You became the first artist to generate seven top ten hits on one album with Thriller

 

Having been the first solo artist to generate four top ten hits on the Billboard charts on one album with Off the Wall

 

To date the only artist in history to generate five #1 hits from one album with Bad

 

Moonwalker, the top selling music video of all time

 

You were definitely The King of Pop

 

Providing inspiration, heart, and passion through song and your Dancing Machine

 

From a child singing I Want You Back to a man informing us that We Are the World

 

The significance of being that particular person begins with the Man in the Mirror

 

The King of Pop is laid to rest in your memory may we start with the Man in the Mirror and make a change within and for ourselves and others

 

Thank you Michael for "being the gift to us"

 

For having bridged the gap between R&B and Pop Music

 

You single handedly invented the short narrative we now call music videos

 

And who could ever forget Motown 25

 

"I love those old songs but love the new ones too"

 

Then came the beat of Billie Jean and you Moonwalking across our TV screen

 

One of many moments in your lifetime that you shared with the world

 

Michael, you have been and will always be the soundtrack of our lives

 

An ambassador for peace and an advocate for children with no pun intended

 

As it was said at your memorial "there was nothing strange about your daddy; what was strange is what he had to deal with"



In my lifetime I've been privileged to have seen some of the greatest black men in history in there own arena

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ali, Tiger, Michael Jordan, and the first African -American President, Barrack Obama

 

Facts and trivia can never tell a lie

 

So years from now when the question is asked who was one of the first black men to ever have a video on MTV

 

The answer will always be Michael Jackson

 

Thank you Mike, thank you readers for easing on down the road in memory of an icon

 

Michael Jackson The King of Pop

 

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