Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Dead at 50

Say what you will about what he's been doing for the last 20 years, Michael Jackson's THRILLER shaped me...

Not only did I watch the very life out of my special edition VHS tape when I was a little kitty, but I also seem to recall making a play-by-play voice over on my boom box to go along with the THRILLER View Master set that I had. My audio accompaniment came complete with spooky narration, sound effects, and even a gentle reminder to change out the slides when appropriate.

At 3:15 pm today, the Los Angeles Times confirmed reports that Jackson had passed away from a heart attack after being rushed to hospital earlier this afternoon.

Michael Jackson truly lived his life as an ode to the unusual. I wonder if he plans on sharing a coffin with the Elephant Man's bones?


Karswell said...

I think Thriller is pretty awesome too... but his death didn't really hit me until I pulled up the Jackson 5 video for "Never Gonna Say Goodbye" from the early 70's, when he was still that fresh faced little kid with a giant 'fro and more talent than all his brothers combined. Not just his vocals or dance moves either, which of both he was of phenomenal of course, but also his presense, stage confidence and maturity... somehow calling him a "prodigy" feels like it sells him short.


Kitty LeClaw said...

I offered to mew "Never Gonna Say Goodbye" at the big, televised memorial, but... computer said no*.

*from one of my fave Little Britain sketches.