A few days ago Michael Jackson died . It is and will be a day we will all remember. We cannot believe that he has gone. Over the last few days we have heard that thought repeated over and over from celebrity, to dignitary, to common people. Everyone has a Michael Jackson memory, story, or period of time when Michael Jackson’s music made an impact on their life. Michael Jackson was with us as we grew from child to adult . Michael Jackson was with us as our kids discovered his remarkable talent. Michael Jackson transcended generations. Michael Jackson crossed over from an R &B legend to a mega Pop Star over the course of his career.
Micheal Jackson is and will be continue to be an American Icon, and now he’s much more than that, he is a world icon. Micheal Jackson personified a generation of change, whether he realized it or not he brought together all the generations, all the civil right struggles, and the people who led them, to all agree on one common theme. This man, despite his faults, was a talented singer with God given ability to inspire the world.
I followed Michael from the start, a ten year old , who sung with his brothers the Jackson Five. They hailed from an obscure community called Gary, Indiana. I was 16 when I heard some one play a cassette tape of I want you back. It was an experience that I will never forget. I was in a social studies class in Louisville, Kentucky. My immediate reaction was to ask who was this group. I quickly learned it was the Jackson Five. Soon, I learned that Micheal Jackson was the lead singer. Even then in 1970, Michael Jackson’s music started to transcend generations, my parents, our baby boom generation, and all future generations. All because of his music.
Michael came along when the world, particularly, America, was in a transition from the struggles of the Civil Rights movement, to the protest of the war in Viet Nam. His music helped defined who we were as individuals and how we reacted to the events around us. There are only a few musical group or individuals who had that kind of musical persuasion ability. Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Carol King, Fleetwood Mac. On the world stage Michael could be classified along with Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali; all leaders who shaped the impressions, outlooks, and viewpoints, not only in America, but for the world.
Michael Jackson in my opinion, is the first singer to do this. Granted there have been many great, talented singers; but none worked as hard to reach all segments and races of society than Michael Jackson. Even though some would like to claim him as their own, Jackson belongs to the world, because of his music. When we look back on his life, we should focus on the music, because this is where he made the most profound and lasting impact on all of us.
My favorite Michael Jackson Songs
Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five
I want you back
Whos Loving You
Stop The Love You Save
I’ll Be There
Never can saygoodbye
Shake You Body Down To The Ground
I want to be where you are
Michael Jackson Solo Career
Rock With Me
Remember the time
Man in the Mirror
Don’t Matter If you’re Black or White