2009-07-24 / Letters

Remembering Michael Jackson

Dear Editor,

"Don't stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Dirty Diana," "Scream," and "Smooth Criminal" are just a few of Michael Jackson's hit songs. When I found out about his death it was a warm Thursday, and I was so shocked you could have knocked me over with a feather.

Michael Jackson was dead, America was crying, the world was shocked. It is always impossible to believe that people that we idolize would somehow die. We are always left in amazement and disbelief. Who was Michel Jackson? A gift! Someone who was talented in the music world but tormented in other worlds.

No one knows how long we are given to others. We are all gifts. At times we are sour sap, a tangy fruit, with a green thorn-like skin and back seeds inside; or are we like mango sweet and sticky; or sugarcane, a tall grass-like fruit with a straw texture inside, that's a source of sugar. Which one was Michael Jackson? I believe him to be all.

The constant outpouring of his life and music is our way of paying tribute to his style and genius. We had 50 years but didn't know it. We didn't know! We didn't know that sometimes his songs were screams for help— "Leave Me Alone," "Beat It," "Bad," and "Man in the Mirror." We didn't understand his message.

Some of us get lost in our way of life and try desperately to communicate our despair through our craft. For Michael Jackson it was his music. The passion and intensity of his performance was a sure indication of who he was or trying to be. This is my ode; this is how I saw Michael Jackson. Every one of us saw him differently but now we

all "Remember the Time"…


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