200nd Deviation!!!! I wanted to do something special and this fit the bill.
This is a tribute of sorts to the sadly late true King of Pop. I didn't necessarily grow up in Michael Jackson's glory days in the 70's and 80's. I grew up around the scandal and many of his controversies but had always known his music from my mother. This man was an amazing performer and a brilliant genius. His charity work, innovative dances such as the moonwalk, showstopping videos that captivated audiences around the globe, and his command of the stage were some of his greatest moments I wish I had the chance to see right when they were happening.
He wasn't without fault though -- like all of us, he was human. Many of his hardships, I believe, were the cause of his lack of a childhood and he spent of his life pursuing the childhood he had missed out on. He was quite naive in these times and that is what people took advantage of in many ways with the allegations and negative publicity. During all of this, people forgot what an amazing talent he was.
It wasn't until his death on June 25 that people finally decided to focus back on his music and what a talent he was. His music once again tops the charts and more positive things are being said rather than the negative things surfacing since the first blow back in 1993. Its just tragic that this tortured man, who was about to make his comeback tour in July, had to pass away before people would remember him for what he should be labeled for -- his music, which should be his true legacy.
Lately, I've been getting into his music again and just being blown away by his God-given talent and realized that we're blessed that we got to experience his work and enjoy his gift. He was a brilliant performer, dancer, singer, humanitarian, father, and human being. So, the controversy about his life is something that should be forgotten as we say our final farewell to him on Tuesday at his memorial.
Instead, we should remember all of his music that touched so many generations of people and should be passed on to the next -- this way, his legacy will never die. He will always be known as the King of Pop because there has never been and never will be another one like him. He was truly one of a kind.
So, Rest in Peace, Michael Jackson. You are loved, greatly missed, and will always be remembered. I love you and thank you, Michael.