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Michael Jackson - King of Pop by SetoAngel01 Michael Jackson - King of Pop by SetoAngel01
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.
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AwesomeME36 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
can I use this picture on my website. I will do the attribution.
SetoAngel01 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure as long as I'm credited, I don't mind.
MJDisneyGirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful speech, amen!La worship

He really had a genuine, indisputable talent and a heart of gold that sadly most people were too stubborn in their doubts to see in his horrific, nightmarish later years (that is except for his children of course), and even at times when he first started out. Off the Wall received WAY less Grammys than it deserved (talk about theft), and Bad has been called a bomb by some critics just because it didn't sell as much as Thriller, while also mentioning his fresh appearance in the tabloids that made up stories surrounding the mystery of his sudden disappearance from public (so what you stupid, shitty, ignorant fuckheads, please excuse my language), when in some retrospects, it's a MUCH better album, much edgier and took more risks, truly a great salute to the end of his ten-year contract with Quincy Jones as his head co-producer. Nod

I'm on the same ship with you of growing up in the wrong era.

To be honest, I only recall starting to listen to him in my later elementary school years, when I would hear my mom playing him in the kitchen along with other popular artists like Madonna, Stevie Wonder and many other, and I would think 'Wow, this guy is AWESOME!'
The hole in the ground has been dug up.

So, on Christmas of my seventh grade year, I got my first iPod, and Mom generously put some songs of Michael's on there for me, a few of his hits with his brothers and as a solo artist. The number was very small to start off with, but no doubt an excellent selection: "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save," "Ben," "Enjoy Yourself," "Blame It On the Boogie," "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Thriller,"...and that's pretty much all I can remember I had the very first time.
The seed has been planted in the ground.

As the months rolled on by, I had Mom put more on there. "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Smooth Criminal," "Black or White," "Scream," "Earth Song," "You Are Not Alone," "You Rock My World," and so forth. At this point, I only knew of him as an amazing entertainer, and knew pretty much nothing about his personal life or any of his scandals, me not finding the intention or interest to learn.
The seed roots start to branch out in the ground, the process being painstakingly slow, just as it should be in order to live a healthy life.

I remember my dad mentioning his comeback concert series at the dinner table. I stopped chewing, dropped my fork and begged if I could go, but they wouldn't let me!Cry CryBut I guess it doesn't matter considering on that tragic day, as Dad was watching the news, he called me into the room and told me simply "He's dead," those words coming as a shock wave. I've heard he was in poor health, but still I didn't see it coming.onion head "shock_"I called everyone I knew about it, and then going about the rest of my day in silence.
A winter wind blows, making the soil around the seed cold and numb.

After that was when I took interest into studying more about his life. I read books, watched television specials and listened to even more of his music. I went and saw This Is It in the theaters with my mom, that being when I heard songs of his I've never heard before "Speechless" (now my personal #1 fave song of his), "They Don't Care About Us," "Human Nature," and so forth and loving every one of them, while also giving me a rather interesting insight on who he was when creating a show, a perfectionist who cared a great deal for the details of his shows as well as the people who put those details in with great care. I remember wondering why he kept on pausing when singing during rehearsals, me still knowing very little about his failing health at that point. While studying more about him, I discovered that he had deep meaning behind each of his songs, he gave so much love and charity to the world, especially to the people who needed it the most, more than any other musical artist or person in general for that matter, he was forced to suffer the loss of his childhood and the epic hardship of greedy bastards accusing him of child abuse as he was searching for his lost childhood, and also that he and I had so much in common, our interests, our childlike naivety, how we view the world in more than one way, I could go on and on.
The seed pops out into the fresh air and sunshine, starting to see the light and grow.

From that point up until now, I study him more and more each passing time, and the intriguing interest I had for him at first now grows more and more each day into an undeniable love that will never, ever die, no matter how much anybody filled with doubt tells me otherwise.
The tree grows into a baby tree, the tree growing and growing every day, never ceasing to grow and reach higher and higher into the sky, it's branches and leaves touching and embracing the open air, thicker and stronger it becomes, rooting deeper and deeper into the ground ensuring it will will never die.

Phew! That's a whole lotta love to express there, maybe describing a little too much about me and not enough of him. Sweating a little... I shall now continue on his legacy by spreading the magic of his songs and the unconditional love of his charity work all around me, to heal the world. How I plan to do so is to have him forever be an inspiration in my artwork and doing whatever I can to help out others of every ethnicity, religion, age, absolutely no boundaries.

From the very bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing your sincere love and respect for him with all of us viewing your incredible talent and lovely words, and may God bless you, Michael and all his fans who REALLY know him, no matter how many times those despicable tabloid factories try to get under our skins. MJ Blow kiss
solosinger777 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
i love him!
PiccoloFreakNamick Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
R.I.P. to the King of Pop
Strickplayer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i miss him *tear falls down one eye*
SetoAngel01 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know. Me too... :(
Strickplayer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
but at least no one well never forget him.
MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
it's sad what happened to him
Capagrl22 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
i love mj RIP MJ
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