MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON - 1958-2009
So, I'm at Eaton Centre, its late afternoon, and I'm working another promo gig. I run into an old friend of mine and he tells me that his brother told him that Michael Jackson had just died. I was like "NNOOOOOO!! Get out of here!! He can't be!!"
Then I go to The Globe and Mail website on one of our laptops at work and it reads...MICHAEL JACKSON DEAD AT 50... Afterward, I couldn't bring myself to finish off my shift. I couldn't concentrate. I was still in disbelief over the matter. Then as I venture home on the TTC, I'm sitting down and thinking...one of my heroes just died. How can this be happening???? He was just about to make one of the most ground-breaking comebacks in history. HOW??? WHY??? As I got home, I turned on the TV and checked for all the news and music channels. Most of the music channels did tributes to Michael, playing his videography. That's when things started to sink in.
This news of his death saddens me deeply. He was one of the few recording artists that we looked up to and related with. He was an artist that I could relate with. Both of us were consider oddities (or outcasts) amongst people that were "normal". Both of us faced extreme parental pressure. He was and will always be a true inspiration to me as an artist, and a visionnaire. His music, his lyrics, and his sounds has helped me get through some of the good and bad periods of my life.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.....