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No One Wants To Be Defeated

By Felicia | Music | June 25, 2009 |

By Felicia | Music | June 25, 2009 |

Michael Jackson died this evening of cardiac arrest. The 50-year-old was on the eve of debuting his series of concerts at London’s O2 Arena. When I first heard the news, I have to be honest, I didn’t really believe it. Not in a way where I felt shocked, but in a way where I literally did not believe it. I was like, “Yeah fucking right, this is a sham.” The thought crossed my mind that maybe he was trying to get out of the London shows. Recent rumors have been that he was only going to perform for 13 minutes and that he had been making frequent doctor visits. However, those are just rumors. The facts are that he was troubled, but that he was given the title “King of Pop” for a reason. Just the response of the world to his death proves that. Aside from all the obvious jokes that people can make about him and his life, he left a great legacy of art and he did his part by way of philanthropy. That’s a lot more than I can say for a lot of other so-called pop stars these days.

As far as his catalog of music, of course everyone’s mind goes straight to the Thriller album. I was really young when “Thriller” came out and all I know is that it freaked me the fuck out. As I’ve gotten older, I can appreciate it for all it’s worth. But can “Smooth Criminal” get a little love? This is the first Michael Jackson moment, for me personally, where I was really mesmerized. Was it a movie? Was it a video?? What the freak WAS this?? All I knew was that I loved it.

And in my opinion, from his best years, The Jackson 5. MJ took Smokey Robinson’s “Who’s Loving You,” flipped it, smacked it and rubbed it down. He tore that shit up in the best way possible.

Troubled or not, the man brought a lot to this world and with that he will never die. After experiencing the five stages of grief in a matter of hours I’ll leave it to Abba to explain my feelings: “Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing. Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing. Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty? What would life be?”

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