Saturday, June 27, 2009

Goodbye Michael Jackson

I remember the first time Michael Jackson's music had an impact on me. I was ten years old and our fifth grade class had just finished our annual ski trip in Northern Ontario-Canada. At the end of the day, we sat on the school bus, patiently waiting to drive home after a long day of cross-country skiing. After our teacher took roll call, she realized that we were missing one student. It was very scary. One of our peers, was stuck a trail. The students on the bus sat scared and waited as a search party went out to find her. Our parents were informed about the situation, who were waiting to pick us up in Toronto.

During the next two hours, I calmed myself by playing on my cassette player the song 'Man in the Mirror.' I remember listening to the song over and over while learning and relearning the words. The song seemed to talk to me with phrases like, 'If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself then make a change.' Michael Jackson's gentle soul seemed to touch mine, as I sat waiting anxiously for news about our missing friend. The search party found "Melissa" scared, cold and ready to go home. 

All of these years later, I can still remember the words to the song.

When I heard the news that we lost Michael Jackson, a little piece of my childhood died. Goodbye Michael and thank you. What are some of your favorite Michael Jackson songs? 


Linda S. Socha said...

Nice post. I can picture that young girl in that situation.

I have loved I can see clearly now by Johnny Nash for years. It it sone of those songs I can play over and over that serve as an inspiration.


Pink Peony said...

I was alittle kid when Thriller came out. It's was like we couldn't get enough of that album. You are right it is like a piece of childhood has slipped away. Regardless of anything else that happened in his life his music was the sound track to my youth and for that I will miss him. My parents saw him when he was a kid playing with The Jackson 5. I know my Mom still pictures him as the sweet little boy that danced and sand before her. When ever anyone said any thing bad about him say would break in and say" you should have seen what a sweet little boy he was and how much talent he had.".

Laura said...

Linda: Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing. Its amazing where we get our inspiration from, but its so important that we do. xoxo

Couture Carrie said...

Very sweet anecdote and tribute, darling!

I remember I had Michael Jackson's Thriller album on my desk in the third grade!


Unknown Mami said...

I feel like a piece of my childhood died too.

I love the "Off the Wall" album. Every single song on that album is great

Carlotta said...

bye Michael..

Laura said...

Pink Peony: There was something so magical about his talent. Thank you for your comment.

Carrie: Thank you so much sweetie.

Unknown Mami and Carlotta: Hear, hear!

Phil said...

C'mon, where are the Billy Mays tributes? And wouldn't it be ironic if he died from Oxi Clean poisoning?