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?