I felt my heart sink into an oblivion. My brain felt numb. The tear ducts were definitely working.
The words aren’t sinking in. I can read what the world has to say – but it is surreal.
I can’t even write his name without getting goose bumps all over.
The greatest legend .. the King of Pop … The original bad man who thrilled us with his signature moonwalk … Michael Jackson … is no more …
It was around 3 a.m India time that I noticed live updates from my friends in the US referring to Michaels heart attack. At 3:45 I got a call from a friend KS who told me that the Legend had passed. I felt the breath being sucked out of me – a hard punch in the stomach.
No. It’s not possible. It’s just too surreal. This is Michael Jackson we are talking about !!! A global iconic figure. He has captured the hearts and souls of millions. His music – an inspiration to all – creating aspiration amongst upcoming singers and new talent.
The 80’s and 90’s are incomplete without Michael. From the youngest child to our grand parents – we have all at some point – been privy to Michael – his music and his roller coaster ride with the media.
I used to have a 6 foot tall poster – in his ‘Bad’ attire – put up on my cupboard back in Dubai – that faced my balcony. There was a time when one of my fathers’ friends thought there was man in my room in the dead of the night. There was – and it was the man himself – Michael – who watched me fall asleep to his albums – not on CD but on ‘cassettes’.
Those are cassettes I could never let go off …. I have Thriller and Bad on cassettes !! Those are classics. I remember queuing up outside HMV when Dangerous and Blood on the Dance Floor came out and feeling the exhilaration of all those around me … both times round !!
Every radio station, every party, every body I knew played Michael’s music – and it resulted in foot tapping beats without fail. Which of you has not tried the famous Moonwalk ?? All of us have at one point or the other.
I feel like as if a part of me has died along with the music industry. Michael’s loss will be felt by all – especially by his family, friends and his fans. Whether you are a fan or not – I doubt that a single person could deny his impact on the last three generations. It is a very sad day for the music fraternity.
As Michael leaves us behind – his music and influences will remain with us forever. It’s just hard to imagine that the new generation – my future children – will never get to see him live in concert.
You rocked my world, you know you did