Giving people their moment.Posted on 2009.06.26 at 12:14
Electric Relaxation: MJ + Heavy D | Jam
I was about five years old when I heard "Beat It" for the first time, seven when I performed "Rockin' Robin" at the neighborhood talent show. My mother still remembers the gold glove (YES, gold!) I refused to take off and the poster of him in the yellow sweater vest that would be replaced with another MJ years later. I practiced the Moonwalk everywhere--in my room, at the playground, during open gym, at family barbecues. The other girls wanted to marry him; I just wanted his moves.
We know the man was troubled. We get that. But that doesn't make his music any less meaningful or relevant. It doesn't make him any less human. And it doesn't make what some of us are feeling any LESS real. For most of us born in the age of music videos, he was our very first glimpse at the beauty and absurdity of pop iconology. So feel free to wrap yourself up in the nostalgia, crank up your favorite MJ song and throw a hand in the air. It's a celebration.
Sometimes you've just gotta let people have their moment, their memories.