RIP, Michael Jackson

Bellas, I feel devastated. I can’t even fully put into words what I feel right now. So instead, I turn to you.

“Michael

What’s your favorite Michael Jackson memory? What’s your favorite song? And how do you feel right now, after this awful, tragic news?

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  1. I am shocked. My favorite song was Ben and so many more. I feel like I have lost a family member. I remember playing his records as a child all day long, over and over again. He will be missed. I hope that the media and people will let his family grieve in peace and just remember to pray for them.

  2. i had that picture of him in the yellow sweater…i used to kiss it every day before i left the house. i had to stand on an old air conditioner to do it…

    he will be sorely missed. a true legend.

  3. Okay, I will make this short and sweet b/c I am sooo emotional over his passing.

    I remember how the Thriller video used to scare me. And I remember how Black & White was my favorite song ever. I remember thinking he was so cute when he was in The Jackson 5. I remember my Dad (also a singer) saying “Wow….look at Michael Jackson. We are the same age and he is rich and famous. That could have been me.”

    R.I.P Mr. Jackson.

  4. cipytweet says:

    i’m n shock! it is so hard to believe that someone we grew up w/like Michael Jackson has passed on. i loved the jackson 5 cartoon that i HAD to catch every sat. a.m. as a child. too many of his songs were my favs-would be hard to list here. thx for the post & outlet.

    luv,
    cipytweet

  5. The first memory I have of Mike was in I wanna say 90 (not positive). It was during the BAD tour & HBO showed the tour. My mom & I went a friends house to watch it on the big screen tv. There was like 15 of us. I was sitting under the coffee table. I was like 5. I jumped up from the table during ” BAD” and started singing and dancing. That was when I proclaimed to the world that I was going to be a singer. That’s when my Mike love began

  6. My best MJ memory is jammin’ to “P.Y.T.”in the living room with my parents as a kid. Michael Jackson’s music was the soundtrack to my childhood. RIP MJ.

  7. mochachoc says:

    I can’t believe it. RIP Michael your music gave us joy.

  8. Another day has gone
    I’m still all alone
    How could this be
    You’re not here with me
    You never said goodbye
    Someone tell me why
    Did you have to go
    And leave my world so cold

    Everyday I sit and ask myself
    How did love slip away
    Something whispers in my ear and says
    That you are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though you’re far away
    I am here to stay

    But you are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though we’re far apart
    You’re always in my heart
    But you are not alone

    ‘Lone, ‘lone
    Why, ‘lone

    Just the other night
    I thought I heard you cry
    Asking me to come
    And hold you in my arms
    I can hear your prayers
    Your burdens I will bear
    But first I need your hand
    Then forever can begin

    Everyday I sit and ask myself
    How did love slip away
    Something whispers in my ear and says
    That you are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though you’re far away
    I am here to stay

    For you are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though we’re far apart
    You’re always in my heart
    For you are not alone

    Whisper three words and I’ll come runnin’
    And girl you know that I’ll be there
    I’ll be there

    You are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though you’re far away
    I am here to stay
    For you are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though we’re far apart
    You’re always in my heart

    For you are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though you’re far away
    I am here to stay

    For you are not alone
    For I am here with you
    Though we’re far apart
    You’re always in my heart

    For you are not alone

    This song always brings tears to my eyes for some reason. I havent heard it in years and now Ive listened to again. The effect is still there. I grew up in the 80′s so Michael Jackson was a great man on MTV- he ruled it really. Although Im not his biggest fan (at least not the latest 15 years or so) I know he will be missed

  9. As a lifelong fan of his music, I am still in shock. His music was so important to me, my friends, and the rest of the world, and I could not imagine a world without Michael.

  10. nolagirl says:

    I loved Michael Jackson. I was 4 and Thriller came out. my older cousin let me watch it. I was terrified, but had to leablirn the dance.
    I had a scrap book from the Victory tour. I learned to breakdance. I felt like I knew Michael. He also taught me that you can love a person and not know them. you love the public image.

  11. Driving through the Grove on Halloween, dressed as a pimp (borrowed a long coat of yours, I believe) listening to Thriller with pals. Good times.

  12. upperwestsidebella says:

    Unlike most of you I am not shocked, i am saddened and sorrowful, but he Michael i loved the beautiful young man big afro and dark chocolate skin died a long time ago.. I hope he has finally found peace with himself and I pray he was welcomed into Jesus loving arms as the dynamic person we all loved.. God rest his soul!

  13. I can’t believe we lost Michal Jackson… it’s just to soon this man is an ICON… MUSIC ROYALTY… i remeber back in the 90s when they used to debut his music videos on Fox (i believe). I would always have a vhs tape ready to record it … my fav was Do you remember the time? I love that so many of my fav celebs were in the video (IMAN , Eddie Murphy, Magic ETC) I remember watching that video over and over again trying to learn all the dance moves… I’m watching BET now and listening to the radio and i can’t believe that i remember every single word to all the songs they’re playing and i know i’m not the only one. THat’s just proof of how much this man and his musical genius has impacted us… My prayers go out to his family… RIP MJ your music will always keep you alive in our hearts

  14. My favorite Michael Jackson memory is one that got me in a whole lot of trouble. I actually called Encino, CA information and got listings for Michael Jackson in hopes that one would be his and that he would answer the phone. What would happen after that, I don’t know…
    I’ll never forget learning what long distance charges meant. Oh to be young, dumb, and in love with a celebrity again…(sighs)

  15. I’m just really shocked and saddened. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and when a new video or album was coming out, it was an EVENT. My favorite memory is when the “Black Or White” video was debuting and my 1st grade class was buzzing about watching it. I believe that was also the same controversial video with the vandalism of the car, etc. Well, needless to say, many of us were sad that we didn’t get to see the whole video because our parents yanked us away!

    But Michael is a legend and I doubt we’ll see such an influential pop star in a long time.

    Now I’ll going off to listen to “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”

  16. shanequa says:

    wow im in shock when i heard he died i didnt beleive it at first but wow he waz a true legend he will truly be miss but never ever forgotten he alwayz be in my heart my favorite song is thriller and my favorite moment is when him and james brown was on the stage together at the bet awards

  17. I hope he finds in death that peace that he was never afforded in life.

    RIP to the KING of pop

  18. i don’t have a favorite song but i do have a favorite video: “Remember the Time”. that video, IMHO, is really beautiful. regardless of what you think of him, he really was a great artist. i will remember him for all the beautiful music he brought into my life. RIP, MJ.

  19. yamma99 says:

    I ran over a mile in to my friends house to catch the premier of Thriller on MTV when I was 12. It was the greatest video ever! We screamed and cried with emotion. I can’t believe he’s gone.

  20. I’m in shock along with so many…I remember the Bad tour in ’87 and leaving not being able to talk b/c i was screaming soo much and soo loudly!!!!..in the ’80′s an award show was nothing without MJ performing. No matter what turmoil he may have gone through in his personal life..that man was and always be the ultimate in entertainment!…RIP MJ you will never be forgotten.

  21. musicmala says:

    I can recall taking the Thriller and Off the Wall records out of their jackets to play on Sunday evenings when I was about nine. They were revered in my household. My favorite Michael Jackson song – and it’s phenomenally hard for me to choose – Human Nature.

  22. i cant believe it I hope many will remember him for how he was not all the crap that was later published on his life but for the entertainer he truly was.
    He can finally be at peace.

    My favorite MJ song is a tie between Remember a time and of course Thriller

    Love live the King of Pop.

  23. Wow. I remember being in my mom’s living room, playing “human nature” over and over and over again. Le Roi est mort; vive le Roi.

  24. Caribbean Girl says:

    Still in shock – just don;t believe. Too many songs to pick just one. As a teenager I had his poster on the back of my bedroom door, and another one on the wall. I still remember crowding around the TV to watch the Grammy awards where he moon walked, performing Billie Jean, I think. What a talent.

  25. Ah, so many puppies here, Bella. Just shared with the BF my memory of getting a $6 ticket (best in the house!) to a J-5 concert for my ninth Christmas.
    But you know, he’ll never really be dead. The music never dies.
    Thanks, Michael.

  26. I must be old school because I remember the Jackson 5′s first album and attending the first concert promoting this album at the Olympic Stadium in Detroit. My friends and I screamed throughout the entire concert. We wore early ’70′s garb at that time. Maxi-coats, leather newsboy hats, etc.

  27. Oh boy the way,we chased his limo at that first concert with the Jackson 5 in tow.

  28. i have loved you from the youngest of my age.
    and i havent lived long.
    but you being my inspiration, Michael, I cherish what you have brought.
    you are always to be remembered and we all know it’s true. – even though they hated, we all love you. |
    and the one’s who LOVED, have now seen the worse and experienced the cruelest of their life.
    Honestly, I will and cannot let myself forget you and this particular day.
    I WAS LIKE YOUR STALKER, looking up the weirdest so i can be in contact with you. and as a little 12 year old Just listening to your music from my younger days til’ this very, it… it just breaks me. and turns my poets and songs into tears. CAUSE’ YOU ARE INSPIRATION, YOU ARE LIGHT. you are the reason I always fight, my justice FOR JUSTICE.
    - and my dream from this day on, that i have now realized early on today,
    is to continue the works and positions of your music.

    I LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON, FOR DAYS ON. </3 :’( _
    if you feel the same tell the world. we know he’s no God. but he’s a Legend. THE LEGEND. OUR KING OF POP. So get it straight and DO NOT hate. cause’ look what you got a man with a sudden fall against the world’s attacks.

    R.I.P.= forever loved. FOREVER.- cry yourself to sleep, he’s there next to God. I CAN BARE.. can you bare?

    - I’ll be there Michael, just call my name. and I’ll be there. ( i Know your here, i dont need to look over my shoulders. Cause’ yea my loved on I know Your here. ]

  29. flygyrl72 says:

    @omi – Me too gyrl! I had lipstick marks all over my PYT poster…LOL…

    But seriously,Bella,my heart is so heavy since I heard the news. I was unprepared for how strongly this news would affect me. Cause in the post-Thriller years, I just felt weird about dude…

    But then, I thought about it & realized that as a child of the late seventies & eighties, Mike was a HUGE & integral part of my childhood/girlhood/teenaged memories.

    From “Free To Be You & Me” where he sang w/ Roberta Flack, to the Jackson 5 cartoon, to the variety shows, then (my personal fave) The Wiz, to Off The Wall, culminating with Thriller, Michael was the object of my adoration & affection from the age of 5 thru 15 or so…I LOVED him.

    I went to the Victory tour in Chicago at Soldier Field & cried my eyes out.

    I remember running to my room & sobbing the time his hair caught afire during taping that Pepsi commercial…I seriously thought he was gonna be my husband.

    The dude was a gigantic chunk of my growing up experiences.

    So for that, & for so much more, for the great music that I still listen to (Off The Wall is the best ever), I wanna give a BIG ups to him. And may he find the peace now, that he never seemed able to achieve in life…

    RIP Mike & my condolences to your friends & family.

  30. AnnellaBella says:

    Growing up in the eighties, Michaels Jackson’s songs and influence seemed to punctuate my childhood events. He was the first celebrity that I could recognize, endeared, mimicked… I LOVED him very young, mainly because my big sister was crazy over him and the rest of the Jacskon Five, and because I ached to be just like my big sister. Elisa, 11 years my senior, played his records constantly, kissed her immense Jackson Five poster on her side of the room daily, and regaled me with the story of their trip to Trinidad in 1977 when they visited the Princess Elizabeth home that resulted in a newspaper photo of her getting a kiss from the group. When we switched from b&w to color tv, the Thriller video was our favorite thing to watch. When there was any good news to share, the Moonwalk was our victory dance of choice. We loved Michael Jackson, his positivity, his hope for what the world could be…we believed him: “It don’t matter if you’re black or white…” He INSPIRED us, and did exactly what he sought out to do—he entertained us thoroughly! My big sister succumbed to kidney failure in 1990 at age 23. Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, she was plagued by illness all her life, but she remained positive and hopeful, and seemed to draw strength from Michael Jackson’s music, and moreover his inspiring messages of hope and love. Every time I heard his music or read about him, I thought about Elisa, and how his optimism prompted hers, which in turn prompted mine. Forever and always, these two are linked in my memory. Wherever they both are now, I hope she gets to kiss him again. Gone too soon. RIP.

  31. Long before you were thought of Trice, I saw Jackson 5 perform at GrandStand in the Savannah right here in Trinidad. I got lovely colour photographs of him – I think it was Mark Lyndersay who took them..the huge ‘fro etc. I love all his songs past and present but “Man in the Mirror” always makes me get goosebumps.

    Fellow Bellas..Trice and I were saying just tonight that life is too short to keep grudges and rifts especially among family…and my prayers go out to his family but especially his Mom and his children.

  32. I’m just in shock. But my favorite moment was watching his video Thriller on MTV. It was totally iconic and revolutionized the world of music forever. I love him…I am just so devastated….so devastated…

  33. I grew up in foster care and Michael Jackson’s music was the one constant in my young turmoil-filled life. I’m so crushed right now. Does anyone remember that movie, Moonwalker? I remember finding a copy in a stack of VHS’ when I was 9 years old and I watched it a gazillion times. Yeah…good times.

  34. My favorite memory was of me kissing my Michael Jackson poster every morning before school.

    My favorite song/performance is The Jacksons at Madison Square Garden in 2001 singing “Can You Feel It.”OMG, even grown men were screamin in the audience. Michael owned that stage.

    I feel a profound sense of lost.

  35. definitely i’ll be there by the jackson 5 and remember the time

  36. even though i am only twenty my favorite love song of all time is and will always be “lady in my life”.
    at twelve i crushed on the beautiful brownskin michael with the huge fro (even though he was much different in appearance at the present time) .
    my favorite memory would be coming back from a party and stopping the car in the middle of the street to moonwalk to billie jean.

  37. A true musical genius and a bittersweet post for me to write. My favorite MJ videos are Remember the Time and Smooth Criminal.

  38. Beat it!–Loved it….
    I remember seeing Michael Jackson at the Motown Review in Detroit Michigan when he was a child…
    His life is a message about being a creative genius in a world where you don’t have that many friends you can trust,and a personal life that makes money for the media!
    The greatest is gone: let’s remember him for the light he has brought to the world.

  39. Nichole says:

    I grew up in a family that loved Motown. My mom’s group was the Four Tops. My dad’s group was The Temptations. My sister and I were (still are) devoted fans of the Jackson 5. Next to our Sesame Street albums were those from the Jackson 5.

    I was fortunate to see him during the Bad tour. But before that, with the Jackson 5, I saw him in Dallas when they were visiting selected recreation centers.

    There’s not much he has done during his illustrious career that I didn’t follow. He was truly the greatest entertainer of Generation X.

    And while this YouTube video says one thing, I’m so glad that he will have a place in R&B and Rock and Roll history.

  40. this is what I wrote on Field Negro’s blog:

    I grew with MJ too. I just KNEW I was going to marry him.

    I saw a picture of him this morning circa “ABC” and burst into tears. I’m kinda surprised at how upset I am given the MJ I loved “died” many years ago.

    I breaks my heart to see what happened to him post Thriller. The surgeries, trials, money troubles. I heard on the news there were days when he spoke to nobody. So strange as he always seemed to have people around him.

    He IS Norma Desmond. I wish there was a happier ending for Michael.

    But I will always remember jumping for joy whenever he and his brothers were on American Bandstand or Soul Train, the GENIUS that is OFF THE WALL, The Motown 25 special, the opening bass line to “Billie Jean” , how love for his talent transcended race, generations, countries. He along with Price and Madonna built MTV back in the 80s. (how weird they are all the same age!)

    RIP Michael. I hope he has some peace now.

  41. mamafly says:

    Michael! All I can say is thank you for the music and your generosity expressed through your too many talents. You touched our hearts and for that we thank you and wish you to RIP. My prayers go to you and your family.

    I love every single song you wrote and sung.
    Michael, King of Pop, I wish you to be happy for good. It is a little bit of my childhood which is gone with you yesterday.

    LOVE TO ALL, BELLAS! THANK YOU, MIKE!

  42. It’s hard to have a fave. Loved his work in the Jackson 5 particularly the Christmas album and Ben. Even as a child his aura was there. Don’t stop til you get enough, Thriller ,We are the World and so many others were music I couldn’t get enough of.

    On another note follow me at brownsugawoman:)

  43. jazzymelanin says:

    Growing up my first and only album until I could buy them myself in high school was ABC. I was so thrilled I took it to elementary school and while lining up to go in, the record slipped out and a big chunk came out. I was devastated. I never understood until yesterday why I never threw it away and it’s still a part of my music collection :)

    My first album and my first crush. I remember watching in on the Dating Game and wishing I was in the girl’s shoes that he picked.
    My fav videos – Remember the Time and Jam. My fav song – Man in the Mirror

    Michael may you RIP and my heart goes out to your family. I’ve been watching MTV as he is being the honored the way I wish to remember him, as an amazing entertainer and hearing the statements from celebrities who held him in high regard.

  44. The one person I wanted to see in concert. I am so sad, RIP MJ. Your music will be remembered.

  45. It feels like a piece of my childhood died yesterday. My dear husband, bless him, just doesn’t understand why I’m so upset. All of my friends, all of my female cousins, if you had asked any of us in 1983-1985 who we were going to marry, we would have all answered Michael Jackson. His sweetness, his talent, his soft kind nature. Every performance I ever see I compare in my mind to his appearance on that Motown special, and I find them all wanting for the pure magic of that performance.

    I remember writing fan letters of love to Michael with my cousins when I was 9 years old. We memorized all the facts of his life to pretend we were closer to him (only person’s birthday outside my family and close friends I had memorized). The only poster I ever had on the walls of my childhood room.

    Seeing him perform was always pure joy. Insane talent with dancing, a voice that was probably underappreciated, songwriter, it goes on. I never saw anyone who just left it all on the stage and connected one on one with everyone in a screaming arena or even over the airwaves.

    I still am lying to myself and telling myself it’s a hoax and it’s not really true. I cried at the gym yesterday when I heard the news and have been numb since.

  46. It’s so funny reading Ericka’s post because if you substitute 1983-1985 with 1973-1975, that could be me speaking. :)

    In a small sense I agree with those who said that the MJ they loved died a long time ago. However, with his physical presence gone from the earth, the little girl in me is mourning today.

  47. I still can’t believe it. I couldn’t even cry when it was confirmed he was dead,but as the evening went on I began to cry. I cried as I watched more and more coverage before I turned it off for awhile. I just needed a break,and then I decided to listen to the radio to hear his great music. My kids and I danced the night away. I couldn’t single out one song. He had so many great songs. He will truly be missed. R.I.P Micheal Jackson

  48. paradisebird says:

    while staying up late yesterday i heard the sad news on cnn and simply thought it was not true. now. i am sad.my mind refuses to let this sink in. even in rural germany where i grow up every kid had a MJ poster on his/her wall and “Thriller” was our drug of choice. RIP, Michael and thank you for blessing us with your music. May your soul find peace.

  49. I, too, had posters of MJ all over my walls. The picture I used to kiss all the time when I was a kid was the one where he was wearing a brown leather jacket and jeans with a big belt buckle. It was a 24×36 pic on the outside of my bedroom door. I had the doll, I made my own glitter glove, I got the jacket from “beat It” for Christmas one year. I have too many favorite MJ songs.
    I am over here hurt like I lost a distant but beloved relative. May his soul find peace at last. I am bracing myself for all the tabloid speculation and for people trying to make a quick buck out of this. It makes me sad. What amazes me is that despite the strange turn his life had taken over the past 10-15 years, his legacy was already cemented and could not be denied. In this age of ringtone superstars and iTunes, his sales will never be matched. No one will even sell that many records or have big tours like his ever again. RIP Michael!

  50. Thanks Bella’s! I can’t seem to stop crying it is amazing that we all have similar stories of MJ! Your comments have helped me, he is resting now!

  51. Waiting at a bus stop in darkness with my mother and best friend Teresa as we took a bus down to RFK stadium to get ‘Victory’ tour tickets. The jubliation I felt getting those tickets has probably not been duplicated. Pure pre-teen joy! Teresa was the one who called 25 years later to break the news from DC to NYC. I’m glad it was her.
    Top 5:
    Never Can Say Goodbye
    Remember The Time
    Lady In My Life
    Liberian Girl
    People Make the World Go Round
    Actually, that’s just the top 5 in this moment.
    Love you Michael!

  52. The only word that comes to mind when I think of Michael Jackson is THRILLER!!!!!!!

    I was living in Mississippi at the time. Right before the album came out one of my aunts told me that a friend told her that Michael Jackson had an album coming out that was going to blow everybody’s mind.

    I remember where I was the night MTV….. who back then did NOT play black videos…..played THRILLER.

    I still get chills when I watch the GENIUS that was that video.

    I feel fortunate to have been alive to get to see and appreciate Michael Jackson. And I hope they give him a final STANDING OVATION at his funeral.

    Often imitated, but never duplicated. There will NEVER be another entertainer like Michael Jackson.

    Thank you Michael….

  53. Kwana aka OrangeStar616 says:

    I like most of you all grew up on Mike and the Jackson 5 etc, it was almost like he was apart of ALL our fams…
    I think one of my fav memories was watching Motown 25 live when I was about 8 or 9 nine years old and the house just erupted when he moonwalked, I mean everybody was siced from the oldest to the youngest.. I had posters, BUTTONS, LOL, 45′s and album(s)..he was just the ULITIMATE…….. May GOD bless his soul and yes may he def have the peace now that this world could not provide!!!

  54. yellowbird says:

    I’m glad you chose this image Afrobella, I think it reminds us of the gentle aspects of the man. Not to mention, the fact that he was incredibly handsome!! As a 70′s child with little spending money I have to admit to trying to “record” his music from the radio to learn the lyrics. This is really quite shattering and immensely saddening. Michael Jackson’s music and philanthropy will endure and will be recalled for generations to come.

  55. MJ was a huge part of my childhood. I had my favorite denim jacket in 3rd grade, and both its sleeves were adorned with my collection of MJ buttons: my favorite of the bunch was that pic of MJ in his brown leather jacket and jeans striking a pose in front of a lavendar background. He was my first crush.

    I didn’t have a Ken doll. My MJ doll sang to my Barbie dolls during my playtime. I remember MJ and Black Barbie had a thing. Then he moved on to Spanish Barbie.

    I was grateful to reclaim a bit of my childhood when I bought an iPod…then I downloaded all my favorite tracks from the Triumph, Destiny, Off the Wall and Thriller albums.

    Today I heard “Heaven Can Wait” for the first time. I think that’s my new favorite, considering he’s passed on to another world now. I realize that there’s so much music I missed out on because I paid too much attention to his drama and not his art. I need to rediscover “Dangerous” and “Invincible”.

    I hope he’s giving the performance of his lifetime now in the arms of God.

  56. Mike was Mike. We all loved him at some point. He is responsible for the success Black artists now take for granted on MTV. I remember the fear from watching Thriller, but being unable to turn from the tv. I remember listening to my parents Jackson 5 LPs. He seemed like a big child and I feel like I officially grew up yesterday upon hearing the horrible news. His videos were always something to watch, even if you didn’t like the song. He will be truly, truly, truly missed. My hearts go out to Joe and Katherine and Rebbie, Janet, Latoya, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy and Tito. And especially to his three childrent. Your daddy will be forever missed and loved. He was the King of Pop.

  57. A misunderstood genius.Rest in peace Michael. You gave so much to so many. Thank you x

  58. melanie says:

    Thank all of you positive Bellas out there for remembering the good.

  59. R.I.P MICHAEL JACKSON U WILL FOREVER BE MISS LOVE U MICHAEL.MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THIS UNBELEIVEABLE TIME LOVE ALWAY’S

  60. styleosophy says:

    I remember the day my mama surprised me with tickets to see the Jackson 5. Michael sang Ben, I cried, and cried while he sung that sung, and laughed when Randy tripped coming onto the stage zipping up his pants. I didn’t get onto twitter, nor the web just because the last day or so cause I’m really not ready to process the loss.

    He was a genius in the truest sense of the word. He has left a legacy of fabulous music and artistry that can never be duplicated.

    We miss you Mike.

  61. Wendy "Nef" Robinson says:

    I was and still am in shock. I wake up thinking it’s just a dream. Although I’m fully aware that each one of us must transition, it’s hard to accept that my first crush, the gorgeous brothah that stayed on my wall (Thriller album) until I went off to college and then in my freshman dorm room is with The Creator.

    I had the Beat It jacket (in black), the bubble gum cards, the albums, the books, the frame pic with him in a yellow sweater. I luved me some Michael and dared anyone to talked about him badly.

    Do yall remember the debate: Prince or Michael? Well in my heart it was and will always me Michael Jackson. RIP and farewell.

  62. Lovenia says:

    My fav song to sing was Ben – perfect pitch for my voice. But I also loved the album ‘Off the Wall’ which seems to be ignored w/all the talk of Thriller. I loved ‘Human Nature’ though and ‘You Are not Alone’ and Never Can Say Goodbye’ and ‘Got to be There’…i don’t know, I could go on and on…there’s so much!! ‘Rock With You’!! So so much!!

  63. ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID says:

    RIP Michael.

  64. I grew up in grouphomes and foster care and have been adopted twice and so on and you know what….? Michael Jackson was the most stable, constant and pure thing I could have had growning up….I find myself tearing up if I even think about his passing, though i can say i haven’t heard his music again until just recently. I just kind of forgot about him for the longest time….I forgot how important he was to this world, and am now remembering… Though I never really believed the stuff that was thrown at him, the constant pervert messages from the media did not help either. I believe that the collective public conscience really punished him as a symbol of something he wasn’t. His world wide familiarity made him an easy target for anything. He so loved the world and we unwittingly left him heart broken and alone. You can see it in the timeline of some of his song lyrics. I just discovered a really cool one actually. It’s called, They Don’t Really Care About Us”, and the versions I found were on you tube. There are a few versions of this song, most notably the jailhouse version and the brazilian community version which i like best @ 4 to 7 some odd minutes. But please find the lyrics and read them as it can initially be hard to hear it all. He was a wonderful person who lived an extrordinary life and I regret that I didn’t do more to be there for him…Maybe I can help out his familly… I’m gonna go buy a few records….
    luv you Michael…rip

  65. I didn’t realize how I would be affected by Mr. Jackson’s passing.

    I grew up in the 1980′s and everyone my age with a radio or M-TV heard or saw Michael Jackson. I fondly remember walking down the street one summer afternoon with Gina, a girl a couple years older than me, singing “Beat It” and “Billie Jean”.

    I was there when the “Black or White” and “Scream” videos premiered on Fox Television.

    I think my favorite MJ song is “Will You Be There”, because it sounds to me like he is talking to God and that gives me a little comfort about his eternal situation (I hope he knew the LORD).

    I have been disappointed with the magazine coverage so far. NEWSWEEK and TIME both basically did rip pieces. I am hoping for better things from PEOPLE and JET.

    God bless all of you.

  66. In 1984 I was 4 years old. I used to sit next to the living room speakers for hours listening to my parents’ Thriller tape while they were at work. Michael Jackson coined my childhood years.

    Later in 1992, I would be so excited to see the prime-time TV World Premier of Black or White and Do You Remember the time…Right after The Cosby Show and before In Living Color.
    Michael Jackson shaped my teen years.

    The night he passed away, I went to sleep feeling that something and someone very special was missing from the world and from my life. I don’t think that feeling will ever go away. Thankfully the memories live on through the music.

    Rest in Peace Michael. We always loved you. I hope you knew that.

  67. Danielle says:

    Michael Jackson was a gift from God sent down to sing hits that made history. He was an influence to musicians and many others. He was one of few who was not afraid to express his thoughts and he showed that through his music, he was a great man and misunderstood by some but loved by many more. But now it is time for our angel to fly back to heaven and moon walk in the clouds where he will truly be Peter Pan and never grow up. We love you Michael your legacy will live forever. Long live the King of Pop!

  68. My daughter and I was watching a tribute to Michael today. She’s 4 years old. She loves Michael. She asked me where was Michael now. I told her he was in Heaven with Jesus. She replied ” Momma, I want to go to heaven to see Michael. Can I go now?” I couln’t sing the songs becuse she wanted to hear Michael without interuption.

    Michael is the Greatest performer that ever lived. His perfomances on stage is unbealievable. He will be truly missed.

  69. Thanh Vu says:

    My mom has cried every single day since Jacko went away.

  70. rip>>>my kinG

    rip>>my legenD

    rip>>my GOD

    you know when i heard that i cried so much ..and i said:”THEY TEACH US AT SCHOOLS THAT GODS NOT DEAD ..AND MJ is like a goD..how could that happened” ..ilove u so much ..i believe on u too much ..im not gonna miss u at all..koz u will b always N my broken heart and that will b 4 ever..no 1 can b just like the kinG ..so..don’t tell me Elevis or the beatelz or even damn madonna koz they r no Thing in front of his career ..goD bless u up there ..koz that is the place where u BLONG..sorry mike i know they hRt u so much but we didn’t heard u murmuring of that..koz ur so classy and such a great human being…i love u so much and ur r my god.. my hero.. and my angel..and btw thanks 4 makinG our world batter place

    love ya
    ..xoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxooxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxox

  71. Like many of you, I was taken off guard by how hard MJ’s death has hit me. I honestly haven’t given him much of a thought in the past 20 years or so, and I think I’m feeling a little guilty. I feel like I abandoned him after he gave so much to me. I cry thinking about the pain he had to endure when all he wanted to do was bring people happiness and joy and love and magic. I was 13 years old when I first heard Billie Jean and that was all it took. I was hooked. I was vaguely familiar with the Jackson 5, my parents had one of their records. I don’t remember which one but it had a song called Boogeyman on it…and I used to listen to that song over and over as a child. But when I heard Billie Jean, and then Beat It, it was like a whole new world opened up for me. I’d always had this feeling of being misunderstood, the kind of kid who always feels alone in a crowd. For some unexplicable reason, Michael’s songs made me feel understood…finally! I remember waiting for the Thriller video, wearing my Michael Jackson t-shirt…and then going to the video store 10 times a day to check to see if the video for the Making of Thriller was in (it was usually checked out). Throughout the years, through his changes in appearance, legal problems, and sometimes questionable choices I kind of gave up on him. It didn’t seem like the person I “knew” back in the 80s, but with his death, I realize that it was unfair of me to judge him or expect him to remain that person I fell in love with. I think a part of why I’m so upset is that his music was the soundtrack of my childhood and I feel like my childhood has died along with him (strange thing for an almost 40 year old to feel!). More than anything though, I’m grateful to MJ for all of the love and happiness he brought to my life and millions of others. We’re lucky he existed at all.

  72. i can not beleive he has passed away. He was and is the king of pop. He was the greatest singer and i feel like there is a peice missing from my heart. I wish i could have seen him live. It is not fair i wish he was still here.

  73. He is and was my hero. He done loads of good songs and he will always remain in my heart. I will always miss him. It does not feel real. I just want him back. This should not of happened he did not deserve it. He is in a good place and may he Rest In Peace. I will always love your music. And i will listen to it everyday.

  74. chinadoll says:

    I feel terible about his death.My whole family grew up on his music.I love Michael Jackson and he will always be in my heart.I listen to him everyday and I always will.

    R.I.P Micheal I love u very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. hi how are you i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  76. biggest star on earth RIP thanks for the best child hood Michael

  77. grr………………………..
    u know i luv michael with all my heart and have been killing myself try in to do the moonwalk and i read what the supid doctor do and i is mad but michael i rly HOPE ur with GOD not the devil say hi to my godmother and my granfather and my cousin

  78. i never heard any songs until he died. i was in love with thriller ’til i heard BAD it is now my fav song.i have a pic of him in dangerous’ as my wallpaper on my phone. i am only 11yrs old and i love michael he is my HERO!!

  79. i can do the moonwalk it takes lots of practice but succeeded king of pop, we will all miss u. R.I.P MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!

  80. Michael you know you rock my world. I love you Michael. You are my life, the way you and me work. I promise you i never can see you again so i see your photo but you are not alone. I love you Michael.

    Just From: Christy

  81. *(chorus)You are the sun
    You make me shine
    Or more like the stars
    That twinkle at night
    You are the moon
    That glows in my heart
    You’re my daytime my nighttime
    My world
    You are my life

    Now I wake up everyday
    With this smile upon my face
    No more tears, no more pain
    Cause you love me
    You help me understand
    That love is the answer to all that i am
    And I’m a better man
    You taught me by sharing your life

    You are the sun
    You make me shine
    Or more like the stars
    That twinkle at night
    You are the moon
    That glows in my heart
    You’re my daytime my night time
    My world
    You’re my life

    You gave me strength
    When i wasn’t strong
    You gave me hope when all hope is lost
    You opened my eyes When i couldn? t see
    Love was always here waiting for me

  82. anonymous says:

    I can’t pretend to be like the rest of you who have all grown up loving Michael. I’m part of the generation who never knew him until he died. And i know that makes people mad; they say we never really felt the spark and we’re just jumping on the bandwagon. But if by “spark” they mean getting goosebumps every time you see live footage, getting knots in your stomach when you hear one of his emotional songs, or smiling every time you hear his voice, then I’ve felt it. Michael Jackson was an amazing person who has inspired me to change my outlook on life. Although I may be late, I believe that Michael would want everyone to be inspired by his music. I know he is in a place where the tabloids can’t hurt him anymore. He’s in a place where no one is going to judge him for being himself. We all wish Michael could have done the “This Is It” tour, but we can’t doubt for one second that the King of Pop has made his comeback. A generation that never knew his music is hearing it now and those who were starting to forget the fire are remembering. Perhaps this is the comeback that worked better for Michael. Maybe he needed to be at peace. Regardless, as we mourn Micheal’s death we should remember one thing; Michael is finally getting the respect he always deserved. People all over the world are coming together and the whole world is dancing again.

  83. The day you were born, you belong to your parents but when the world started hearing you sing… You belong to the World. We will miss you…I will miss you… your own words… “I love you more”

  84. I’m only 12 and my dads sister got the new cd michael jackson numbe ones . I loved it so much and got mom to get it for me that was like almost a year ago i grew to love him and i downloaded alot of his song when i heard he died i was shocked . All im trying to say id that no mater what age you are you can still like people that your parents grew up with .
    thanks
    R.I.P Michael Joseph Jackson <3

  85. Where do I start. I saw your tweet about this so I will add my feelings on MJ’s passing. I was born in 1984, a good year I might add. So I remember “Bad” and beyond. My mother told me how awesome MJ was and she just went on and on about “Thriller” I guess I am more familiar with the 90s music from him but I have since went back and bought a lot of old records and something really changed in MJ. His tone in his songs seemed more dark to me, like he was really hurting, crying out. I am so saddened by his death, saddened by how he lived his life, how people tried their best to tear this black man down. I felt like I have lost my dad or uncle or someone. He meant that much to us all. My mother passed some yrs ago, so I can listen to him and think about happier times when she was here. The media really hurt MJ. he was hurt beyond repair. MJ really needed help when he was living but I know he is resting in eternal bliss, so I find comfort in knowing he does not have to suffer anymore. I play MJ all the time and me and my young child love him and can’t get enough. MJ will live on forever because his music was timeless. God bless the Jackson family, and any family tht has lost a loved one.
    I love his song “I Can’t Help It” that might be my favorite but he has so much great music, its hard to pick just one, lol.

  86. A misunderstood genius we loved u Mike and i will never 4get the magic, the brilliance thank you 4 those beautiful moments and 4 influencing so many people all ova è world to dream big

  87. MJ always in my heart
    …the legend live on..

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